The Honors Advantage

Are you ready for a challenge?

As a member of our selective Ithaca College honors program, you’ll feed your curiosity and expand your perspectives in an intellectual community of students from every school at IC. You’ll have access to unique coursework, travel opportunities, and learning experiences with faculty and peers who never stop asking questions. After exploring these pages check out the IC Honors Blog for the day-to-day buzz of the program.

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What are Honors Seminars?What are Honors Seminars?
Explore a topic in depth, participate in activities that fuel your learning, and expand your intellect through meaningful discussions.

Honors classes are designed to challenge students academically and to foster a culture of intellectual curiosity and ambition. We offer a variety of three-credit and one-credit seminars to feed your curiosity, challenge your thinking, and expand your intellect. Often, professors and the program supplement classroom education with out-of-class activities such as trips or speakers. To a greater extent than other students, honors students are held personally responsible for their learning. We offer:

  • Honors Ithaca seminars (4 credits): All incoming first-year students take an Ithaca Seminar during the fall semester, but Honors students have their own seminars from which to choose. These include Why Are We Here? Student Culture and the Problem of College; Power in Athens; and Teenage Wastelands. Special presentations during the semester help orient students to the Honors Program.

  • Honors academic seminars (3 credits) are the backbone of the honors academic experience. Designed to engage students’ intellectual curiosity and to provide a highly enhanced liberal arts experience, these intensive seminars often focus on a problem or theme that is investigated and deconstructed from multiple perspectives. Examples include Music, Math, and Biology; Sex, Gender, and Desire; Digital Cultures; and Creativity and Madness.

  • Honors short seminars (1 credit) are distinctive seminars on a variety of focused topics with a singular theme. Examples are slow reads (delve deeply into one great book), Tracking (learn to read the forest), and Wagner's Ring Cycle (delve deeply into one great opera).

Honors Ithaca seminars and honors intermediate seminars help satisfy general education and ICC requirements as well as CLA requirements in some schools.

Honors Courses for Non-Honors Students
Students not enrolled in the Ithaca College Honors Program may take honors seminars provided that an opening in the section exists and permission is given by the instructor. Interested students should contact the honors program director.