The Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) is the set of liberal arts requirements that comprise the common academic experience for all Ithaca College students. The program is designed to help students develop skills in integrative thinking, critical and analytical problem solving, and reflective learning. All three of these skills have been identified by both employers and professional societies as essential for success in 21st century personal and professional life.
The quick summary below provides an overview of the ICC requirements in their entirety. For detailed information about each requirement, please see additional information sections (e.g., themes, diversity, writing) on the left side of this page. The total number of unique credits required to complete the ICC will range from 28-45, depending on the specific requirements of the major program and the courses each student elects to complete. Click here for a one page visual summary of ICC requirements.
Ithaca Seminar (4 credits)
An interdisciplinary liberal arts course that supports the academic and social transition to Ithaca College. All students will complete one of the seminars during their first semester. Ithaca Seminars numbered 10800 and 11800 are equivalent to WRTG 10600.
Themes and Perspectives (12 credits)
Students will complete 12 credits of coursework focused on one of six themes: Identities; Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Mind, Body, Spirit; Power & Justice; Quest for a Sustainable Future; or World of Systems. Themes and Perspectives courses may not apply toward a student's major program. The four themed perspectives are Creative Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Academic Writing (WRTG 10600) (3 credits) You may fulfill this requirement by completing WRTG 10600 at Ithaca College, by AP credit (score of 4 or 5), transfer credit for WRTG 10600, or successful completion of ICSM 10800-xx or ICSM 11800-xx. Academic Writing is a pre-requisite for writing intensive courses.
Diversity (3 credits) You may fulfill this through any designated course within the major, minor, themes and perspectives, or electives.
Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) You may fulfill this through any designated course within the major, minor, themes and perspectives, or electives.
Writing Intensive (3 credits) You may fulfill this through any designated course within the major, minor, themes and perspectives, or electives.
Complementary Liberal Arts (12 credits)
Specific requirements determined by degree program or school (see Ithaca College 2017-18 catalog for a complete listing by major program).
Capstone (0-4 credits)
ICC Capstone may be taken as a stand-alone course or as a component of a capstone course for your major.
Electronic Learning Portfolio
Each student is required to complete an ICC electronic learning portfolio before graduation. The purpose of the portfolio is for you to document your learning over the course of your time at Ithaca College (and before if you are a transfer student) so that, at the completion of your Ithaca College degree, you can articulate the knowledge, skills, and competencies you have developed through your college experiences. The electronic learning portfolio will be introduced in the Ithaca Seminar course and will be developed over the course of the student's time at Ithaca College, culminating with your ICC capstone experience, where you will pull together what you have learned from the ICC, your major coursework, and other learning experiences. The content of your ICC electronic learning portfolio can be included in professional or other showcase portfolios you wish to develop.