Program Goals and Outcomes

Overview of the Ithaca Seminar Program

Ithaca Seminars are 4-credit interdisciplinary liberal arts courses. Approximately 3 credits are focused on topical course content and approximately 1 credit is focused on exploring and supporting the transition to college.

Overall Goals of the Ithaca Seminar Program:

  • Offer first-year students a liberal arts integrative experience in a small class setting;
  • Provide a classroom experience where students will learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view;
  • Introduce students to the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) and their electronic portfolio;
  • Connect learning with other aspects of academic and college life to help first year students make a successful transition to college.


Student Learning Outcomes of the Ithaca Seminar Program:

  • Students will develop and evaluate ideas and arguments;
  • Students will identify and articulate assumptions that underlie an idea, argument, or creative work;
  • Students will create their ICC e-portfolio and include at least one artifact;
  • Students will reflect on quality peer-to-peer interaction;
  • Students will use the resources and services on campus to achieve academic, personal, and career goals.