IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Matt Prokosch ’13

Meet Matt Prokosch, a graduate from the class of 2013 who majored in Social Studies education and is now a social studies teacher at Ithaca High School! Learn more about Matt below:


Current positions: “[I am currently a] social studies teacher at Ithaca High School. I teach 9th and 10th grade global history. I did my Master’s at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (the university where Prince William and Kate Middleton went to). My degree is in Modern European history.”

One piece of advice you wish you had been given at IC: Since I was an internal transfer, I wish I was in the program when I was a Freshman. I would have loved to have been in the Honors housing. Also, purposely take Honors seminars that are different from your major. Being a teacher, I have to have to be knowledgable about a wide array of non-history subjects.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why:Tom’s seminar, Oil, Energy and the Future of Society. This was one of the most beneficial courses I took at Ithaca College because I consistently reference knowledge I gained from that course while teaching. Heck, I even use excerpts from Jared Diamond’s book, Guns, Germs and Steel, in my Global 9 class! Overall, I enjoyed how Tom pushed us to connect the energy crisis to every walk of life. I’ve used this macro to micro analysis in my own teaching.”

One word that sums up your university experience:Eclectic.

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