Spring 2016 Advising Notes

Honors Program Advising Notes – Spring 2016

My Advice: Please consider challenging yourself by taking a course you think you aren’t particularly good at, do not typically take, or you do not think will be interesting. In other words, take something that is outside the box for you. This is the time to expand your horizons.

There will be a special advising session on Tuesday November 3 in Textor 101 from 12:10-1:00. This is a great opportunity to get your questions about the requirement of the Honors Program answered. Round food will be provided.

I will update this page regularly as I get more information and you point out errors. Last Updated 11/16/2016

  • Seniors you may be asking, Where are the Senior Seminars for the seniors? We will not be offering the senior seminar anymore. You may take any 3 credit course and complete a waiver/sub to have it count in degree evaluation.  The process has changed and so just send Tom and email with your id number and the course you will use for the substitution and he’ll take care of it.
  • Notes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Honors Students. In short to finish Honors you must complete 11 credits plus 18 points plus a thesis plus a capstone course within five categories while maintaining a 3.0 gpa. The blog has a checklist that will help you keep track of requirements. At the moment degree evaluation in Homer is not correct.
    • If you are in an Honors course now you should be putting something in the Taskstream DRF every time you do something for Honors (take a course, complete a requirement, etc.), if you don’t keep up with this we will be contacting you to see if you really want to be in the Honors Program.
    • Global Engagement: Remember you can fulfill this category by either studying abroad or taking the International Scholarly Conversation (great course, offered in the spring only). Plan ahead on this.
    • Cultural Engagement: This can be fulfilled by doing stuff on your own (see the Cursus) or by taking Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College (great course that will start being offered every semester).
    • Scholarly Achievement: See taskstream for clear information about how to fulfill this category. This is an 18 point category. Points can be achieved with more coursework (1 credit is worth 2 points). You can also achieve points by actively engaging in writing papers and giving presentation outside of the classroom (e.g., conference, scholarly publications). You should start paying attention to opportunities to do these things. Our expectation is that most all of you should be able to reduce your course credit load by 1-3 credits, but it gets harder to do more than that (consider that a challenge). Every fall we will offer the option of participating in the career readiness certificate program which is worth 2 points.
    • The Thesis: Remember you will need to do a thesis (or something equivalent). Start keeping track of opportunities in your major to do this.
    • Civic Engagement: We offer a 1 credit course to accomplish this as well as a self-directed option by way of a proposal. You want to talk to Pat Spencer, the Honors Civic Engagement Coordinator, if you have an idea. Also, see the Taskstream DRF for more details.
  • FAQ
    • Where do I find Honors Courses? When you go into Homer go to Class Schedule -> Select Spring 2016 -> Under Subject select Ithaca College Honors.
    • How do I find a description of courses? When you are in Homer looking at all the Spring 2015 honors courses the syllabus link is live. Clicking on this will give you a description of the course. I’ve also placed them at the bottom of this page.
    • Where do I find gen ed designations? The Homer class schedule is not always up to date about gen ed attributes. Below I’ve listed what we are expecting, but can’t guarantee at this time. If it is listed in Homer it is a guarantee, otherwise it is only what we are hoping to accomplish.
    • When do I register? Honors students get to register on the first day. Your time card should be for Nov 9.
    • I need a course override, how do I do that? There is a new electronic process for course overrides. See Electronic Override Instructions  Please don’t flood the system with overrides just because you can in some effort to optimize your schedule.
    • Where do I learn more about the registration process? Go to the registrar’s page.
    • Does Honors count as a CLA for H&S? Yes, The H&S CLA form is here http://www.ithaca.edu/hs/advising/docs/clainhs/claplanstatement/ the footnote on the bottom of the first page tells you how to use Honors to complete the CLA.

3 Credit Courses

  • Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College
  • Creativity and Madness: An Investigation (Writing Intensive Attribute)(old gen ed: 3a)
  • The Sixties: Cultural, Social, and Political Movements (Diversity Attribute)
  • Architecture of Health: Race, Place and Inequality (Writing Intensive Attribute)
  • Terrorism and Insurgencies
  • Spiritual Journeys (Writing Intensive Attribute)
  • South Asia: History, Politics and Culture (Taught by our visiting international scholar)
  • Mockingbird (Writing Intensive Attribute)
  • The Challenges of Prediction (Quantitative Literacy Attribute)
  • International Scholarly Conversation (Diversity Attribute)(old gen ed: 1, g)

2 Credit Courses

  • Simple Machines in Practice and Theory (This course won’t be offered again until spring 2018)

1 Credit Courses

  • Natural Disasters
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Opera Immersion (You are expected to attend the opera on March 26. There will be a fee, approximately $30, to attend the opera. The course is listed as a full semester course because of technical reasons. The course will actually meet for the first half of the semester, but skipping two dates (likely Feb 15 and March 7), and then twice after spring break on March 21 and March 28.)
  • Numbers in the News (Quantitative Literacy Attribute. This is part of the group of 1 credit courses you can take to fulfill QL. You need to do three of them. We try to make sure there is a 1 credit QL course in Honors each semester.)
  • Power and Justice in the Dark Knight Trilogy
  • Opportunities for Civic Engagement: Citizenship and Service within “The Community” (Covers the Honors Civic Engagement requirement. Expect that this course will require more time than a typical 1 credit course.)
  • SERIAL (The Podcast)
  • Living Well in the 21st Century
  • Slow Read: Tristam Shandy
  • Slow Read: The Golem and the Jinni
  • Capstone (There is no time listed for this course. We expect that only a few juniors will be ready to take the Honors capstone course and the time will be arranged based on the schedule of all those involved.)

Courses that will count for Honors:

We will do a waiver sub for up to 3 credits of FLEFF blogging.  Applications for FLEFF blogging internships (which is a three credit seminar 300 level seminar) are due Friday October 30. Sophomore, junior, or senior standing only, preferably with prior FLEFF fellows course or mini courses.

We will do a waiver sub for this one credit course:  Experiencing Teatro – 41124  – SPAN 270, W 4-5:50.  The object of the course is to stage a chosen play from the Spanish, Latin American, or US Latino Spanglish traditions. All students registered in the course will be expected to participate in some aspect of the staging of the performance. Students do not need to have previous theater or theater production experience. The course is open to students of all levels of Spanish proficiency. The course may be repeated for credit a total of 3 times. Prerequisite: one course in the humanities.1 credit. (F-S, Y)

Course Descriptions – 3 Credit Courses

Cultural Encounters with IC (David Flanagan)
CRN 42758 HNRS 15000 MWF 1:00-1:50pm
Investigation of the broad range of cultural experiences to be encountered at Ithaca College. We will experience and discuss some of the broad range of music, theatre, art, lectures and discussion, and other cultural opportunities on campus. Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program.

Creativity and Madness (Mary Beth O’Connor)
CRN 42799 HNRS 20016 MW 4:00-5:15pm
Much has been written on the apparent relationship between creativity and madness, going at least as far back as the Socratic Dialogue Ion in which Plato describes the inspired artist as inhabiting a state of “divine madness.” Taking up C.G. Jung’s warnings against reductionism, specifically his admonition that we remember that “a work of art is not a disease,” we will problematize such terms as “madness,” “mental illness,” and “creativity,” and then proceed to investigate psychoanalytic theories including the following: that there is, in fact, more psychiatric illness among creative people than in the general population, that both genius and insanity are handed down in families, that the artist creates in order to heal her or himself, that the mood disturbances present in a high percentage of artists and writers may be related to cognitive processes associated with certain emotional states, and even that there is no real link between creativity and madness. We’ll also view and read the works of visual artists and writers identified as having suffered from “madness,” as well as accounts by these artists and writers themselves regarding their motivations for creating art, their use of suffering in their work, and their self-destructive tendencies. The course is designed as an exploration into an issue fraught with a long history of philosophical assumptions, scientific theories, and personal narratives, as well as a rich body of artistic work. It is a necessarily interdisciplinary investigation, with important implications especially for those who wish to pursue art themselves, as well as for those interested in aesthetics, psychology, literature, and visual art.

The Sixties: Cultural, Social and Political Movements (Ron Denson)
CRN 42802 HNRS 20020 TR 9:25-10:40am
This course examines a range of cultural, environmental, and political issues raised with particular urgency in the 1960s, with special focus on the youth rebellion and the counter-culture; movements for civil and human rights; questions of war and violence, both domestically and internationally; and the emergence of an environmentalist/Native American critique of mainstream Western assumptions and behaviors.

Architecture of Health: Race, Place and Inequality (Stewart Auyash)
CRN 43349 HNRS 20028 TR 4:00-5:15pm
This course studies the meanings and ideas of the part of our world we call health and how we built and developed them. Combining history, anthropology, politics, and literary analysis with public health, students will embark on intellectual journey concerning all things “health”. Health will be considered as an architectonic concept: learning about how the development of the ways we know and learn about health informs how we live, think, communicate, and act on it.

Terrorism and Insurgencies (Chip Gagnon)
CRN 44046 HNRS 20033 MWF 1:00-1:50pm
Terrorism has been making headlines. What is it? Why do people become terrorists? How is terrorism related to insurgencies? We’ll be looking at these and other related questions to try to understand why people use violence and how they respond to violence.

Spiritual Journeys (Rachel Wagner)
CRN 44047 HNRS 20034 TR 1:10-2:25pm
In this course, we explore the intersections between different religious traditions by reading travel narratives. In a world increasingly defined by global exchange, this course invites consideration of how the boundaries that seem to divide us may actually be invitations to curiosity, conversation, and greater understanding.

South Asia: History, Politics and Culture (Raza Rumi)
CRN 44048 HNRS 20035 TR 2:25-3:50pm
This course will familiarize students with the histories, politics and cultures of South Asia. The aim is to introduce key historical trends, the colonial experience and rise of nationalism in the twentieth century. While the course covers the entire region, areas of focus will be India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The course would also cover contemporary topics such as identity formation in nascent nation states, human development, religion and political structures within South Asia. Using an array of sources – folk cultures, the arts and selected texts – students would study the region and its myriad historical and contemporary dimensions. Selected musical performances, films including mainstream cinema and documentaries, dance, television and theatrical productions, visual narrations of art and architecture will be shown and discussed in the class. Special areas of focus will entail gender, the state of religious and ethnic minorities, religious extremism and contested views on human rights.

Mockingbird (Bruce Henderson)
CRN 44049 HNRS 20036 TR 1:10-2:25pm
One of the landmark events in the experiences of most middle- or high-school students is their first encounter with Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird:  this novel has often been students’ first encounter with a fictional depiction of racism in the South of the pre-Civil Rights era.  Similarly, one of the most awaited literary events of the last two years has been the announcement and eventual publication of Lee’s “second” Scout novel, Go Set a Watchman, whose reception has been complex, often polarized, and fascinating.  In between (and before), of course, there has been the emergence of what one might call the “Harper Lee-Industrial Complex,” films and stage adaptations of the novel; critical scholarship (less than you might think); children’s and YA novels using the Lee novel as a springboard for stories about everything from censorship, autism, school shootings, and the childhood friendship between Lee and the writer Truman Capote, a relationship that haunts the production of Capote’s non-fiction project In Cold Blood.  There have been biographies (none authorized) of Lee; popular genres that seem to flow from Lee’s story of trials, racial violence, and childhood, such as John Grisham’s legal thriller A Time to Kill.  Lee herself has been represented, both as her avatar Scout Finch in the iconic 1962 film, and in adult versions in films centering on Capote, where she has been played by actresses such as Catherine Keener and Sandra Bullock.  There is even a disturbingly sizable and “vivid” trove of Mockingbird fan fiction (“My Night with Atticus,” anyone?).  Come spend a semester revisiting Lee’s classic novel, with slightly older eyes and experiences, and see what that one book has led to in the imagination and shared memories of the United States.  Maybe even create your own “Mockingbird.”

The Challenges of Prediction (James Conklin)
CRN 44050 HNRS 20037 TIME MWF 12:00-12:50pm
To quote baseball sage Yogi Berra, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Despite this, we are bombarded with predictions ranging from Netflix and Facebook predicting what movies and friends we might be interested in to vitally important predictions about our economic, political and environmental futures. This course will explore both the art and science of prediction. The quantitative science of handling “Big Data” gives us potentially powerful predictive tools, while Chaos Theory and the idea of the Butterfly Effect gives insights to some fundamental limitations to these tools. Central also to the course will be investigations of the human art of prediction. There are contexts when human intelligence and insight do better at prediction; other times biases and misunderstandings of human forecasters have resulted in dramatic failures of prediction. The course will explore prediction in many contexts with special emphasis on predictions of human health, political and economic forecasting and the prediction of climatic and environmental change.

International Scholarly Conversation (James Pfrem)
CRN 42804 HNRS 21500 TIME MW 4:00-5:15pm
Focuses on intellectual careers or scholarly issues associated with major international visiting scholars at Ithaca College. Many of these scholars are Fulbright scholars invited to campus for this course. Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Course Descriptions – 2 credits

Simple Machines in Practice and Theory (Jennifer Mellott)
CRN 42891 HNRS 23012 W 11:00am-12:50pm
In this course students will develop an understanding of simple machines and how they function.  Students will be asked to create their own machines by themselves and in groups.  This course is designed to expand students “making” ability and confidence through guided experiential learning.  Included in this experience will be an exposure to a variety of hand and power tools within a shop setting.  There will be specific vocabulary, techniques and practices relevant to simple machines and making that will be taught and tested.  The material covered will be as varied as “what is a lever?” to “how do I turn on an led with a micro controller?”  Students should expect this course to challenge the mind, develop hands-on building skills, and include hands-on experience with simple machines.

Course Descriptions – 1 credit

Danger! Understanding Not-So-Natural Disasters (Jake Brenner)
CRN 42806 HNRS 23006 W 2:00-2:50pm
Why do two extreme events with identical physical properties (eg earthquakes) have drastically different effects on different groups of people in different places? Perhaps natural disasters are not so natural after all. This seminar brings together the physical and social dimensions of environmental hazards. Students in all majors will understand more clearly what’s so dangerous about the environment we live in.

Winter Wonderland (Jason Hamilton)
CRN 42807 HNRS 23007 T 2:35-4:25pm
Nature does not go to sleep in the winter! Come outside and let’s see what’s going on. This seminar will be a face-to-face encounter with the Ithaca College Natural Lands. Students will learn how to read a forest, examining it for signs of life and health, through the skill of tracking. You’ll never see the woods in the same way after taking this seminar. Please note that significant portions of this seminar will take place outdoors in the Ithaca College Natural Lands and will require moderately paced walking in a woodland.

Opera Immersion (Timothy Johnson & Erik Angerhofer)
CRN 42808 HNRS 23008 M 6:00-8:00pm
Study of Mozart’s opera, Le nozze di Figaro, leading to attendance of a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in NY City. You are expected to attend the opera on March 26. There will be a fee, approximately $30, to attend the opera. The course is listed as a full semester course because of technical reasons. The course will actually meet for the first half of the semester, but skipping two dates (likely Feb 15 and March 7), and then twice after spring break on March 21 and March 28.

Numbers in the News (Thomas Pfaff)
CRN 43978 HNRS 23009 W 3:00-3:50pm
With the growth of technology, the use of data and quantitative information has grown. Our ability to make wise decisions, for personal or professional reasons, depends on our quantitative reasoning skills. The course will focus on the use of numbers in the news and how to interpret them to make wise decisions. This course is expected to be part of 3 one credit courses that will satisfy the Quantitative Literacy attribute.

Power and Justice in the Dark Knight Trilogy (Elizabeth Bleicher)
CRN 43408 HNRS 23011 T 6:00-8:00 pm
This seminar employs film appreciation and analysis of the most recent Batman movie series, “The Dark Knight” trilogy to explore issues within the ICC theme of Power and Justice. In “The Dark Knight,” the character of Batman progresses from a wealthy businessman’s son into a masked vigilante of the shadows. This creates a medium through which we will investigate social and interpersonal power structures and the ethical conflicts to which they give rise. Within our discussions and analyses, students will be required to critically examine the world around us and develop their own definitions of justice, character and personal integrity. Together, we will identify real-world ideological and judicial structures, and build not only our awareness of how they operate within contemporary society, but the individual and collective actions we can take to create a more just world.

Opportunities for Civic Engagement: Citizenship and Service within “The Community” (Patricia Spencer)
CRN 43353 HNRS 23018 W 11:00-11:50am
To complete the Civic Engagement requirement, students in the Honors Program must demonstrate a significant experience of engagement within “the community,” which might consist of the Ithaca College community; the local, regional, national, or global community; or a student’s home community. This pilot seminar will facilitate the pairing of four project partners with collaborative groups of Honors students to meet a need within the local community. Aligned with recognized programs at Ithaca College, potential projects will have an education, creative arts, health services, sustainability, or social enterprise overlay. This seminar, guided by the Honors Civic Engagement Coordinator, will provide a pre-service cultural competency workshop, project alignment and individual time commitment guidelines, on-going project support, and reflection exercises. A final reflection will serve as documentation of your completion of the Civic Engagement requirement.

SERIAL: The Podcast (Thomas Shevory)
CRN 44051 HNRS 23021 R 9:25-10:15am
Involves listening too and discussing the acclaimed NPR/This American Life podcast, SERIAL. The series reopens the question of whether Adnan Syed, as a high school student, murdered his classmate (and one time girlfriend) Hae Min Lee. Syed was convicted of the crime, but he has always claimed innocence, and questions persist.

Living Well in the 21st Century: The Good Life – Individual Choices towards a Sustainable Future (John Hopple)
CRN 44052 HNRS 23022 T 9:25-10:15am
Each of us makes decisions every day that affect the manner in which we interact with the environment. Decisions as seemingly innocuous as what kind of products to buy or what type of transportation to use to major decisions concerning how and where to live, what kind of home to live in, and what livelihood to pursue. This seminar will explore the various ways in which we can live more sustainably by maximizing our quality of life while minimizing the negative impacts of our actions on the environment. Topics will include appropriate technology, permaculture, alternative energy, growing your own food, green building, ecovillages, right-livelihood, homesteading, water issues, humanure, and more. Transportation will be necessary for several of the class sessions as we visit a local farmstead and a permaculture project. Living well is not just about living the high life. Living well requires thoughtful decision-making about what is right for the individual as well as for the planet.

Slow Read: Tristam Shandy (David Kramer)
CRN 44043 HNRS 24010 F 10:00-10:50am
This one-credit course will be a Slow Read of Tristram Shandy, the funny, sad, bawdy, outrageously brilliant, wholly original novel, taken by many to be the font and inspiration for post-modern fiction. Tristram Shandy delights the reader in weird and surprising ways.

Slow Read: The Golem and the Jinni (Katharyn Machan)
CRN 44054 HNRS 24011 R 5:25-6:15pm
As students slowly read for discussion this novel published in 2013 and set more than 100 years before, they will engage in creative and expository writing based on their own research into U.S. immigration history, New York City history, and mythical lore in Jewish and Arabic cultures.

Capstone (Robert Sullivan)
CRN 43979 HNRS 30000 TBD
Students reflect on their Honors experience as they complete the Cursus Honorum/Taskstream DRF. There is no time listed for this course. We expect that only a few juniors will be ready to take the Honors capstone course and the time will be arranged based on the schedule of all those involved.