Fall 2018 Advising Notes

Advising Notes for Fall 2018
Updated April 23, 2018

Dear Honors students,

On this page you’ll find instructions for preparing for course registration based roughly on your year in the program. We outline the basic Honors requirements, answer some FAQ’s, and list the course descriptions for the honors courses offered in the Fall.  (You can also find these notes under Fall 2018 Advising Notes on our blog and we’ll update them as necessary.)

Since many Honors courses are experimental, you’ll notice that only “umbrella” course descriptions are listed on Homer, so this message (and the long-term Fall Advising Notes page on the blog at ichonors.com) is the best place to find course descriptions as well as ICC designations.

Each of you has been assigned an Honors Advisor as your key point person. If you have not yet met your honors advisor, check ichonors.com/resources and find yours based on your last name. Feel free to set up an appointment if you need guidance as you plan your coming semesters.

My basic advice for everyone is to consider taking a course that might challenge you. Honors is a great place for trying something new! Your Honors faculty often experiment with new, creative topics or ways of teaching.  With so much innovation, the results are likely to be pretty exciting!

Warmest wishes,
Alicia Swords 

What are the requirements for Honors?

To finish Honors you must complete the equivalent of 20 credits. The first 11 credits you must complete as HNRS coursework.  The next 9 credits you can complete as HNRS coursework or as 18 scholarly achievement points, or as combination of points and credits (2 points = 1 credit).  You also complete five categories, including a thesis, a capstone and portfolio, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

The resources page of the blog has a checklist that will help you keep track of the program requirements. The most accurate place to track your requirements is on Taskstream. Homer Degree Evaluation will reflect your achievements only once they have been manually evaluated on Taskstream, which takes time.

  • If you are in an Honors course now, make sure to upload an artifact in the Honors DRF on Taskstream. We recommend that you keep up with this. If you take a long pause, we will wonder if you really want to be in the Honors Program and we’ll get in touch to find out.
  • 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.  Also is designated for Diversity for ICC ). Plan ahead on this.
  • Cultural Engagement: This can be fulfilled by doing stuff on your own (see Taskstream) or by taking Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College (offered every semester).
  • Scholarly Achievement: See Taskstream or the Honors Program Checklist on the blog for clear information about how to fulfill this category. This is an 18-point category. Points can be achieved via coursework (1 credit is worth 2 points). You can also achieve points by engaging in scholarly work such as by writing papers or giving presentation outside of the classroom (e.g., conference, scholarly publications), but also by engaging in whatever is considered scholarship for your field. Check with your advisor if you have questions.
  • The Thesis: Remember you will need to do a thesis (or equivalent). Ask your major advisor about what thesis options there are in your major. Taskstream and the blog have the thesis guidelines and the thesis proposal form.
  • Civic Engagement: You can take the 1-credit Civic Engagement course to accomplish this, and there are also self-directed options via the Center for Civic Engagement.
  • Honors Capstone: Student must take the 1 credit Honors capstone course. We offer at least two sections each semester. You should take the capstone course once you have completed everything for the program except the thesis, or when you are in you last semester. Note: The Honors Capstone course does not count for the ICC capstone course.  You will have to take a separate ICC capstone course unless it is part of the capstone course in your major.

 Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where do I find Honors Courses? In Homer, go to Class Schedule. Select Fall 2018. Under Subject select Ithaca College Honors. (Note this is listed alphabetically under I for Ithaca not H for Honors.)
  • How do I find a description of courses? They are at the bottom of this page.
  • Where do I find ICC attribute designations? The Homer class schedule is not always up to date about ICC attributes. What we expect for attributes is listed below, but we can’t guarantee these. 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.  This year that is Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 am.
  • I need a course override, how do I do that?  There is an electronic process for course overrides. See Electronic Override Instructions.  Please use overrides sparingly. If you’re getting worried about your schedule, check in with your advisor rather than filling out 5 overrides.
  • Where do I learn more about the registration process? Go to the registrar’s page.

 3 Credit Courses: (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community, and Social Action
  • Cultural Encounters with IC
  • Digital Habitats: The Environment and The Media
  • Paradigm Shifts: History and Philosophy of Science
  • Sex, Gender, and Desire
  • The History of Satan
  • The Philosophy and Science of Sex and Love
  • The Politics of Hamilton
  • War on Drugs: Opium to Opioids  (ICC Diversity)          

 2 Credit Courses: (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding The Authentic Story in Your Academic, Professional, and Life Journey

 1 Credit Courses (Full descriptions are below.)

  • A Life in the Blues: David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  • Honors Capstone
  • Introduction to Autism: What It Is and Isn’t
  • Math of Money
  • Reading the Wild Stories of South Hill
  • The Philosophy of Im/possibility: Magic and Technology
  • Writing for Yourself

Course Descriptions – 3 Credit Course

Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community, and Social Action (Harker, David) CRN 23721 HNRS 20057 TR 1:10-2:25

What is civic engagement? What are the goals of civic engagement? What does civic engagement look like in the Ithaca community? How can various forms of civic engagement contribute to meeting the needs of communities and/or creating social change in different ways? What are the roles and responsibilities of individual citizens in addressing the pervasiveness of injustice and inequality in our society? How do our personal experiences influence the ways in which we understand social issues, and how does this understanding shape our motivations and forms of engagement? This course draws on theory, research, and direct experience to explore numerous forms of civic engagement and evaluate the opportunities and challenges each offers in working towards positive social change. This course aims to: develop a more complex understanding of what civic engagement entails; to reflect on the ways that civic engagement can complement other kinds of learning; and to develop a greater sensitivity about the needs and gifts of the greater Ithaca community and its citizens. This course also requires students themselves to engage in the local community, and critically reflect on their experience. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own personal motivations and experiences with civic engagement, as well as gain a deeper understanding of how our social identities can influence our social change efforts.

Cultural Encounters with IC ( Flanagan, David)                                                                 CRN 22454 HNRS 15000 MWF 1:00-1:50

Provides students with a structured platform for exploring the cultural offerings at Ithaca College. The seminar explores questions about Ithaca College culture including what it is and how it is shaped. Students will address these questions through attendance at cultural events, through writing about and discussing such events, and through background reading. Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program

Digital Habitats: The Environment and The Media (Zimmermann, Patricia)           CRN 23720 HNRS 20056 T 4:00-7:00

This course probes the intersection between the environment, defined as the dynamic interrelationship between nature, people, and the built environment, and the media, mapped here as ranging from analog film and video to new media art. The course investigates how artists and mediamakers not only engage and interrogate environmental struggles, but how these works in fact reconfigure how we think about and enter into the environment as participants. The course employs contemporary environmental political theory that moves beyond ecologies based in solely in the natural world to consider the role of disasters, conflicts, catastrophes, extraction, global climate change, refugees, migrants, animals, race, gender, and nation. It pairs these topics with film, video, and new media art that does more than simply represent or advocate a position but instead unpacks ways to think through the environment differently, as a constantly changing ecology. The course is international in scope.

Paradigm Shifts: History and Philosophy of Science (Brady, Rebecca)                       CRN 23038 HNRS 20048 MWF 10:00-10:50

Does “Philosophy of Science” sound like a contradiction in terms? The first time I taught such a course, I’m afraid to say I rolled my eyes a little. (I had the typical scientist’s bias against squishy humanities courses.) But teaching that course fundamentally changed the way I think about science and scientific progress. Science is much more than the slow accumulation of data or the clever conclusions of brilliant scientists. Most of the facts we accept as true are based on shockingly indirect evidence, and our current scientific worldview profoundly influences the way we interpret that evidence. Come and explore the surprisingly unintuitive nature of scientific revolutions.

Sex, Gender and Desire (Golden, Carla)                                                                                CRN 23717 HNRS 20053 TR 2:35-3:50    

While many courses set out to answer questions, this honors seminar is designed to question conventional answers, probe where our knowledge comes from, and raise new questions. How are sex, gender, and desire dynamically produced and embodied? What are the implications of the claim that sex, gender, and desire are socially constructed and/or performative? Why do we believe there are only two sexes, two genders and three sexual orientation categories? What if genders and sexualities were more fluid than fixed? Is it similar or different for women and men? Are “women” and “men” even meaningful categories? Are we born with predisposed gendered and sexual identities or are we in continual process of negotiating and performing said identities? What do we learn from people who express variant sexes, genders and sexualities? How do binary conceptions of sex/gender/desire limit our embodiment and psychic lives? How do other cultures conceptualize sex/gender/desire? What are the implications for social relations, public policy, and law, of thinking about sexes, genders, sexualities, and identities differently than we currently do? Attention will be paid to how contemporary feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and transgender studies/movements have informed our understanding of these questions.

The History of Satan (Wagner, Rachel)                                                                                  CRN 23718 HNRS 20054 TR 9:25-10:40          

This seminar will present a history of the development of the figure of Satan, ranging from ancient Jewish and Greek texts; to Christian re-interpretations of Genesis, the Book of Job, and the Book of Revelation; to medieval, Renaissance, and modern developments of the figure of Satan in religion, literature, and the visual arts. We will end with a consideration of the role of Satan in contemporary American media, especially in horror film and comedy. Where did the figure of Satan come from? How has the figure of Satan changed based on the cultural context in which he is represented? What can we learn about people’s fears, desires, and dreams by focusing on the cultural history of this powerful, dark figure? Providing a strong emphasis on biblical source-texts, this course will invite considerations of how religious texts are analyzed using the historical-critical method, and how these religious texts are re-envisioned and reinterpreted today.

The Philosophy and Science of Sex and Love (Brown, Cory)                                          CRN 23489 HNRS 20052 TR 9:25-10:40 

We critically assess conventional perspectives of love and sex—perspectives based on myths, mysticism, and other transcendental ideas—and consider the value of replacing them with more progressive perspectives from the fields of evolution, sociology, psychology, and literature. Students to gain an awareness of the various forces that control our attitudes about sex and love and that influence our sexual and romantic behavior.

The Politics of Hamilton (Shevory, Thomas)                                                                        CRN 23036 HNRS 20045 TR 10:50-12:05   

The course draws on the hit musical Hamilton to discuss early American political and constitutional thinking.  Alexander Hamilton was among the most important of the American founders.  Born in Charlestown, Nevis, orphaned at a young age, he rose to become chief aide to General Washington during the American Revolution.  He was at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He wrote most of The Federalist Papers, which are considered among the most important political documents in American history. He was the first Secretary of Treasury and was responsible for initiating the First National Bank, which was crucial to fostering American economic development.  He opposed slavery and believed in a strong national government. He died in a duel with Aaron Burr, who Hamilton had long known as a sometime colleague and political competitor. His funeral a was huge public event, attended by thousands of people in New York City, a city that Hamilton helped shape as a future center of global finance and culture.

War on Drugs: Opium to Opioids (Auyash, Stewart)                                                         CRN 23719 HNRS 20055 TR 1:10-2:25 –
This course has ICC Diversity Designation.*

Throughout history, things we call drugs have been used for medicinal, healing, recreational, ceremonial, spiritual, and consciousness raising purposes. This course studies the history, policies, and practices of developing, using, regulating, and dependence on many different drugs starting with ‘What are drugs?’ to current issues about opioids: regulation, overdoses, and how to reduce harm and prevent death. Other topics include: the FDA, marijuana myths and decriminalization, the language of drugs, and drug use as a criminal or public health problem. Guests include users, police, treatment workers, policy makers, and researchers.

*Effective Fall 2018, this course has been approved by IC’s Committee for College-Wide Requirements for meeting the qualifications of the Integrative Core Curriculum as a Diversity course.  Contingent upon successful completion of all course requirements and the uploading of required learning outcome artifacts onto Taskstream (indicated elsewhere on this syllabus), this class meets and satisfies the ICC Diversity designation.


Course Descriptions – 2 Credit Courses

Making Meaning in Your Career: Finding The Authentic Story in Your Academic, Professional, and Life Journey (Fracchia, John)                                                                 CRN 23722 HNRS 23030 TR 4:00-5:15 

According to Gallup, 87% of the world’s workforce struggles to find meaning in what they do. This course will explore and examine what is meaningful to you and how it translates to your academic and future career paths. Through interactive exercises and discussion focused lectures, you’ll examine your Holland Code as well as your values and skills, in order to: discover and effectively tell your authentic story utilizing tools such as your resume, cover letter, and the interviewing process; expand your professional and personal networks; and strategically prepare and position yourself for career options that are meaningful to you. We will also explore topics such as diversity and inclusion in the workplace; strategies for managing conflict; and define what it really means to be “a professional,” in order to better prepare you for future team/group projects and professional expectations of you after graduation.

Course Descriptions – 1 Credit Courses

A Life in the Blues: David “Honeyboy” Edwards (Flanagan, David)                             CRN 23727 HNRS 24021 W 3:00-3:50 

This one-credit seminar will revolve around our reading of “The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing: The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards” (1997). Honeyboy’s career nicely represents the history of the blues in the 20th century. We will also discuss related readings about him and the blues milieu that he was part of. And we will also be listening to lots of recorded music: Edwards’ own performances, of course, from throughout his long career, and music of the other, more well-known artists he knew, seminal artists such as Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. In each class, we will learn and sing together at least one of the blues songs that we’ve been reading about.

Honors Capstone (Patrone, Tatiana)                                                                                      CRN 22455 HNRS 30000 W 12:00-12:50 

Students reflect on their Honors experience as they complete the Taskstream portfolio. Open only to members of the Ithaca College Honors Program. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

Honors Capstone (Henderson, Bruce)                                                                                    CRN 22571 HNRS 30000 W 4:00-6:00 Block 1 

Students reflect on their Honors experience as they complete the Taskstream portfolio. Open only to members of the Ithaca College Honors Program. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

Introduction to Autism: What It Is and Isn’t (Jones, Skott)                                             CRN 23723 HNRS 23031 2:00-2:50  

An overview of autism spectrum disorders, including characteristics, etiology, and common treatment techniques. An emphasis on the dynamic and diverse nature of autism will be explored through an interprofessional

Math of Money (Yurekli, Osman)                                                                                            CRN 23130 HNRS 20037 M 11:00-11:50 

This course will teach students to learn mathematical methods that help to understand life’s financial decisions, such as those credit cards, managing debt, paying for college, retirement plans, etc. Furthermore, the course will explore mathematical practices related social justice issues. The aim of the course is to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to make sound financial decisions, illuminate financial injustices, and motivate social responsibility. After completing the course, students will recognize the power of math, be more motivated to understand mathematical ideas, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Reading the Wild Stories of South Hill (Hamilton, Jason)                                               CRN 23735 HNRS 23033 T 2:35-5:15

Every day, the stories of our wild neighbors are being written in the Book of Nature that is our own South Hill. In this class, we will learn to read the language in which these stories are written. We’ll analyze them for setting, character, plot, conflict, and resolution. With lots of outside time, we will learn to read the track and sign that tell us the intimate details of the lives of the coyote, deer, foxes, raccoons, opossums, weasels, mice, and bobcats who live with us in and around the IC campus and the surrounding natural lands.

The Philosophy of Im/possibility: Magic and Technology (Warburton, Jaime)         CRN 23724 HNRS 23032 MW 2:00-2:50 Block 2 

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s third law was “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic;” is there space in our scientific lives for magic? Is it a wish for magical reality that leads to technological advances? How does that combination speak to human emotion and innovation? Uses both storytelling and studies/reportage to explore philosophies and practicalities of religion, science and technology, speculative fiction, and fantasy as they affect our lives, imaginations, and social realities.

Writing for Yourself (Machan, Katharyn Howd)                                                                CRN 23490 HNRS 23012 TR 5:25-6:15 

A course designed to lead students to the further exploration and discovery of the importance of words in their lives and how to shape them with significance and power. As an advanced course, it is primarily a workshop and discussion center, informed by a shared commitment to creating new poetry and prose and learning from offering and listening to thoughtful responses about it.