Fall 2019 Advising Notes

Advising Notes for Fall 2019
Updated March 5th, 2019

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 2019 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 advice for everyone would be 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 

IMPORTANT: What to register for depends on which program you are in. If you are confused, check Degree Works or ask your Honors Advisor.

“OLD” HONORS PROGRAM (for students up to catalog year 2017-18)

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 a 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.
  • 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 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 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 your 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.


New Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements Credits 

HNRS coursework (electives)



Complete 2 of 3 options:

(Global, Cultural or Civic)

HNRS 21500: International Scholarly Conversation (3 credits) OR

Global Study Experience (0 credit)

HNRS 15000: Cultural Encounters

(3 credits)

HNRS 25000: Civic Engagement

(3 credits)

HNRS 40000: Senior Seminar

  • Interdisciplinary teams and independent research
Total Credits 20

Soon we will add a checklist that will help you keep track of the new program requirements to the resources page of the blog.

 Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where do I find Honors Courses? In Homer, go to Class Schedule. Select Fall 2019. 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.
  • 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
  • Gaming, Gratifications, and Gatherings
  • Global Graphic Novel
  • Food as Communication
  • The Politics of Hamilton
  • The U.S. Genocide

2 Credit Courses (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding the Authentic Story

 1 Credit Courses (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Introduction to Autism: What It Is and Isn’t
  • The Philosophy of Impossibility: Magic vs. Technology
  • Writing for Yourself

Course Descriptions – 3 Credit Courses

Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community and Social Action (Harker, David) 

CRN23598 HNRS 25000 | TR 02:35 PM – 03:50PM 

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 through social action, 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 action effort.

Cultural Encounters with IC (Flanagan, David)

CRN22266 HNRS 15000 | MWF 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM 

Investigation of the broad range of cultural experiences to be encountered at Ithaca College. We attend live cultural events and discuss and write about them. Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program.

Gaming, Gratifications, and Gatherings (Loop, Mead) 

CRN 23610 HNRS 20062 | TR 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

The new agora for families and friends is around the game controller. Gaming, fantasy sports and gambling are more influential than ever because of disruptive technology, the rise of analytics, legal decisions and changing mores. Through the case-study method, we explore how once frowned-upon activities are now mainstream leisure and economic pursuits.

Global Graphic Novel (Schack, Todd) 

CRN 23611 HNRS 20063 | W 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

This seminar will explore the diverse range of voices and topics in graphic novels from around the world.  We will study issues of war, power, race, class and sex as represented by a multitude of non-traditional writers and visual artists, and discuss the history of conflict over the issue of multi-culturalism and diversity from these perspectives.   We will highlight the manner in which this genre is able to undermine and question dominant narratives of social, political and economic issues. We will be considering these texts from Cultural, Media and Visual Studies perspectives, and students will create their own version of a graphic novel using these theoretical perspectives in practical application.

Food as Communication (Young, Cory) 

CRN 23612 HNRS 20064 | MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM 

Offers students a structured platform to investigate the relationship between food and communication. The course is designed for students that are passionate about food, but have little to no background in communication. It provides an introduction into the role of communication across the food and hospitality professions.  Students will examine various functions, events, campaigns, and media through active participation, writing, discussing, and reading. Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program.

The Politics of Hamilton (Shevory, Thomas) 

CRN 22637 HNRS 20045 | TR 10:50 AM – 12:05 PM 

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.

The U.S. and Genocide (Inayatullah, Naeem) 

CRN 23597 HNRS 20041 | TR 9:25 AM – 10:40 AM

Has the United States committed genocide in Iraq?  If it has, what does this mean for our understanding of international relations, international law, and the identity of U.S. citizens?  How do we understand the belligerence expressed by vast swaths of the rest of the world towards U. S. foreign policy?  What does it mean for everyday thinking and actions?  If the U.S. has not committed genocide, how shall we conceptualize U.S. actions in Iraq?  The course asks these question by focusing on three junctures: (1) the Nuremberg Trails initiated and spearheaded by the U.S. to convict Nazis leaders at the close of World War II; (2) the claim by various Amerindian scholars that the creation of the U.S. and its occupation of Indian lands is the result of genocide; and (3) a short study of the “Gulf War” that documents the U.S. attack and occupation of Iraq.

Course Descriptions – 2 Credit Course

Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding The Authentic Story  (Fracchia, John) 

CRN 23108 HNRS 23030 | TR 05:25 PM – 06:40 PM 

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

Introduction to Autism: What it is and Isn’t (Jones, Skott) 

CRN 23109 HNRS 23031 | W 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM 

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 lens to learn about how to best work with individuals with autism across different settings. A variety of academic disciplines will be integrated including education, health sciences, arts, sociology, and psychology

The Philosophy of Impossibility: Magic vs. Technology (Warburton, Jaime)

CRN 23110 HNRS 23032 | M 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM 

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 22905 HNRS 23013 | R 5:25 PM – 6:15 PM

Writing for Yourself is 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.