Spring 2019 Advising Notes

Advising Notes for Spring 2019
Updated October 25, 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 Spring.  (You can also find these notes under Spring 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 Spring 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,

Jessye Cohen-Filipic

IMPORTANT: The answer depends on which program you are in. If you are confused, check Degree Works or ask your Honors Advisor.


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.
  • 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 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 Spring 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.)

  • Big Data, Bigger Questions
  • Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community, and Social Action
  • Cultural Encounters with IC
  • Film Festivals and Blogging: FLEFF 2019
  • Gender, Ecology and Global Change
  • Globalization, Environment & You
  • Int Scholarly Conversation
  • Movement Beyond Borders: Immigration as a global issue
  • Transnational Media and the Disney Empire
  • Women and Fairy Tales

 1 Credit Courses (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Introduction to Autism: What It Is and Isn’t
  • Mathematics of Money
  • Opera Immersion
  • Politics and Protest in Contemporary Music
  • Slow Read – Creation Myths
  • Slow Read – Handmaid’s Tale
  • Writing for Yourself
  • Honors Capstone

Course Descriptions – 3 Credit Course

Big Data, Bigger Questions (Loop, Jill)

CRN 42807 HNRS 20050 |TR 4:00-5:15 PM

This course will explore the idea that we use data and formulas on a daily basis to make decisions between different options, but we may be looking at our “choice” in entirely the wrong way. Using “modern-day” texts from Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Cathy O’Neil and other social scientists, this course will explore why Dataism is the new religion and why blindly trusting the algorithms may be taking away human rights.

The course will also explore the notion that “big data” may rule the future, but we don’t always realize what the data is. The course will ask students to research and seek answers to: How do we become free to choose? What information should we be using? When can we trust the data? How to we avoid becoming paralyzed by decision-making?

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

CRN 42780 HNRS 20057 | TR 2:35-3:50 PM

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 41519 HNRS 15000 | MWF 1:00-1:50 PM

Investigation of the broad range of cultural experiences to be encountered at Ithaca College. We attend live cultural events and talk and write about them. The course works to broaden students’ participation in the rich cultural life on campus and encourage them to become lifelong patrons of live cultural events.

Film Festivals and Blogging: FLEFF 2019 (Zimmermann, Patricia)

CRN 42806 HNRS 20061 | T 6:50-9:30 PM

Application Process:

Admission to the seminar and FLEFF blogging internship requires a short application and is competitive.

Requirements:  Must have one full year of courses at Ithaca College and at minimum sophomore standing. Students previously enrolled in the FLEFF Festivals course as FLEFF Fellows or in the Honors seminar in Participatory Cultures have priority as FLEFF blogging interns.  Overrides available for students outside of the Honors program for this seminar and internship.

For further details on how to apply for this course, please contact Dr. Patricia Zimmermann.

Note:  students with sophomore standing through credits but who are currently in their first year as Ithaca College students are not eligible.  Please ask Dr. Zimmermann which course you should enroll if you are interested in the above-listed course

Course Description

This advanced seminar engages competitively selected students in an intensive and immersive experience in the 21st Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) as bloggers and festival ambassadors. Students serve as interns for FLEFF 2019.

The course provides students with a coordinated blend of theory, history, and practice. The course works within an international and transnational focus. It explores and analyzes the histories, operations, politics, creative industries impact, and programming of festivals as a critical nodal point in the entertainment and arts industries through significant books from the scholarly literature.

This seminar provides an avenue to learn professional blogging for film festivals and arts/entertainment organizations, with students writing for the FLEFF blogs in a very public, high profile way, interviewing the festival team and festival guests.  It also provides training in learning how to be part of the staff of a festival by thoroughly learning all aspects of the history of FLEFF, its mission and vision, it’s financing, partnerships, programming, the current year’s programming, and current year’s goals for audience development and engagement as well as visibility.

Finally, the course probes the purpose of festivals as a place for embodied, meaningful, and significant conversations about issues of importance in the world. Blogging interns have special access to festival guests and special events and convenings.

Special notes:  bloggers need to commit to full immersion in FLEFF during FLEFF week both on and off campus.  These sessions will replace some seminar sessions post-festival as they cover required class meeting sessions.

Gender, Ecology, and Global Change (Swords, Alicia)                                            

CRN 42804  HNRS 20059 | TR 1:10-2:25 PM

This honors seminar explores interconnections between humans and the environment with a focus on gender. Building on the national commitment in honors education to justice and diversity, we ask how gendered humans relate with nature, and how individuals and groups can change these relationships.

We study patriarchy, colonialism, capitalist development, globalization, and environmental crises. We also examine social movements that propose alternatives to current gender hierarchies and ecological destruction, including feminist, indigenous, and environmental justice movements.

Readings include texts by scholars, activists, citizen scientists and organic intellectuals, ranging from historians, ecologists, and feminists to social and environmental activists. Fieldwork and experiential opportunities will also allow students to explore local expressions of these issues.

Globalization, Environment, & You (Brenner, Jake) 

CRN 42805 HNRS 20060 | TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM                                                                                   

Globalization might be the most important social phenomenon of our time. More than any other social, political, or cultural process, globalization defines the era we live in. Globalization ranks right up there with the dawn of agriculture and the industrial revolution in its power to reorganize human life. You could make a convincing argument that globalization affects every person in the world.

Globalization is inextricably linked to the environment. You can’t understand environmental change without confronting globalization, and you can’t understand globalization while ignoring its environmental implications. The dawn of agriculture and the industrial revolution were profoundly environmental processes just as they were profoundly social and political processes.

As college students, you are soon to become powerful agents of both globalization and environmental change. (Actually you already are powerful agents, but you might not be fully aware of this fact yet.) This course will inform and empower you to push globalization and environmental change in directions you want them to go.

We will use an interdisciplinary social-science perspective and focus on the environmental, economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of globalization, as well as their interactions. Our readings and discussions will illustrate how the costs and benefits of globalization accrue differently and unevenly among the world’s people.

Int Scholarly Conversation (Wagner, Rachel)  

CRN 41540 HNRS 21500 | TR 1:10-2:25 PM       

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.

Movement Beyond Borders: Immigration as a global issue (Gagnon, Chip)         

CRN 42803  HNRS 20058 | MWF 2:00-2:50 PM

Population movements, in the form of both labor migration and refugees, have been a constant of the modern world for centuries. In this course, we’ll look at theories of migration from a range of disciplines. We’ll also look at historical and contemporary migration patterns, as well as the political effects of population movements.

Students will see that immigration is an issue globally; that it’s not just about people coming to the US; and that people move for similar reasons no matter where they go.

Transnational Media and the Disney Empire (Lustyik,Kati)

CRN 42781 HNRS 20049 | T 4:00-6:40 PM

Transnational media conglomerates such as Viacom or the Disney Company are among ‘the primary agents of cultural globalization’ and have been described as ‘media superpowers.’

The Walt Disney Company that owns Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, ESPN and Star Wars is one the largest and influential transnational media giants in the world. It is the most recognized US-based media brand among children and families worldwide and has grown into a powerful cultural and economic force since its establishment in 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney.

As David Buckingham, influential British media scholar put it, ‘children today are Disney children; and parents are Disney parents’ in many parts of the world.
The primary aim of this interdisciplinary and critical course is to develop an in-depth understanding of the Walt Disney Corporation as a transnational media conglomerate, its social, cultural, political, and economic importance within the United States and internationally.

First, students will become familiar with the history of the Disney Company and its key holdings that include television, radio, film, and animation, theme parks, music labels, theatrical production, tourism, and sports. While many students might have grown up on Disney and Pixar animation, they will be challenged to re-examine the range of characters and stories looking at racial, ethnic, and gender, stereotypes; and specific values promoted by Disney products during the second unit of the course. The third unit will focus on ‘global Disney:’ the marketing and localization of Disney programs, merchandising and leisure activities created and promoted to an increasingly global audience. Several readings will examine the reception and consumption of Disney in other cultures, as well as Disney’s international efforts to globalize its brand and expand its empire.

Women and Fairy Tales (Machan, KatharynHowd)   

CRN 42020  HNRS 20013 |  MWF 1:00-1:50 PM

“Women and Fairy Tales” offers the opportunity for challenging, a truly interdisciplinary study of a body of literature long important to personal and global understanding.

You will be asked to examine, question, and form your own ideas about not only the depictions of women in fairy tales but the positive and negative effects of these characterizations—archetypes and stereotypes—on listeners and readers through the ages.

You will be expected to read widely and deeply and to express the results of your scholarship through excellent creative writing (fiction and/or poetry) and oral communication. Along with regular short assignments of in-class writing and two manuscripts for peer-critique sessions, you will shape a 20-minute oral presentation based on this work and what you add to it for a final manuscript of at least 20 pages (one long work OR a connected collection).

Part of the power of this course is that it scans the spectrum from erudite knowledge to access popular culture. Fairy tales connect, delight, inspire and illuminate what we live and what we come to know. What you write will expand this offering!


Course Descriptions – 1 Credit Courses

Introduction to Autism: What It Is and Isn’t (Jones, Skott)  

CRN 42785 HNRS 23031 | W 10:00-10:50 AM

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 inter-professional 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.

Math of Money (Yurekli, Osman)   

CRN 42808 HNRS 20037(QL) | M 11:00-11:50 AM

The mathematics of money 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.

Opera Immersion (Johnson, Timothy/Walz, Ivy)  

CRN 42023 HNRS 23008 | M 6:00-7:40 PM  Block 1 

Students will study and discuss Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment), preparing for and leading to attending a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on Saturday, March 2, 2019. A fee of $35 is required of each student, payable to the honors program

Politics and Protest in Contemporary Music (Bleicher, Elizabeth) 

CRN 42784 HNRS 23027 | W 2:00-2:50 PM

This course is an inquiry into the power of contemporary music to intervene in issues of race, class, gender and political, economic and social injustices. Though we are studying music, this is not a music course per se.

We will be using theories and criticism from multiple disciplines to tease out the complex factors influencing the creation, consumption and functions of the songs and industry practices under examination. Using the music and videos of artists such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Pink, Dixie Chicks, Eminem, Nikki Minaj, Katy Perry, Cardi B, Brad Paisley and others, we will analyze lyrics, images, performances and public response to them.

In so doing we can study the cultural work these artifacts are performing and counter the refusal to engage with content embedded in the claim, “It’s only a song.”

Slow Read – Creation Myths (Lesses, Rebecca)  

CRN 42782 HNRS 24020 | W 11:00-11:50 AM

In this course, we will focus on three prime elements of creation myths: the creation of the basic architecture of the universe, the gendered creation of human beings, and the origin of evil, all of which are often intertwined in these myths. We will begin by reading creation myths from ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Egypt. We will then turn to exploring myths that draw on and respond to these earlier myths – those in the Hebrew Bible and later Jewish traditions, the Christian reinterpretations of the earlier biblical myths, and finally Islamic stories of creation, both in the Qur’an and in later interpretive traditions.

Slow Read – Handmaid’s Tale (Wagner, Rachel)    

CRN 42783 HNRS 24016 | F 12:00-12:50 

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. originally published in 1986. Set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian, Christian theonomy that has overthrown the United States government.

Writing for Yourself (Machan, Katharyn Howd)

CRN 42024 HNRS 23013 | TR 5:25-6:15 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.

Honors Capstone (Patrone, Tatiana)  

CRN 42786  HNRS 30000-01 | F 11:00-11:50 AM

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 (Loop, Mead)  

CRN 42787 HNRS 30000-02| TR 8:00-9:15 AM   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.