Fall 2021 Advising Notes

Advising Notes for Fall 2021
Updated May 19, 2021

Please visit https://www.ithaca.edu/academics/honors-program/fall-2021-honors-courses  for the full list of courses. A list of the Honors Minor requirements can be found here.


Course List (Full descriptions below)

Course Descriptions: 3-Credit Courses

ICSM 10500- Ithaca College Honors Seminar: The Cruelty and Salvation of School: The Campus Novel (Holmes, Chris)

CRN 21819 | MW 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM and F 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Open to all honors students.

There is nothing more consistent in the lives of American adolescents than school. Very often our earliest memories are of classroom spaces and the teachers and classmates that make up our social lives outside of the home. Middle School and High School, for some, are the lowest rungs of Dante’s inferno, an endless series of embarrassments, and social and academic failures. By contrast, the transition from high school to college can feel ecstatic, like the birth of one’s true self after a long hibernation. Or it might feel excluding, lonely, or fearful. But why do we attach such strong feelings to these bureaucratic systems? (There is a reason that so many fantasy novels are set on recognizable campuses) The campus novel, usually set in high schools and colleges where everyone lives together, dramatizes precisely these powerful feelings.

Our class will read (and watch) some of the most famous takes on the campus novel, including those that explore academic success and failure, extraordinary and despicable professors, class and disadvantage, love and friendship, race and gender, magic and the occult, and the obsessive desire for knowledge, all set on campuses in the US, UK, Japan, Chile, and other imagined worlds. Because this is a first-year seminar, we will use the occasion of your first semester on campus to think about the expectations, possibilities, and realities of a college community. Creative assignments will include the opportunity to write or film your own campus narrative.

Texts and Movies/TV may include:

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Normal People, Sally Rooney

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides

The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead

Real Life, Brandon Taylor

The Magicians, Lev Grossman

HNRS 11100- Ithaca College Honors Seminar: Wonder Women: Feminist History and Feminist Icons (Kittredge, Katharine)

CRN 21694| TR 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM and W 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

This class looks at the way that women have challenged the dominant images of what women are (and what they could be) in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We will be looking at political documents, theoretical works, and examples drawn from popular culture including comics, films and TV shows.  The texts we look at include Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, The Vagina Monologues, Thelma and Louise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ms. Marvel.  Classes will be discussion-based. Students will be required to submit weekly reflections in addition to writing formal papers.

HNRS 11800- Ithaca College Honors Seminar: Fantasy, Fandom and Fans (Warburton, Jaime)

CRN 21696 | MWF 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM and W 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

In this class, we’ll explore and blog the texts that surround us, inspire us, and invite us to imagine our world more fully, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Star Trek; cultural markers that develop around love of sports and music; the cultural hierarchy of fandom based on religion, sports, and sci-fi/fantasy; technological, fiscal, and legal concerns; elements of participatory culture, specifically fan fiction; and the impact of fan-based communities, both online and IRL (in real life). Students will be expected to engage in analysis of such texts in a scholarly fashion led by Henry Jenkins’ definition of the “aca/fan,” a “hybrid creature which is part fan and part academic.” We’ll emphasize written forays into fandom along with writing in response to “original” texts as we explore what drives us to imagine ourselves in universes/lives other than our own, and define the ways fandom binds together disparate parts of our lives. Research projects can also include created fan film/art/writing. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Honors Program. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.


CRN 21645 | TR 1:10 – 2:25 PM  

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.

HNRS 20048 – Honors Academic Seminar: Paradigm Shifts: History and Philosophy of Science (Brady, Rebecca)

CRN 21641| MWF 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM  

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. In this course, we will take a comparative look at how disproved theories have provided crucial insight into our current approach to normal science. We will consider how scientific thought is benchmarked by philosophical notions of truth, facts, and evidence when new discoveries prompt a paradigm shift. Come and explore the surprisingly unintuitive nature of scientific revolutions.


CRN 21644 | TR 10:50 AM-12:10 PM | ICC Diversity and fulfills the Global requirement for Honors

Did the United States commit genocide in Iraq?  We will place this question in the context of three events: (1) The Nuremberg Trails initiated and spearheaded by the U.S. to convict Nazis at the end of World War II; (2) the claim by various Amerindian scholars that genocide marks the creation of the U.S. and its occupation of Indian lands; and (3) a short study of the “Gulf War” that documents the U.S. occupation of Iraq.   

The spirit will be one of open debate and discussion of these central themes.  Neither the course materials nor the instructor will provide a definitive answer to the organizing questions.    

There are no necessary pre-requites for this course.  It is simultaneously intended for those who consider themselves politically un-oriented and those with an acute sense of history and theory.  The mandate is as follows: every student deserves a challenge pitched at his/her own level.   


CRN 21646 | TR 2:35 PM – 03:50 PM

This course draws on theory, research, and personal accounts to explore forms of civic engagement and evaluate the opportunities and challenges each offers toward positive social change. We begin by defining civic engagement and assessing needs and strengths of the local community. Students engage with a community organization and critically reflect on their experience. They reflect on their own personal motivations and experiences with civic engagement, and how their own social identities influence social change efforts. This course fulfills the civic engagement requirement of the Honors program. Student commitment include 30 contact hours with the community organization as well as cultural competency training, class time, and reading and writing outside of class.

Course Descriptions: 1-Credit Courses

HNRS 24001 – HONORS Slow read: Slow listen: Seeing White Podcast (Miner, Brooks)

CRN 21648 | Mondays 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Distinctive seminars each focusing on one significant book. Open only to members of the Ithaca College Honors Program. Prerequisite: One Honors course. 1 credit. (Y) For more specific information about this course, email Brooks Miner: bminer@ithaca.edu

RLST 15600: What is belief? (Wagner, Rachel)

  • Section 01 CRN 20548 | Mondays 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
  • Section 02 CRN 20550 | Wednesdays 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Open to all honors students. This one credit course is designed to familiarize students with the field of Religious Studies. It provides a rigorous but accessible introduction to the phenomenon of religious belief, which is currently being debated by scholars of religion and is   of significant interest to the wider public. We will consider the relationship between belief and knowledge, doubt, and practice; the possibility of multiple forms of religious belief; and the problem of belief’s utility as a tool of comparative analysis.