Ithaca College Honors Program

Alicia Swords, Associate Professor of Sociology and Honors Program Director

Exceptional students are selected via application for the Ithaca College Honors Program. Students may apply either as incoming first year students or by the end of their third semester.  Once admitted, they participate in a series of intensive seminars and demonstrate, through an electronic portfolio, that they have met five required areas: Academic Challenge, Global Citizenship, Cultural Engagement, Civic Engagement, and Scholarly Achievement.

  1. Academic Challenge (11 credits)
    • At least 11 credits of Honors seminars, including a 1 credit Honors Capstone, and, for freshmen, an Honors ICSM*; AND
    • Complete a thesis, either through the major department or Honors; AND
    • Complete the Cursus Honorum (e-portfolio); AND
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher as well as a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Honors courses.

      * For transfer students, replace the ICSM with 4 Honors credits.
  2. Global Citizenship
    • Enrollment in HNRS 21500 International Scholarly Conversation;
    •  An approved global study experience. Upon completion, upload the Global Citizenship Reflection. Global study experiences can include:
      • The London Honors Semester (Honors offers the London as Text course in the fall); OR
      • A semester-long study-abroad experience; OR
      • An independent study for international students on their growth as a global citizen; OR
      • An approved self-designed global experience or short-term study program*
    • *To get approval for a short-term study program, follow the instructions in Taskstream to submit the Global Citizenship Proposal.​
  3. Cultural Engagement
    • Enrollment in HNRS 15000 Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College; OR
    • Documentation in the Honors Portfolio of significant cultural engagement.  For this option, follow the instructions in Taskstream and complete the Cultural Engagement Reflections.
  4. Civic Engagement
  • Enrollment in HNRS 23018 Opportunities for Civic Engagement.  (This credit also applies to Academic Challenge or Scholarly Engagement categories); OR
  • ​Enrollment in Service Learning-designated course at Ithaca College outside of HNRS for 1-3 credits. (These credits help fulfill the Honors Civic Engagement requirement, but do not count for Academic Challenge or Scholarly Engagement credits); OR
  • Enrollment in HNRS 39500 Honors Civic Engagement Internship for 1-2 credits.  To initiate this option, contact the Honors Director who will serve as your faculty sponsor and put you in touch with a community sponsor; OR
  • Documentation in the Honors Portfolio of a civic engagement experience (e.g.: volunteer work, service-learning, community-based research, or other civic activity) on campus, in the local, regional, or national community, or in your home community.  For this option, follow instructions in Taskstream to submit the Civic Engagement Proposal before the end of semester prior to your civic engagement activity. Upon completion of your experience, upload the Civic Engagement Reflection. 

   5. Scholarly Achievement

  • Enrollment in 9 additional credits of Honors designated courses; OR
  • Documentation in the Honors Portfolio of 18 points of significant Scholarly Engagement (e.g., undergraduate research activities, creative production or scholarship in your field); OR
  • Some combination of course work and Scholarly Engagement to total 9 credits or 18 points.  (One credit is equivalent to two points.)

For Scholarly Engagement points, follow the instructions in Taskstream and contact your Honors Advisor if you have questions. 

Honors courses may not be taken pass/fail or S/D/F. To remain in honors, a student must make regular progress toward completion of the program. Any student who does not register for honors credit for three consecutive semesters without having discussed a plan for completion of the program with the program director will be deemed inactive and removed from the program. In order to graduate with Ithaca College honors, a student must have a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 in all courses as well as within Honors courses.

Students will be certified for graduation with Ithaca College Honors during their last semester in residence, based on an evaluation of their portfolio by the Honors Faculty Steering Committee. Any petition or appeal related to the Honors Program is handled through the Director of the Honors Program.