Ithaca College Honors Program

Thomas J. Pfaff, Professor of Mathematics and Honors Program Director (Fall 2016)
Alicia Swords, Associate Professor of Sociology and Honors Program Director (Spring 2017)

A select number of exceptionally qualified applicants to Ithaca College are invited to apply to the Ithaca College Honors Program; if admitted, they participate in a series of special, intensive seminars and demonstrate, through a Cursus Honorum (portfolio), that they have met five areas of expectation: academic challenge, global citizenship, cultural engagement, engagement with their scholarly community, and civic engagement.

  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.
  2. Global Citizenship
    • Enrollment in HNRS 21500 International Scholarly Conversation; OR
    • London Honors Semester (Honors offers the London as Text course in the fall); OR
    • Some other documented highly enhanced study abroad experience by design.
  3. Cultural Engagement
    • Enrollment in HNRS 15000 Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College; OR
    • Documentation in the Cursus Honorum of significant cultural engagement.
  4. Scholarly Achievement
    • Enrollment in 9 additional credits of Honors designated courses; OR
    • Documentation in the Cursus Honorum of additional significant scholarly engagement (e.g., undergraduate research activities); OR
    • Some combination of course work and scholarly engagement.
  5. Civic Engagement
    • Documentation in the Cursus Honorum of civic engagement experiences (e.g., enrollment in a service learning course, volunteer work, or any number of civically engaged activities)

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.