2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Institutes and Programs



Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) is an expanding interdisciplinary organization that supports the study of early American history. Home to the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Archive (TPNHA), a vast collection of artifacts from the late eighteenth through the twentieth century, The ITPS is also an important home for undergraduate intellectual and professional development at Iona. Inspired by the work of Thomas Paine, the ITPS seeks to promote scholarship and learning in traditional and new media formats through initiatives in archival studies, public history, and the digital humanities. Examples of this include:

  • The Gardiner archival fellowship program and the ITPS public and digital history internship program.
  • Student research and curriculum opportunities, including participation in the McNEil Center Undergraduate Research Workshop (URW), the Thomas Paine Studies Minor  and Thomas Paine ICT .
  • Exhibits and talks featuring items from the TPNHA collection, as well as from the newly acquired Lapidus collection.
  • Events such as the 2018 conference, “Revolutionary Texts in a Digital Age: Thomas Paine’s Publishing Networks, Past and Present,” the 2019 symposium “From Concord to Common Sense: Commemoration and Conflict in the Legacy of the American Revolution,” and the forthcoming mini conference, “Claiming the State: Civics, Inclusion, and Power from the American Revolution to the Civil War
  • Research and publications such as the forthcoming volume with Cornell University Press, The Age of Revolutions in the Digital Age, the ITPS special issue of New York History Journal, and the digital humanities TAP project.
  • Community partnerships and collaborations, including work on the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution with the New York State historian, Rev250 NYC and RW250 Inc., as well as with the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Omohundro Institute, and the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum.

For more information, please see our website, https://www.iona.edu/microsites/institute-for-thomas-paine-studies.aspx, or follow us on twitter @TheITPS. For questions about the ITPS, please contact Director Dr. Nora Slonimsky at itps@iona.edu.

Special Programs

Air Force ROTC

Iona College participates in an extension of the Air Force ROTC program at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, and an extension of the Army ROTC program at Fordham University, Bronx, NY. To learn more about opportunities to participate in the Air Force or Army ROTC programs, students should contact the Office of the Dean, School of Arts and Science at Iona College.

Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies

The Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies is a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rudin ‘86H, to lona College to honor President Emeritus Br. Driscoll’s fifty years as a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. As a program in Jewish-Catholic Studies, the Driscoll Professorship adds a unique perspective to the fulfillment of lona’s mission to prize the values of justice, peace and service.

Through an array of programs including course work in a variety of departments, interreligious study with in-state area Jewish and Catholic congregations, networking with organizations such as the American Jewish Committee, the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center and the Anti-Defamation League, sponsoring a lecturer series in Jewish-Catholic studies, and building library collections in Judaica and Jewish-Catholic Studies, the Driscoll Professorship dedicates itself to:

  • effecting mutual understanding between the peoples of the Jewish and Catholic faiths;
  • fostering learning about the similarities and differences surrounding beliefs in God, faith, and the values of justice and life;
  • exploring foundations in shared scripture;
  • deepening understanding about the effects and implications of the Shoah; and
  • celebrating the spiritual vitality and gifts of the two faiths.

The department of Religious Studies offers the course “Jesus and Judaism” as well as the course “The Holocaust and the Churches.” which includes a travel component to Poland to study at the former death camp, Auschwitz.

For more information, please contact Dr. Elena Procario-Foley of the Driscoll Professorship at (914) 637-2744, fax, (914) 633-2248.

Council on the Arts

The Iona College Council on the Arts is dedicated to sponsoring artistic and cultural programs for the enrichment of the Iona College community, particularly the student body.  With an endowment from the Baron Lambert Fund for the Arts established by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Murphy, the Council exists to make the arts more present and visible to our students and our larger community - providing the unique awareness, inspiration and participation that only the arts can bring.  Consisting of Iona College faculty, administrators, and students, the Council on the Arts seeks to expand and deepen the cultural life of our student body.  The goal of the Council is to promote arts events and sponsor world-class guest artists and performers in the areas of theatre, music and dance.  In addition the Council sponsors five original and exciting gallery exhibitions each year in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery which is open to the students and to the public. For more information, contact Madalyn Barbero Jordan, (914) 637-7796, mbarbero@iona.edu.

Dignity for All Students Act Workshop

The Dignity for All Students Act Workshop is required for all New York State Education Certifications.  The workshops is a minimum of 6-hours of training on providing students with a safe a supportive learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying. There is a nominal fee for this workshop and completers receive a certificate of completion for registration in the New York State TEACH account. Call 914-633-2210 for scheduling information, or visit www.iona.edu/education.

Environmental Studies

Iona College offers an interdisciplinary BA major degree in Environmental Studies that draws from Biology, Political Science, Religious Studies, and other pertinent disciplines to raise student consciousness about the complexity of local, national, and global environmental issues. The program combines interdisciplinary breadth with depth in a chosen field of study. Students will be able to choose from three major concentrations: Politics and Policy, Religious Studies, or Ecological and Environmental Literacy. There are two interdisciplinary team-taught courses required at key points in the program. Please consult page 76 to learn about the program requirements and courses.

Inter-Institutional Cooperation

Iona College maintains articulation agreements with several two-year colleges. Details regarding current articulation agreements with Bronx Community College, Kingsborough Community College, Rockland Community College, SUNY-Orange, and Westchester Community College are available at those institutions for students who wish to transfer to Iona to complete a four-year degree. Iona also has an articulation agreement with St. Thomas Aquinas College for its students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in History at Iona.

Iona has special accelerated agreements with the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and the New York Chiropractic college for students who are interested in these careers. Contact the chair of the Iona College Biology Department for further details.


Internships are available for qualified students in both the School of Arts and Science and the School of Business. Arrangements for internships should be made through department chairs and departmental internship coordinators. lnternships are available in the United States and abroad.

Iona in Mission

The Iona in Mission program is a unique cross-cultural learning experience offered by the Center for Campus Ministries. This program expands the classroom context by engaging students in service to those most in need through winter, spring or summer break immersion in diverse cultures. Providing ample opportunities for reflection, analysis and spiritual nourishment, Iona in Mission trips introduce students to the causes and effects of violence, poverty and racial injustices. Each year 8-10 Iona in Mission trips are typically offered and these may include, but are not limited to:

  • An urban immersion in Chicago, New Rochelle, or Washington, D.C.
  • A rural immersion in Appalachia or Massachusetts
  • A cross-cultural program with Native American communities in Arizona or New Mexico
  • Christian Brothers outreach sites in Kenya, Bolivia, Zambia or New Orleans.

A brochure detailing these programs is available in the Center for Campus Ministries (LaPenta 217) or on the department web page.

Learning in Retirement at Iona College

Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) is a self-governing and independent membership institute within the college community, which also has an affiliation with Elderhostel. LIRIC offers daytime courses, study groups, and cultural and social activities for men and women of retirement age. There are no membership restrictions. The curriculum varies from semester to semester but usually includes classes in art, music, current events, science, computers, book discussion, literature and film. Field trips and visits to museums and other sites of interest enrich the program.  For information and to request a catalog, call (914) 633-2675 or visit the website: www.iona.edu/liric.

Liberty Partnerships Program

Iona College is one of several Liberty Partnership Institutions across New York State, connecting faculty and students from higher education institutions and P-12 schools to provide comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth. Iona College’s Liberty Partnerships Program currently partners with the Yonkers School District to serve at-risk students, and their families, at three high schools and two elementary schools. The College provides a range of services both during the school day, after school, and in the summer. Current information about programs can be found at Iona College’s website.

Minor Concentrations

In addition to minors in those disciplines offering major programs, Iona offers several special minors. The School of Arts and Science offers minor programs in film studies, fine and performing arts, German, peace and justice, women’s studies, writing, Diversity and Social Welfare, Environmental Studies, and Thomas Paine Studies. The LaPenta School of Business also offers a minor in Business for students in the School of Arts and Science.

The Family Therapy Center

The Family Therapy Center is operated by the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. Individual, couple, and family therapy, is available to members of the Iona College community and local neighborhoods. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings until 9:00 p.m. The Center is located in Egan Hall, 45 St. Paul’s Place, New Rochelle, NY. There is no fee for students, faculty, and staff of Iona College. For more information or an appointment, please call (914) 633-2074 or (914) 633-2418.

Pre-Professional Programs

Students interested in admission to the study of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or related areas of professional practice should follow a well-balanced program of study that includes the humanities and social sciences. There is no one major that provides the best preparation for admission to professional schools. Students should choose a major which is best suited to their interests and alternate career objectives, should the decision be made not to enter professional school after graduation from Iona College. However, students who wish to enter medical or dental schools are strongly advised to complete the following courses: BIO 101 -BIO 102 ; CHM 109 -CHM 110  and CHM 209 -CHM 210 ; PHY 101 -PHY 102  and MTH 231 -MTH 232 . For more information, contact the Health Professions Adviser.

Returning Alumni Program

With the continuing intellectual development of lona graduates in mind, the College has established the Returning Alumni Program. Since this program is designed for personal enrichment rather than for college credit, courses are not reflected on the student’s college transcript. Interested alumni may arrange to take one undergraduate course during either the fall or spring semester for a nominal fee (refer to Tuition and Fee Schedule ). Registration in a course is subject to space availability and/or an acceptable number of regular students registered. Registration and payment takes place at the Office of Student Financial Services on the day preceding the start of the term.

Alumni requiring continuing education credit to submit to an accrediting or professional body will need to pay the full course audit price per the Tuition and Fee schedule and have the course reflected on the student transcript.

Save Workshop

All candidates registered in the teacher education programs leading to certification in the classroom teaching service, pupil personnel service or administration and supervisory service shall complete a two-hour training session in school violence prevention and intervention. Call (914) 637-2756 for further information, or see website: www.iona.edu/education.


In the spirit of its dual commitment to academic excellence and social justice, Iona College sponsors courses that engage students in the integration of community service and the academic pursuit of specific disciplines.  Semester-long courses that may utilize a service-learning pedagogy include:  Theology of Christian Service, Introduction to American Government, Dance Outreach, Camp Viva, and Non-profit Marketing.

Spirituality Institute

The lona Spirituality Institute is a center for the cultivation of the spiritual life through the sacred arts of study, prayer, creative expression and service to the community of Earth in a commitment to justice and ecological responsibility. The Institute offers myriad rich opportunities for spiritual development and experience in a variety of settings, at modest cost.

The Spirituality Institute hosts the Thomas Merton Contemplative Initiative and curates the Spiritual Masters Athenaeum - a contemplative reading room in Ryan Library holding several special collections of classical and contemporary writings on the spiritual life.  Through its Anam Cara ministry, ISI makes available hour-long sessions for personal spiritual guidance.

The offerings of the Spirituality Institute include programs of contemplative inquiry, inter-religious engagement and dialogue, meditation practice workshops, student accompaniment and scholarships to national and international meetings, lectures, retreats, pilgrimages, semester courses, and liturgical and artistic celebrations intended to bring us closer to the wellsprings of the spiritual life.

For information, contact Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND at the Spirituality Institute, (914) 633-2590 / kdeignan@iona.edu.

Study Abroad

Iona College encourages students to broaden their educational experiences and gain cultural perspectives through study and travel abroad.  Many interesting options are available such as summer programs in Rome, Ireland, and Barcelona  as well as semester programs in Ireland, Italy, and France with short term programs in South Africa, London, Poland, Tuscany, and other exciting destinations. Students may also spend a summer, a semester, or a year studying independently at a foreign university.  Earned credits may be transferred to Iona College with prior approval.  Please refer to “Credit for Study at Other Colleges and Universities,” elsewhere in the catalog. Honors Program students can use their six free credits per academic year for study abroad.

For further information concerning study abroad options, contact the director of Study Abroad, or visit Iona’s website at www.iona.edu/academic/studyabroad.

Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue

The Thomas Berry Forum is an open and inclusive space for ecological education, exploration, and transformation. In 2009, after the death of the celebrated geologian and cultural historian, Father Thomas Mary Berry, CP, four of his students gathered at Iona College to initiate The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue to celebrate and promote his wisdom legacy. For more information visit: https://www.iona.edu/about/iona-in-community/the-thomas-berry-forum-for-ecological-dialogue.aspx