Q&A

Questions about IGD academic courses and Fall 2017 registration?

See below for some commonly asked questions and answers

How do students register for SOC|WGS 230 or CFE 200?

The first step is to fill out an Intergroup Dialogue Interest Form online (it takes less than 10 minutes to complete).

You can anticipate hearing back from Robin Higgins, the IGD Program Coordinator, within 2-3 days. At that point, after your interest/form has been reviewed, you will receive an email with steps for registering for Fall 2017; this will include receiving the necessary permission to register directly via MySlice. We ask that you do so (register) promptly, within 2 days, so that we can follow up with any additional students on course waitlist.

Do I have to wait until Fall 2017 registration opens to fill out the interest form?

No, you can submit an interest form well before registration opens and you are able to submit/check availability of your course choices. Please keep in mind that the earlier you submit, the better your chances of obtaining permission to register for your top ranked dialogue section(s).

Why is the dialogue topic I’m interested in not listed as a choice on the interest form for the Fall 2017 semester?

The main topics or focus of our dialogue sections shifts each semester; thus, certain dialogue topics are not offered every term. The topics/sections listed on the interest form are the ones that will be offered the semester for which you are registering. For Fall 2017, the IGD Program is offering two sections focused on Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity; and one section on Socioeconomic Inequality and Education.

Am I guaranteed placement in my first choice for a dialogue topic or section?

We do our very best to place students in one of their top two course/section preferences! However, this can’t be guaranteed given it is dependent on day availability, number of applications received, and prompt email communication. 

How is the course graded?

Intergroup Dialogue is a 3‐credit, letter‐graded course. The final course grade is based on attendance and participation, weekly journal assignments and readings, a group action project, and a final paper.

What kind of specific skills will I learn through being in an Intergroup Dialogue course?

Intergroup Dialogue is a research-based practice developed in higher education. Studies have demonstrated that dialogue students complete the course with enhanced communication skills including perspective taking and critical listening; a more complex awareness of inequality in society; a stronger understanding of self, social identities and intersectionality, group conflict, collaboration across difference, and public engagement and action.

If I have more questions about Intergroup Dialogue courses or the enrollment process—who should I contact?

Feel free to e-mail program coordinator Robin Higgins, rjhiggin@syr.edu, or call 315-443-9585. Contact information for our facilitators is also available online: http://intergroupdialogue.syr.edu/our-team/