Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to declare a major?
How do I declare or change my major?
What if I decide on a major and then change my mind?
How can an integrated liberal arts degree help me?
Would it be useful to minor in a field?
Does majoring in a field mean that I am stuck having to pursue a career related to this field?
What do employers look for in candidates?
Q: When do I have to declare a major?
A:Students must declare a major near the end of their sophomore year, before they can pre-register in April for their fall courses.
Q: How do I declare or change my major?
A:In order to declare or change your major at Hartwick College, follow the five simple steps below.
- Obtain a Change of Major Form from the Office of the Registrar (4th floor Dewar)
- Choose a professor in your major and ask him or her if he or she is willing to be your advisor
- Have your new advisor sign the form
- Turn in the form to the Office of the Registrar
Q: What if I decide on a major and then change my mind?
A: Changing your major is always an option. There a few things to keep in mind when contemplating changing your major. First and foremost, are you changing your major for the right reasons? Are you not enjoying your classes? Has an internship or volunteer experience in another field led you to think that a different major may be more suitable for your chosen career path? Is it feasible at this point in the academic game? After you have asked yourself these questions and met with an advisor, you may change your major.
Q: How can an integrated liberal arts degree help me?
A: The cornerstone of a liberal arts degree is its potential to prepare you for life after college. In this manner, the skills gained in a liberal arts curriculum provide many of the skills that most employers or graduate schools expect graduates to possess. Most liberal arts students graduate with the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, posses strong interpersonal skills, are highly adaptable to change, have developed keen critical and analytical thinking skills, and display well-honed problem solving abilities. These five skills are five of the top ten qualities employers seek in job candidates.
Q: Would it be useful to minor in a field?
A:Minoring in a field can be useful. Many students decide to declare a minor because they have taken several classes in a particular field or they are interested in the field but would rather major in a field more pertinent to their career objectives. Some common minors include Foreign Languages or fields closely related to your major (i.e. Business Majors often Minor in Math, History Majors often Minor in Political Science, and Art Majors often Minor in Graphic Communications).
To declare a minor, please use the APPLICATION TO REGISTRAR FOR TRANSCRIPT LISTING OF A MINOR form, available in the Office of the Registrar, 4th floor, Dewar Hall. The form needs to be signed by the Department Chair and returned to the Office of of the Registrar in order for a minor to show on your transcript.
Q: Does majoring in a field mean that I am stuck having to pursue a career related to this field?
A: Absolutely NOT! The correlation between academic major and career paths is low. It is not uncommon to find many people in careers unrelated to their major. The most IMPORTANT point is to gain skills pertinent to your chosen career field. These skills, often referred to as "transferable" skills, can be gained either by taking classes in fields that will give you the necessary knowledge and aptitudes for your career or by participating in clubs and organizations allowing you to cultivate these skills.
Q: What do employers look for in candidates?
A: Employers look for...
1. Communication Skills
5. Academic Achievement/GPA
6. Interpersonal Skills
8. Technical Skills
9. Honesty & Integrity
10. Analytical/Problem Solving Skills