• A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.

Timeline for Choosing a Major

Because all Hartwick students must declare a major by the second semester of their sophomore year, it is helpful to have a basic timeline so that no important step is missed along the way. Keep in mind that this process does not end once you have chosen a major!

 Freshman Year

  • Self-Assessment.
  • Research various careers and majors by taking courses in majors and visiting Career Services or the Office of Advising & Registration. 
  • Volunteer or work in a field of interest.
  • Participate in the Binghamton Job Shadow Day.
  • Attend workshops and programs sponsored by various departments on campus.

Sophomore Year

  • Join clubs and organizations.
  • Take classes in majors that interest you.
  • Volunteer.
  • Talk to upperclassmen in various majors to get a feel for various courses and their plans relative to their major after college.
  • Participate in the Binghamton Job Shadow Day.
  • Talk to Career Counselors and Advising staff.

Junior Year

  • Talk to seniors to see what they are planning to do after college.
  • Get to know professors in your major. They often have opportunities to do research or connections to internships and jobs in your field.
  • Participate in an internship to supplement your classroom knowledge.
  • Have meetings with an advisor to ensure that you are on the right track.
  • Consider going on the MetroLink Job Shadow Program.
  • Begin thinking about and researching graduate schools if you are interested in pursuing additional education after Hartwick.

Senior Year

  • Visit the Office of Career Development & Education office early to begin your job- search strategies.
  • Talk with as many people as possible in your areas of interest.
  • Do an internship in your major or career field.
  • Participate in mock interviews with Career Counselors.
  • Keep updated on on-campus recruiting and information sessions.
  • Begin applying for graduate school, as deadlines are usually in January and early February.
  • Find professors or administrators willing to serve as references.