Individual Student Program

Student ShowcaseAre you ready to explore uncharted territory? Do you like get off the beaten path? Consider creating your own Hartwick College major with our Individual Student Program (ISP).

At Hartwick, we know that proscribed journeys aren’t for everyone. Some of us learn better when we chart our own path. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to create your own major, bringing Hartwick’s renowned focus on hands-on education together with your passion to make a major that’s just right for you.

Where ISP study can take you.

If you’re ready to chart your own path, chances are you have a destination in mind. We’ll help you get there.

Recent ISP majors at Hartwick have focused on:

  • Art Therapy
  • Classics
  • Criminal Justice
  • International Business
  • International Economics
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Management and Production for the Performing Arts
  • Marketing Communications
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music and the Music Industry
  • Public Relations and Image Management
  • Women’s Studies
  • Writing for the Page, Stage, and Screen

A closer look.

An ISP should be comparable in strength, breadth, and depth to programs at colleges and universities that offer majors in the area of study, and to other majors at Hartwick.

Beyond the basic.

ISPs at Hartwick should differ substantially from established majors and should not be a standard major modified by a few additions or deletions. The program may be carried out entirely on the Hartwick campus, or it may use the resources of other academic institutions in the United States or abroad.

Meet the ISP faculty.

Elizabeth Ayer
Professor of Art History, Coordinator of ISP
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Areas of expertise:
Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Art of Imperial China and Art of the Andes, 13th century Italian painting and the impact of Byzantine art and culture in the West.
James Buthman
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Areas of expertise:
Public policy and American government with an emphasis on environmental and energy policy.
Edythe Ann Quinn
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Areas of expertise:
Contemporary America, U.S. Women, Race and Ethnicity, Civil Rights Movement, Immigrants and Immigration, Environmental History
Stephanie Rozene
Associate Professor and Chair of Art & Art History
Areas of expertise:
ceramics, craft history, wheel throwing, hand building, surface decoration, glaze chemistry and application, electric and gas-fired kilns.
Kevin Schultz
Assistant Professor of Physics
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Areas of expertise:
atomic physics, ultrafast lasers, semi-classical physics quantum chaos and microcontrollers.
Robert Seguin
Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Race & Ethnic Studies
Ph.D., Duke University
Areas of expertise:
modern and contemporary American fiction, contemporary literary and cultural theory, the fictional treatment of money, work, and social class, on the representation of intellectuals and other knowledge workers in the novel, on the nature of globalization as a new mutation in the capitalist system, science fiction.
Munir S. Syed
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
M.B., B.S., University of Peshawar; M. Phil., University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Areas of expertise:
medical microbiology, clinical pathophysiology, and human biology


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