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

Step by Step: Declaration and Approval

Step 3:  Prepare the Declaration Form
The Declaration Form, available from the ISP Coordinator, will outline your proposed ISP and includes the following sections: 

a.  Personal information, including your proposed ISP title.

b.  A list of advisory committee members with approval signatures.

c.  An essay about your program. In it, you will explain your motivation for doing an ISP, discuss your overall goals, and provide a rationale for the courses you have included in you area of concentration.

d.  A list of courses for your ISP Area of Concentration. This list must include all regular courses, independent studies, internships, directed studies, senior projects, and/or courses at other colleges or universities that will make up your program. 

e.  A list of all the courses you will take, grouped by year and semester.

f.  A list of courses that fulfill Liberal Arts in Practice general education requirements.

Step 4:  Draft Proposal, Get Signatures, Submit 
Take the rough draft of your proposal to your IS committee members and the ISP Coordinator. They will review the proposal and make suggestions for improvements. Make any changes that you feel are necessary in light of these discussions. Then prepare a final draft of your proposal and get approval signatures from your program advisor and the other members of your individual committee. Give the completed form (hard copy with signatures) to the ISP Coordinator. Also send an electronic copy (attached file e-mail) to ayere@hartwick.edu to facilitate distribution to the IS Committee.

Step 5:  Interdisciplinary Studies Committee Evaluation:
The Interdisciplinary Studies Committee is a standing Committee of the faculty of Hartwick College.  It consists of the ISP Coordinator and two professors from each of the academic divisions (Physical and Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities). The Committee evaluates all proposals and sets all policies related to ISP. It meets regularly during the fall and spring terms (but not during J-Term) to consider programs and senior projects.

At your meeting with the IS Committee, you will briefly present an outline of your program and answer any questions the members might have about your plans. To prepare, review your proposal and try to anticipate what kinds of questions the committee might ask. Keep in mind that this is not an interrogation. Rather, the meeting is an opportunity for you to demonstrate the initiative and creativity that you have put into your proposal. The committee's role is to help you achieve your goals by making sure your program is clear, feasible, and able to meet college and state standards.

After you leave the meeting, the IS Committee reviews and then votes on your proposal. The ISP Coordinator will inform you of the results as soon as possible. If the committee decides to accept, your file goes to the Registrar who officially registers you as a declared ISP major. In some cases, the committee will give a conditional acceptance, and require that the student agree to make certain changes to the proposal (usually small additions or modifications) before forwarding the file. If the committee feels that the proposal has problems that are insurmountable, it will be declined and the student must substantially revise the proposal and resubmit.