• Hartwick student during glassblowing class
  • Hartwick student in music studio
  • Hartwick art student with professor
  • Johonstone Science Center, Hartwick College

Special Minors

Special Programs & Minors in the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Cognitive Science
Documentary Photography

Environmental Science and Policy

Finance

Graphic Communications

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Museum Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies

U.S. Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies

Cognitive Science
There has always been a fascination with how the mind works. How is information and knowledge represented in the mind? What is the nature of intelligence? How do we acquire and use language? How do we learn and reason? Can we build robots that perceive, solve problems, and make decisions like humans? How do brain lesions affect cognition? How is the human brain different from the brain of other animals? Questions such as these drive the field of cognitive science. More on Hartwick's cognitive science minor...

Documentary Photography
Hartwick’s documentary photography minor is designed for students majoring in areas other than art who want to use photography as a tool to examine the world around them. Photography courses start with basic use of the camera, darkroom, and lighting (essential skills for all photographic careers) and then move to more advanced photography techniques. Students are encouraged to learn computer/digital imaging techniques as well as traditional methods, such as 4x5 camera and color photography. All photography minors complete an internship to further develop skills and help assess aptitude for and love of the field.

After graduation, documentary photography minors may go on to advanced study in order to pursue careers in photojournalism and advertising, fashion, news, sports, ecology/conservation, industrial, architectural, theatrical, and portrait photography. Non-majors with a special interest in photography are encouraged to select the documentary photography minor. For example, a biology major who plans to write articles for conservation magazines gains a competitive edge with the ability to illustrate articles with his or her own photographs. The documentary photography minor also works well with the English major or art history major, psychology major, and anthropology major.

Students interested in the documentary photography minor should contact Katharine Kreisher, Professor of Art.

Environmental Science and Policy
The environmental science and policy minor is based on the idea that understanding and solving current environmental problems requires broadly trained professionals who can think independently. We provide students with a balanced education firmly rooted in the physical and life sciences, economics, and political science. The minor’s capstone experience is the Senior Seminar in Environmental Assessment, in which students confront real local, national, and global environmental issues.

Special opportunities include directed and independent studies, conferences, and summer research. Students have completed internships at the National Weather Service, Harvard University, Cornell University, the Soil and Water Conservation Department, and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Hartwick’s off-campus courses in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, Switzerland, the Grand Canyon, and Hawaii offer unique opportunities for students interested in environmental issues. Students also benefit from research opportunities at the Environmental Field Station at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, nearly 1,000 acres of mixed deciduous forest, lakes, swamps, and streams. More on Hartwick's environmental science and policy minor...

Finance
The finance minor provides a foundation in the three main areas of finance—corporate finance, investments and financial markets, and money and financial institutions—as well as in the related disciplines of accounting and economics.

Finance minors gain familiarity with such topics as finance theory, financial analysis and planning, bond and stock valuation, working capital management, strategic long-term investment and financing decisions, and international financial management. Careers in finance include corporate finance officer, stockbroker, portfolio manager, financial analyst, banker, and financial consultant. The finance minor is good preparation for students considering a career as professional chartered financial analyst (CFA). More on Hartwick's finance minor...

Graphic Communications
The minor in graphic communications complements study in such areas as art history, management, computer science, education, English, museum studies, and theatre. The combination of the minor with a major in any of these areas prepares students for careers in advertising, printing, publications, and public relations.

The specific courses students choose to complete the minor will depend on their interests and career goals. All graphic communications minors complete at least one field experience in an area of communications; past internships include positions at YM Magazine, Young & Rubicam, Fox Sports New England, and KCRA-TV (Sacramento). More about Hartwick's graphic communications minor...

Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The Latin American and Caribbean studies minor aims to enhance students’ awareness of hemispheric and global interdependence among states and peoples. It includes courses from anthropology, art, biology, English, history, political science, and Spanish and addresses such topics as the history of colonialism and conquest, the conflict and cooperation defining U.S.-Latin American relations, the cultural experience and contributions of the region, current politics of and strategies for economic development, and ecological and environmental issues. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in off-campus programs or internships in the region. More about Hartwick's Latin American and Caribbean studies minor...

Museum Studies
Hartwick is one of few colleges nationwide that offers undergraduate work in museum studies. The minor is intended for students interested in developing a museum-related career or learning about museums as part of our cultural heritage. Students usually take museum studies courses in conjunction with a major in an academic field associated with museums (anthropology, art, art history, education, history, management, or one of the sciences). Coursework is complemented by use of the visiting exhibitions and permanent collections of Hartwick’s Yager Museum and Foreman Gallery. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships or volunteer work at additional museums or galleries. The museum studies minor prepares students for graduate school, or, in special cases, entry-level positions in museum work. More about Hartwick's museum studies minor...

Peace and Conflict Studies
The peace and conflict studies minor serves students interested in the interdisciplinary study of the conflicts that characterize our world and the peace efforts that arise in response to these conflicts. Courses are offered across the major academic divisions of the college, drawing on the expertise of faculty in a number of different disciplines. Students pursuing a Hartwick minor in peace and conflict studies will explore the causes of international and domestic conflict, the results of such conflict, and the various ways available to mediate and prevent conflict. Topics included in the broad range of available courses include pacifism and non-violent protest, domestic violence, war, torture, sex, race, sexual orientation discrimination, and peace movements of various kinds.

The program also offers a one-credit capstone course on an annual basis. This course focuses on some of the major themes in peace and conflict research, with a special emphasis on the place of war and nonviolence in political and ethical thought. More about Hartwick's peace and conflict studies minor...

U. S. Ethnic Studies
The U.S. ethnic studies minor focuses on the comparative study of race and ethnicity in the United States as it intersects with the international context. Coursework in the minor introduces students to the histories and cultures of U.S. racial and ethnic groups in ways that highlight the differences and similarities of ethnic experience and expression. It also familiarizes students with the history of the conceptual debates about race and ethnicity and various analytical approaches currently influential within interdisciplinary scholarship on ethnicity and race relations. More about Hartwick's U.S. ethnic studies minor...

Women's & Gender Studies
The women's and gender studies minor familiarizes students with the scholarship on gender that has developed in almost every academic field over the past three decades. This scholarship transcends disciplines and challenges traditional ways of teaching and conducting research. Hartwick's women's and gender studies minor addresses the following issues with respect to gender:

  • It challenges androcentric bias in thought, language, and social and intellectual systems.
  • It rethinks central Western dualisms (e.g., mind/body, subject/object, thinking/doing).
  • It critiques all forms of oppression, including class, race, sex, sexual-affectional preference, first world-third world, violence, militarism, ecological destruction, political inequality, and hierarchies of power.

More about Hartwick's women's and gender studies minor...

Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-888-HARTWICK (1-888-427-8942) or 607-431-4150 (within the 607 area code). To receive more information, complete our request form.

Know the Facts.
1Hartwick’s own social media site.