• A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
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  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.

Curricular Programs, Courses & Civic Engagement

Hartwick programs with courses that require civic engagement as an integral part of the learning experience include: 

Department of Psychology: Hartwick's rigorous psychology program emphasizes the scientific method and empirical approach in its study of human behavior and mental processes. Experimental psychologists are committed to the idea that through objective empirical observations, progress can be made in understanding, predicting, and modifying behavior. Students who major in psychology acquire knowledge of major theoretical frameworks and hone research skills in observation, experimental design, data analysis, scientific report writing, and by working with community-related organizations.

Department of Education: The program prepares future teachers to work with Childhood (1st-6th grade), Middle Childhood (5th-9th grade), and Adolescence (7th-12th grade) students in 23 teacher certification programs. Reflective, hands-on practica are a central part of Hartwick's education program. There are many effective ways of learning. Internships, study abroad, volunteer service work, the education work-study program, multicultural-urban internships, field practica, and directed studies are some of the options available to education students. We encourage students to design, develop, and implement an educational program that is consistent with their interests and preparation, and long-term professional goals.

Department of Nursing: Clinical experiences to meet course outcomes will occur in diverse rural clinic and community settings with an emphasis on therapeutic interventions, health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and health teaching within a unique ethno-cultural environment. The Partnership for Nursing Opportunities program is designed to provide on-site education at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY through Hartwick College while the student is employed as a Registered Professional Nurse in the Bassett Healthcare system. Participants in this work-study program are scheduled for classes taught by Hartwick faculty at Bassett Healthcare.

Department of Sociology: Hartwick's sociology major offers students immediate opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to fieldwork and internships–in the U.S. and internationally. Many courses provide community-based learning opportunities that connect students directly to local, national, and international organizations and allow them to explore and gain experience in contexts in which they may pursue careers. Hartwick's sociology professors utilize a broad range of challenging teaching and learning methods. Coursework often entails the use of video production, small-group workshops, computer-assisted teaching, field trips, and community service learning opportunities designed to demonstrate and connect the theory and practice of sociology.

Department of Political Science: An investigation of the role of elections in U.S. politics with heavy reliance upon the empirical research of electoral behavior and of the effect of parties and of interest groups upon the electoral and government process. Courses are offered that have a community service component where students spend time working on local, state, and national campaigns.

First-Year Seminar/The Human Spirit in Action: Civic Engagement/Service Learning represents a comprehensive engagement in interdependent working relationships with others to meet needs in a community. It involves forethought, preparation, consistent committed action, and continuing reflection. This course is designed to engage students in 40 hours of service learning: exploring, identifying, researching, and probing the root to inspired action within the self in relation to others through assigned reading, discussion, journaling, and reflective papers. Each student will create and engage in a service learning project over the course of the semester. One of the goals of this course is to inspire continued service learning engagements through the undergraduate's years and to draft a possible personal map for threading this element into the fabric of one’s life.