Individual Student Program

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

At Hartwick, we know that prescribed 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.

Typically, graduates who have created their own major program pursue careers as:

  • Art Therapists
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Public relations specialists
  • Management analysts
  • Media & Communications Specialists
  • Writers
  • Editors


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 41,000 new jobs open in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)

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

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.

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. Together with the chair of ISP and the ISP committee each student works to develop their course plan, thesis proposal and thesis in conjunction with their chosen advisors to reflect the goals of their desired program.

Meet the ISP coordinator.

Kevin Schultz
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics & Coordinator of Individual Student Program (ISP)
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Areas of expertise:
atomic physics, ultrafast lasers, semi-classical physics quantum chaos and microcontrollers.


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