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.

Putting an Individual Student Program to work

Hartwick ISP Majors.

Hartwick ISP majors 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.


Chad Anderson

Assistant Professor of History & Coordinator of Individual Student Program (ISP)

Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program

For Individual Student Program (ISP) students with a self-designed major, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years.

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