Advising Resources


Toolbox for Choosing a Major

You can do this on your own or use it as a basis for discussion with your advisor.

Toolbox for Choosing a Major


Exploratory or Undeclared Advisor

The Coordinator of Academic & Pre-professional Advising serves as the secondary advisor for all exploratory students (‘undeclared advisor’ in WebAdvisor), for the purpose of supporting the student’s relationship with their faculty advisor and by providing specialized attention when requested by students exploring majors.


Majors and Minors Fair

Student representatives (or ambassadors) from each academic department gather in Dewar Student Union for the purpose of meeting exploratory students.

All first and second year students are invited to mingle, network, and have some snacks while asking questions and learning first-hand about Hartwick’s academic programs. Event details are advertised on campus and invitations are sent by email.


Documents and Online Resources

The Advising Office maintains a library of advising related documents and forms including:

  • Advising Handbook
  • Graduation Requirements Worksheets
  • Advising Meeting Summary Forms
  • Academic Program Primary Contact Information

There are hundreds of websites for exploratory students. We recommend beginning with the following:

Talking with People

Don’t overlook a simple, but effective method of gathering relevant information: talking with people in your life.

Have an intentional conversation with fellow students, college faculty and staff (advising and career advisors are trained in helping students select a major), family, friends and professional connections. When faced with making decisions you are uncertain of, talking with the people in your network can help you make good choices, and can lead to connecting to alumni and professionals with similar majors in various career fields.

Self-Discovery Inventories

All students are welcome to stop by the Office of Career Development to learn about various self-assessment tools and personality inventories (such as Meyers-Briggs).