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

All Exploratory students are paired with a faculty member who is often an instructor they have or from a major they have shown interest in. The Director of Academic Advising serves as the secondary advisor for all exploratory students (‘undeclared advisor’), 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.


Online Resources

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 in Golisano Hall to learn about various self-assessment tools and personality inventories (such as Meyers-Briggs) or consider their Strengths Quest results from FLP 101, or see the Personal Style Inventory with in the “Toolbox for Choosing a Major”.