2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

About Hartwick

Our Mission

Hartwick College, an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.

Our Purpose

Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing interdependent world.

Hartwick graduates will be noted as being able to thrive in a world of global interdependence in which people of the broadest range of national, ethnic, social, and personal backgrounds will interact personal and technologically.

To thrive in this context will require that Hartwick students learn to: understand the world from a variety of perspectives; work constructively with people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences; be avid learners and critical thinkers; communicate effectively and have well-developed personal presence; be purposeful in their actions and value-based in their decisions; and know how to use information technology resources as a routine tool to enhance effectiveness.

Our Values

We are:

  • A college of the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on the development of the disciplines of thinking, communicating, and values-based judgment;
  • A relationship college, focusing on the development of a 24 hour per day, seven days per week, residential educational experience characterized by personal responsibility and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • A future-directed college, focusing on educating people in ways that will make them effective and contributing citizens to the world of their future

Our Character

By being intentional in fulfilling our values—taking those actions that help us better be what we believe we should be—we are a college of both quality and distinctiveness. We are a future-directed community of learners where students, faculty, and staff are mutually engaged in intellectual, social, and personal learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our curricular and co-curricular educational experience emphasizes shared and interdependent learning; a balance of challenge and support; a caring commitment to the individual; intellectual, social, and individual rigor; the development of personal responsibility; and approaches that link theory and practice, what we term “The Liberal Arts in Practice.”

Accreditation and Affiliations

Hartwick is an independent college operating under a charter granted by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Control of the College is vested in its Board of Trustees, and its academic programs are registered with the

New York State Department of Education

Office of Higher Education

Room 979

Education Building Annex

Albany, NY 12230


Hartwick College is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

3624 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


The degree programs in art and art history are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Bachelor of Science degree program in chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society. The degree programs in music and music education are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the music department has an active chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society.

The baccalaureate program in nursing at Hartwick is accredited by:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

One Dupont Circle NW

Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036


Hartwick is an institutional member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American Chemical Society, the American Association of University Women, the Independent College Fund of New York, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council on International Educational Exchange, and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, EduCAUSE.