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Professor Kristin Horton with junior student Monica Cortez-Langham

Professor Kristin Horton advising Gallatin student Monica Cortez-Langham

During junior year, students focus upon developing a unique concentration which reflects their academic and professional interests and goals. During junior year some students may work towards completing cross-school minors; Other students may study away in the US or abroad in locations like Washington DC, Prague, Ghana, and Tel Aviv; Many might be engaged in internships at recording studios, print publications, financial firms, and the like.

A large component of junior year is preparing for the colloquium, Gallatin’s capstone event that takes place during the senior year. The colloquium provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their concentrations and to synthesize experiences studying books, taking courses, and doing independent studies and internships into an integrated discussion.

Helpful Links and Information

Colloquium Planning

Students are encouraged to begin planning for the colloquium before senior year.  Juniors should set up a meeting with their primary faculty adviser  to touch base regarding the timeline for rationale and booklist development, and preparations for the colloquium. Read about the colloquium requirement, and learn about Gallatin's expectations for the conversation where students will find information about rationale and booklist review cycles and colloquium completion deadlines.  

Students entering Gallatin in Fall 2015 or later will be required to register for COLLQ-UG during the semester in which the colloquium is completed. This two credit requirement formalizes the time and effort needed to successfully prepare for the colloquium. Students who began their studies at Gallatin prior to Fall 2015 have the option to register. Details about COLLQ-UG are available here.

Rationale and Booklist Writing Workshops

The Office of Advising is offering workshops designed for juniors preparing to begin the process of drafting their Rationale and Booklist in preparation for the Colloquium. Juniors in their second semester are expected to begin working with their Primary Adviser in this process, and these workshops offer helpful hints, suggestions and exercises that will aid students in the writing of this very important degree requirement.

Spring 2017 Rationale and Booklist Writing Workshops

  • Wednesday - 02.01 @ 2:00 – room 620
  • Tuesday - 03.07 @ 3:00 – room 620
  • Thursday - 04.20 @ 10:00 – room 620
  • Wednesday - 05.03 @ 11:00 – room 620

Colloquium Workshops

Sponsored by the Office of Advising, colloquium workshops are held throughout the year. The workshops articulate the timeline and expectations for the colloquium process. All upperclass students are advised to attend a colloquium workshop, and read information available online before attending.

Spring 2017 Colloquium Workshops

  • Friday - 01.27 @ 2:00 - room 401
  • Tuesday - 02.07 @ 12:30 - room 501
  • Friday - 02.17 @ 2:00 - room 401
  • Thursday - 02.23 @ 12:30 - room 501
  • Wednesday - 03.08 @ 11:00 - room 527
  • Thursday - 03.23 @ 12:30 - room 401
  • Wednesday - 04.19 @ 3:30 - room 401
  • Tuesday - 05.02 @ 12:30 - room 501

For information on the Rationale/Colloquium process, please CLICK HERE.

Away from campus? Studying abroad? Want to review the colloquium workshop? The podcasts below will likely be of use! Be in touch with your primary faculty adviser regarding timeline and expectations regarding process.

Colloquium Preparation Podcast Series

We have a number of podcasts dedicated to preparing for the colloquium. Listen in and follow up with any questions you might have!

Two Credit COLLQ-UG Information

Choosing Your Colloquium Committee

BA/MPA Dual Degree Program

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service have created a dual-degree program to enable students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Gallatin's Individualized Major and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in either Wagner's Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy Program (PNP), or its Health Policy and Management Program (HPAM) in less time than it would take to complete the programs separately. This dual degree is designed for students with a strong commitment to public leadership, and will allow such students to enhance and focus their opportunities for learning, while helping them to build a meaningful career in public service.  You are eligible to apply to be pre-tracked for the dual degree program when you have completed 72 credits.  The fall deadline to pre-apply is October 1st, 2014.

Further questions?


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