At Gallatin, students develop individualized programs of study, the central focus of which is the concentration. Designed by students in consultation with their adviser, a Gallatin concentration is based on a student’s academic and professional goals, and is not simply a substitute for a traditional undergraduate major. Students have a great deal of freedom in constructing their individualized concentrations and can combine disciplines, classes, and other learning experiences, including independent studies, tutorials, internships and private lessons.
Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration (IAPC)
By the end of the sophomore year, all students are required to write a two- to three-page essay in which they reflect on their educational experiences and articulate their academic concentrations. This essay, called the Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration, asks students to describe the central idea(s) of their concentration and the relevant coursework. This essay is a way for students to reflect on how they learn as individuals and to develop an academic plan with long-term goals in mind.