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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

IAPC Workshops

Class advisers will be on hand to answer questions about the Gallatin concentration and the IAPC, and then lead a brainstorming exercise. Perfect if your IAPC is due soon and you want some ideas to help you get started! 

Spring 2019 IAPC Workshops

  • Monday, March 11 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Gallatin 620
  • Wednesday, March 13, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Gallatin 620
  • Friday, March 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Gallatin 620
  • Monday, March 25, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Gallatin 620
  • Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Gallatin 620
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Gallatin 620
  • Friday, March 29, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Gallatin 401

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.

Colloquium Overview Workshops

Sponsored by the Office of Advising, Colloquium overview workshops are held throughout the year at the Gallatin Building at 1 Washington Place. These workshops articulate the timeline and expectations for the colloquium process. All upperclass students are advised to attend a colloquium overview workshop, and read information available online before attending.

Fall 2019 Colloquium Overview Workshops

  • Dates TBD

Rationale Writing Workshops

The Office of Advising is offering workshops designed for juniors preparing to begin the process of drafting their Rationale and List of Works 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. All workshops are held in the Gallatin Building at 1 Washington Place.

Fall 2019 Rationale Writing Workshops

  • Dates TBD

For information on the Rationale/Colloquium process, please visit the Colloquium page.

Colloquium Preparation Podcast Series

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.

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

Juniors! This week you should be thinking about:

Expected Date of Graduation

Does Albert know your plans? Make sure he is right! Log into your student center and check your "expected date of graduation".



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