2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog

2008-2009 Catalog

The Academic Program: Curriculum and Requirements

The Curriculum

The Bryn Mawr curriculum is designed to encourage breadth of learning and training in the fundamentals of scholarship in the first two years, and mature and sophisticated study in depth in a major program during the last two years. Its overall purpose is to challenge the student and prepare her for the lifelong pleasure and responsibility of educating herself and playing a responsible role in contemporary society. The curriculum encourages independence within a rigorous but flexible framework of divisional and major requirements.

The Bryn Mawr curriculum obtains further breadth through institutional cooperation. Virtually all undergraduate courses and all major programs at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges are open to students from both schools, greatly increasing the range of available subjects. With certain restrictions, full-time Bryn Mawr students may also take courses at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University during the academic year without payment of additional fees.

Requirements for the A.B. Degree

Thirty-two units of work are required for the A.B. degree. These must include:

•     One College Seminar.
•     One unit to meet the quantitative skills requirement.
•     Work to demonstrate the required level of proficiency in foreign language.
•     Six units to meet the divisional requirements.
•     A major subject sequence.
•     Elective units of work to complete an undergraduate program.

In addition, all students must complete eight half-semesters of physical education, successfully complete a swim proficiency test and meet the residency requirement.

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Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer