2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Centers for 21st Century Inquiry

Bryn Mawr’s interdisciplinary centers encourage innovation and collaboration in research, teaching and learning. The four interrelated centers are designed to bring together scholars from various fields to examine diverse ways of thinking about areas of common interest, creating a stage for constant academic renewal and transformation.

Flexible and inclusive, the centers help ensure that the College’s curriculum can adapt to changing circumstances and evolving methods and fields of study. Through research and internship programs, fellowships and public discussions, they foster links among scholars in different fields, between the College and the world around it, and between theoretical and practical learning.

The Center for the Social Sciences was established to respond to the need for stronger linkages and cooperation among the social sciences at Bryn Mawr College. Uniting all the social sciences under an inclusive umbrella, the center provides opportunities for consideration of broad substantive foci within the fundamentally comparative nature of the social science disciplines, while training different disciplinary lenses on a variety of issues.

The Center for International Studies brings together scholars from various fields to define global issues and confront them in their appropriate social, scientific, cultural and linguistic contexts. The center sponsors the minor in International Studies (see page 224) and supports collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, preparing students for life and work in the highly interdependent world and global economy of the 21st century.

The Center for Science in Society was founded to facilitate the broad conversations, involving scientists and nonscientists as well as academics and nonacademics, that are essential to continuing explorations of the natural world and humanity’s place in it. Through research programs, fellowships and public discussions, the center supports innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to education in the sciences, novel intellectual and practical collaborations, and continuing inquiry into the interdependent relationships among science, technology and other aspects of human culture.

The Center for Visual Culture is dedicated to the study of visual forms and experience of all kinds, from ancient artifacts to contemporary films and computer-generated images. It serves as a forum for explorations of the visual aspect of the natural world as well as the diverse objects and processes of visual invention and interpretation around the world.