At Bryn Mawr, we embrace a distinctive academic model that offers a select number of outstanding coeducational graduate programs in arts and sciences and social work in conjunction with an exceptional undergraduate college for women. As such, Bryn Mawr undergraduates have significant opportunities to do advanced work by participating in graduate level courses offered in several academic areas. These areas include Chemistry; Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology; Clinical Developmental Psychology; Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies; History of Art; Mathematics; Physics; and Social Work. An undergraduate must meet the appropriate prerequisites for a particular course and obtain departmental approval if she wishes the course to count towards her major.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)
Founded in 1885, the Bryn Mawr Graduate School was the first graduate school to open its doors to women in the United States. This radical innovation of graduate education in a women's college was the beginning of a distinguished history of teaching and learning designed to enable every student to reach the apex of her intellectual capacity. Today, students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are a vital component in a continuum of learning and research, acting as role models for undergraduates and as collaborators with the faculty. Renowned for excellence within disciplines, Bryn Mawr also fosters connections across disciplines and the individual exploration of newly unfolding areas of research.
Examples of GSAS graduate level courses that are open to advanced undergraduates include:
ARCH 693 Studies in Greek Pottery
CHEM 534 Organometallic Chemistry
FREN 688 Stratégie Militaire
HART 607 Women in Medieval Art
GREK 639 Greek Orators: Classical Athens
MATH 506 Graduate Topology
PSYC 623 Family, School, and Culture
The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR)
Social work was woven into the very fabric of Bryn Mawr College since it first opened its doors in 1885. Founded by Joseph Wright Taylor, a Quaker physician who wanted to establish a college for the advanced education of women, Bryn Mawr College soon became nondenominational but continued to be guided by Quaker values, including the freedom of conscience and a commitment to social justice and social activism. The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research was established through a bequest in 1912 from an undergraduate alumna of the College, Carola Woerishoffer, who at the time of her death at age 25 was investigating factory conditions for the New York Department of Labor. Her gift of $750,000 (about $14 million in today’s dollars) was the largest gift the College had received at that time, and was made so that others would be prepared to engage in social work, the field to which Carola Woerishoffer had committed herself.
As part of the Bryn Mawr College academic community and throughout its over 90-year history, the school has placed great emphasis on critical, creative, and independent habits of thought and expression as well as an unwavering commitment to democratic principles of social justice. It has been instrumental in promoting the social work profession by providing a rigorous educational environment to prepare clinicians, administrators, policy analysts, advocates, and educators who are committed to addressing the needs of individuals, families, organizations, and communities with emphasis on social and economic justice and the enhancement of individual, societal, and global well-being. The school is deeply committed to an integrated perspective on policy, practice, theory, and research, and to educating individuals who are prepared not only to respond to current and emerging needs, but also to define standards of practice, shape social welfare policy, and undertake cutting-edge research in the social and behavioral sciences.
Examples of GSSWSR graduate level courses that are open to advanced undergraduates include:
SOWK 302 Perspectives on Inequality
SOWK 306 Social Determinants of Health
SOWK 354 Public Health
SOWK 408 Women and the Law
SOWK 411 Family Law