Definitions

MAJOR

In order to ensure that a student’s education involves not simply exposure to many disciplines but also development of some degree of mastery in at least one, she must choose a major subject at the end of the sophomore year. With the guidance of the major adviser, a student plans an appropriate sequence of courses. The following is a list of major subjects:

Anthropology
Astronomy (Haverford College)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology
Chemistry
Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Classical Culture and Society
Classical Languages
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Economics
English
Fine Arts (Haverford College)
French and Francophone Studies
Geology
German and German Studies
Greek
Growth and Structure of Cities
History
History of Art
Italian and Italian Studies
International Studies
Latin
Linguistics (Tri-College Major)
Linguistics and Languages (Tri-College Major)
Mathematics
Music (Haverford College)
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion (Haverford College)
Romance Languages
Russian
Sociology
Spanish

MINOR

The minor typically consists of six courses, with specific requirements determined by the department or program. A minor is not required for the degree. The following is a list of subjects in which students may elect to minor. Minors in departments or programs that do not offer majors appear in italics.

Africana Studies
Anthropology
Astronomy (at Haverford)
Biology
Chemistry
Child and Family Studies
Chinese

Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Classical Culture and Society
Comparative Literature
Computational Methods
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Economics
Education
English
Environmental Studies
Film Studies

French and Francophone Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Geology
German and German Studies
Greek
Growth and Structure of Cities
Health Studies
History
History of Art
International Studies
Italian and Italian Studies
Japanese
Latin
Linguistics (at Haverford)
Mathematics
Middle Eastern Studies
Music (at Haverford)
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Theater Studies

CONCENTRATION

The concentration, which is not required for the degree, is a cluster of classes that overlap the major and focus a student’s work on a specific area of interest:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Geoarchaeology (with a major in Anthropology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, or Geology)
  • Latin-American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures
  • Peace, Conflict and Social Justice

KEY TO COURSE LETTERS

ANTH Anthropology
ARAB Arabic
ARTA Arts in Education
ASTR Astronomy
BIOL Biology
CHEM Chemistry
CNSE Chinese
ARCH Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
CSTS Classical Culture and Society
COML Comparative Literature
CMSC Computer Science
ARTW Creative Writing
ARTD Dance
EAST East Asian Languages and Cultures
ECON Economics
EDUC Education
ENGL English
ARTS Fine Arts
FREN French and Francophone Studies
GNST General Studies
GEOL Geology
GERM German and German Studies
GREK Greek
CITY Growth and Structure of Cities
HEBR Hebrew and Judaic Studies
HIST History
HART History of Art
INST International Studies
ITAL Italian
JNSE Japanese
LATN Latin
LING Linguistics
MATH Mathematics
MUSC Music
PHIL Philosophy
PHYS Physics
POLS Political Science
PSYC Psychology
RELG Religion
RUSS Russian
SOCL Sociology
SPAN Spanish
ARTT Theater

KEY TO COURSE NUMBERS

001-099
These course numbers are used by only a few departments. They refer to introductory courses that are not counted towards the major.

100-199
Introductory courses.

200-299
Introductory and intermediate-level courses

300-399
Advanced courses.

400-499
Special categories of work (e.g., 403 for a unit of supervised work).

A semester course usually carries one unit of credit. Students should check the course guide for unit listing. One unit equals four semester hours or six quarter hours. A quarter course (or Focus course) carries 0.5 units.

KEY TO REQUIREMENT INDICATORS

Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning (QM): Indicates courses that meet the requirement for work in QM.

Quantitative Readiness (QR): Indicates courses that meet the requirement for work in QR.

Scientific Inquiry (SI): Indicates courses that meet the requirement for work in SI.

Critical Interpretation (CI): Indicates courses that meet the requirement for work In CI.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC): Indicates courses that meet the requirement for work CC.

Inquiry Into the Past (IP): Indicates courses that meet the requirement for work In IP.

Neighboring College Courses

Selected Haverford College courses may be listed in this catalog when applicable to Bryn Mawr programs. Consult the Haverford catalog for full course descriptions. Students should consult their deans or major advisers for information about Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University courses pertinent to their studies. Catalogs and course guides for Swarthmore are available through the Tri-Co Course Guide. Catalogs and course guides for Penn and Villanova are available through each institution’s website.

Course Descriptions

Following the description are the name(s) of the instructor(s), the College requirements that the course meets, if any, and information on cross-listing. Information on prerequisite courses may be included in the descriptions or in the prefatory material on each department.

At the time of this printing, the course offerings and descriptions that follow were accurate. Whenever possible, courses that will not be offered in the current year are so noted. There may be courses offered in the current year for which information was not available at the time of this catalog printing. For the most up-to-date and complete information regarding course offerings, faculty, status, and college requirements, please consult BiONic at https://vbm.brynmawr.edu.