2017-18 Catalog

AB Requirements

The Major

In order to ensure that students’ education involves not simply exposure to many disciplines but also some degree of mastery in at least one, they must choose an area to be the focus of their work in the last two years at the College.

The following is a list of major subjects.

Astronomy (Haverford College)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Classical Culture and Society
Classical Languages
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Fine Arts (Haverford College)
French and Francophone Studies
German and German Studies
Growth and Structure of Cities
History of Art
International Studies
Linguistics (Tri-College Major)
Linguistics and Languages (Tri-College Major)
Music (Haverford College)
Political Science
Religion (Haverford College)
Romance Languages

Students must declare their major subject before the end of the sophomore year.

The minimum course requirement in the major subject shall be eight course units, of which at least one course must be writing intensive (or the equivalent attention to writing in two courses) at the 200 or 300 level.

The process of declaring a major is part of the Sophomore Planning Process. Students shall consult with the departmental adviser and complete a major work plan, which the student then shares with the dean.

Students may not choose to major in a subject in which they have incurred a failure, or in which their average is below 2.0.

Students may double major with the consent of both major departments and their dean. Even when a double major has been approved, scheduling conflicts may occur which make it impossible for a student to complete the plan.

Students may choose to major in any department at Haverford College, in which case they must meet the major requirements of Haverford College and the degree requirements of Bryn Mawr College. Procedures for selecting a Haverford major are available from the Haverford Dean’s Office website and are sent to all sophomores in the early spring.

Declaring a major is one element of the Sophomore Planning Process. An up-to-date overview of the Process and details about each of the components will be posted on the Dean’s Office website each fall.

Students working for an A.B. degree are expected to maintain grades of 2.0 or higher in all courses in their major subject. Students who receive a grade below 2.0 in a course in their major are reviewed by the Committee on Academic Standing and may be required to change majors. If, at the end of junior year, a student has a major-subject grade point average below 2.0, that student must change to a different major. If there is no alternative major, that student will be excluded from the College. A student who is excluded from the College is not eligible for readmission.

Each department sets its own standards and criteria for honors in the major, with the approval of the Curriculum Committee. Students should contact departments for details.