Prianka at Praxis poster session

There are three levels of Praxis courses (see below), which require increasing amounts of fieldwork but do not need to be taken successively.  Praxis I and II courses are offered within a variety of academic departments and are developed by faculty in those departments.  Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors.   Students may enroll in more than one Praxis course at a time and are sometimes able to use the same field placement to meet the requirements of both courses. Praxis-style courses taken at other institutions are subject to prior approval by the Praxis Office and the Dean’s Office.

Praxis I:

Praxis I Departmental Courses provide opportunities for students to explore and develop community connections in relation to the course topic by incorporating a variety of activities into the syllabus, such as: field trips to local organizations, guest speakers from those organizations, and assignments that ask students to research local issues. In some cases, students in Praxis I courses are engaged an introductory fieldwork activities; the time commitment for this fieldwork does not exceed 2 hours per week or 20 hours per semester. The Praxis component in all Praxis I courses constitutes less than 25 percent of the total coursework assigned.

Praxis II:

Praxis II Departmental Courses include a more substantial fieldwork component that engages students in activities and projects off-campus that are linked directly to course objectives and are useful to the community partner. The time commitment for fieldwork varies greatly from course to course but falls within the range of 2-7 hours per week or 20-70 hours per semester. Praxis II courses might include: weekly fieldwork, such as assisting in local classrooms, urban farms, community-based organizations; conducting research that has been requested by a community partner; project-based activities such as creating a curriculum or workshop, designing websites or brochures, writing grant proposals.

The Praxis Fieldwork Agreement is an important part of all Praxis II courses. This document outlines the learning and placement objectives of the Praxis component and is signed by the course instructor, the field supervisor, the Praxis coordinator and the student.

The Praxis component in Praxis II courses constitutes between 25-50 percent of total coursework assigned.

Praxis III: Independent Study

A Praxis III independent study places fieldwork at the center of a supervised learning experience. The course is comprised of an 8-10 hour per week internship at a site of the student’s choice and relevant readings, assignments and regular meetings with a faculty advisor.

Students who plan to undertake a Praxis III Independent Study must submit a proposal at pre-registration and obtain their dean’s approval.  Before the start of the semester, they also must work with their faculty advisor and field supervisor to complete a learning plan that outlines the curriculum for their course.  (Copies of the Praxis III Independent Study Proposal and the Praxis III Learning Plan are available on the “Praxis Student Resources” page).

At mid-semester, the Praxis Program hosts information sessions for students interested in developing a Praxis III course.  Praxis staff provides guidance and assistance to students in the course development process, as well as throughout the semester.

Fieldwork constitutes approximately 75% of the curriculum for this course.  Students typically complete 8-10 hours of fieldwork per week.

Students typically meet with their faculty advisor once every two weeks.

Praxis III courses are available to sophomores and above in good academic standing.

A student may take no more than two Praxis III courses during her Bryn Mawr career.

The Breakdown

Field Site Statistics Praxis I Developmental Course

Praxis II



Praxis III Independent Study
Percentage of Coursework less than 25% 25 - 50% 75%
Hours Per Week 1-2 2-7 8-10