Students who plan to take a junior semester abroad must get the approval of the department adviser before completing her course registration for the program. The student should submit a description of the program, a catalogue or published description of the courses she plans to take for sociology credit, and a statement of how the program fits into the major.
The Sociology Department encourages students to pursue the varied opportunities to combine classroom learning with practical experiences through fieldwork and internships in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. the Sociology of AIDS Internship (Sociology 315), which must be taken along with The Sociology of AIDS (Sociology 310) taught by Professor Porter, gives full credit for internships. Courses incorporating internships or fieldwork as significant components of the course work are: The Sociology of Poverty (Sociology 212) taught by Professor Porter, U.S. Social Structure (Sociology 103) taught by Professor Osirim, and Urban Fieldwork (Sociology 242) taught by Professor Takenaka. In addition to these course related internships, opportunities for volunteer work in social service and other agencies are provided through the college's Community Services Office. Students interested in course related internships should consult the Professor teaching the course for more information.
Over the past several years, the sociology department has received a gift to fund student internships. The Pollak Fund supports student internships for 8-10 weeks each summer and, beginning in 2007-08 during the academic year as well. These grants are supported by the estate of Otto and Gertrude Pollak - lawyers from Vienna, Austria - who became political refugees from Nazism, and emigrated to the United States. After they settled in the Philadelphia area, Bryn Mawr College had a significant impact in helping them to establish their professional careers.
Students may request to work independently with a faculty member on an individual research project. The number of students accepted for independent study is necessarily limited because of other demands on faculty's time. Independent study is restricted to seniors and can be undertaken in either semester of the senior year. The student must have a GPA in the major of at least 3.3. The student must have done relevant course work in the area of the research study with the professor she requests to supervise her study. The student should seek the approval of the prospective faculty adviser as early as possible in the semester preceding the proposed independent study.
The department participates in the interdisciplinary programs in Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies and in the Growth and Structure of Cities Program. Cross-registration in Sociology and allied social science departments at Haverford, Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania provides many opportunities to study in specialized areas such as medical sociology, women's studies, demography, African American studies, statistics and computer science. Majors also frequently spend a junior semester abroad, combining the study of language, literature and culture with courses in sociology and allied social science. Students interested in these programs should consult first with their departmental undergraduate adviser.
Staff at Gold of Africa Museum and Restaurant.
Photo by Wendy M. Greenfield
Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin