An independent major is not a loose version of a departmental major or a combination of courses in several fields. Rather, it is a coherent, structured plan of study from introductory through advanced work in a recognizable field within the liberal arts. What is more, an independent major is constructed largely from courses offered at Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Interested students should attend the information session and meet with Dean Raima Evan in the fall of the sophomore year.
In designing an independent major, students must enlist two faculty members to serve as advisers. One, who acts as primary adviser, must be a member of the Bryn Mawr faculty; the secondary adviser may be a member of either the Bryn Mawr or Haverford faculty.