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Applications for Spring 2024 clusters are closed. The slate of clusters for Academic Year 2024-25 will be announced in January, 2024.

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Origins of Freedom 360° - Spring 2024

Courses: ANTH 214, FREN 333, POLS 358 (3 units)
Field Component: 8-day field study in the Mississippi River Valley (tentatively scheduled March 8-15, 2024)
Special Programming: Culminating symposium, group meals
Prerequisites: One course in philosophy or political theory, or consent of instructors
Approaches Met: CC or IP
Open/Closed: all courses available to 360 students only

NOTE: FREN 333 will be taught in English. No experience in French language or culture is required as all texts will be taught in translation. 

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Coasts in Transition 360° - Spring 2024

Courses: BIOL 323, GEOL 350 (2 units)
Field Component: One week-long field excursion (tentatively scheduled March 8-16, 2024), to Belize, and one day trip to a research station along the US Mid-Atlantic coast
Prerequisites: BIOL 220: Ecology (preferred) or Biology 111 AND 1 full-semester Geology or Chemistry course
Approaches Met: None
Open/Closed: all courses available to 360 students only

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Europe from the Margins 360° - Spring 2024

Courses: GERM 217, HIST 226, POLS 205 (3 units)
Field Component: 8-day field study in Berlin, Germany (tentatively scheduled March 8-15, 2024)
Special Programming: Guest speakers, film series, group lunches
Prerequisites: none
Approaches Met: CI, CC, IP
Open/Closed: all courses available to non-360 students

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Schedule your appointment with Sarah Theobald to plan for your 360°. 

Frequently Asked Questions

In December, descriptions of 360°s we anticipate offering in the following academic year are posted to the 360° Upcoming Courses webpage. Any prerequisites for courses are indicated there.

In the month prior to preregistration (October and March), info sessions are hosted by the Program for students interested in the 360°s being offered the following semester. Faculty highlight any enrollment criteria, such as preference given to majors, concentrators, seniors, etc.

Following the info session, applications are made available to students via class listservs, the Tri-Co Course guide, Instagram, and the website.

Students must complete the application by noon on the Wednesday before preregistration, and are notified of their status by the Monday of preregistration at noon.

If accepted, students must confirm their intention to participate no later than the Wednesday of preregistration at noon.  Accepted students who do not respond are contacted (by email and phone), and given until Wednesday, 5 p.m. to respond. Faculty then consider waitlisted students.

If waitlisted, students must confirm their interest in remaining on the wait list by no later than the Tuesday of preregistration, noon.  Waitlisted students are notified as soon as a space becomes available, but no later than the end of the first week of classes in the semester the 360° is being offered. Students are selected from the waitlist at faculty discretion.

The registrar enrolls Bryn Mawr students in all 360° courses following faculty decisions and student acceptances. Haverford and Swarthmore students will confer with their home registrars to confirm their preregistration.

Applications are open to Tri-Co students during pre-registration for the upcoming semester. Students may not participate in a 360 during their first semester at Bryn Mawr. Selection criteria vary depending on the demands of the cluster, but successful applicants will demonstrate deep interest in the theme of the 360, and a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary exploration. For more information, see Application Procedures.

It depends on the interest among students and the content of the cluster. Each 360° cohort usually has 15 students. Faculty set criteria to evaluate applications based on the requirements of the 360°. The application process runs through the first week of preregistration, in case students need to make alternate plans before the end of preregistration (see Application Procedures for more details).

All 360°s include some kind of non-traditional classroom experience, which can take many forms, including international travel, domestic travel, Praxis placement, intensive lab experience, project work, and shadowing experts in the field.

Individual 360° courses often fulfill one or more College requirements, and many count towards major requirements in their respective departments. Before applying, you should consult your dean and/or major advisor.

Yes. Each cluster is made up of 2-3 courses in the semester, and students typically take 1-2 non-360° courses in addition to their 360° classes (a full-time student at Bryn Mawr usually takes 4 classes each semester). Special permission is required to enroll in more than 4.5 units in a semester (please see your Dean for further information).

360° clusters are a great way to explore new topics, subjects, and skills.  Each 360° is designed to bring a variety of specialties together to explore a central theme from many perspectives, and we encourage students to try out different fields of study. Some courses in 360° clusters do have pre-requisites, but faculty are often able to work with students to find ways to meet those requirements (even if you haven't completed the exact pre-requirement course).

We don't want money to be a barrier for students who are interested. There is no additional tuition fee to participate in a cluster. The 360° Program covers the cost of visas, transportation, food, and lodging during program trips, as well as fees associated with program elements (museum admission, etc.). Students are responsible for passport fees, if the field experience requires one. If students encounter unanticipated costs as part of their 360° experience, they are encouraged to be in contact with the Program coordinator for additional resources.

Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to all aspects of College life. If you are a student with a diagnosed learning, physical, or psychological disability who may need to request academic or facilities accommodations to participate in program activities, early planning is essential. Some programs include a significant amount of physical activity. For locations abroad in particular, attitudes towards disabilities, the terrain, housing options, and the availability of accommodations vary. Please contact Deb Alder, Access Services Director (610-526-7351 or dalder@brynmawr.edu), right away to discuss your needs and start gathering information. Early planning and flexibility can help to ensure a positive experience. 

Learn more on our Travel Resources page.