The Tri-Co Philly Program is a semester-long, non-residential program that provides students both curricular and co-curricular activities in Philadelphia. This urban experience facilitates engagement with the diversity, complexity, innovation, and systems of the city. The program is being piloted in Spring 2019.
Students will enroll in urban-themed courses from several academic disciplines taught by Haverford and Bryn Mawr faculty in Philadelphia. The urban setting provides a sense of place to enhance the classroom experience, helping students learn first hand how the material in the courses is informed by the environment around them.
Speakers and representatives from organizations will be invited guests in the classes, and students will explore the city through neighborhood tours and also through trips to museums, community-based organizations, archives, and arts and cultural organizations. In spring 2019, students will take the core course, Philadelphia: Inventing a City (ENGL H222B), and choose one of the following additional courses: Narrativity and Hip Hop (ENGL B216) or The Politics of the Creative Class in American Cities (POLS H204B).
The program also includes participation in monthly Philadelphia-based activities—some academic in nature, some connected to issues of social justice, and some simply fun—as well as the opportunity to attend talks and engage with volunteer opportunities in the city. Additionally, the program will include an orientation, a mid-semester gathering and a closing dinner.
Current sophomores, juniors and seniors at Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College are eligible to participate in the program.Expenses related to travel for classes and for co- and extracurricular programming will be covered for students accepted into the program. Travel to Tri-Co Philly classes will also be covered for students taking a class, but not enrolled in the program.
For faculty, the Tri-Co Philly Program facilitates engagement with the city — through both grants to support connecting on-campus courses with Philadelphia, and opportunities to teach program courses in the city.