All of Haverford's departments offer courses of academic rigor as well as opportunities for students to pursue their scholarly interests and passions.
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Watch and listen to Haverford Students discuss the Biology program's lab research and experience from Sophomore to Senior year.
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An Array of Excellent Options
Astronomy or Japanese?
Classical Archaeology or Physics?
Fine Arts or The Growth and Structure of Cities?
Haverford's unique curricular requirements ensure that our students are well-rounded, expansive thinkers.
- Students take courses in each of three major academic divisions: social sciences, humanities and natural sciences–for a variety of ideas, concepts, and intellectual approaches.
- Of the 32 courses required for graduation, at least 19 must be outside the major, including classes in at least two subjects in each division. One course must be quantitative.
- Students must either show proficiency in a language other than English or complete one year of language study.
All first-year students take a writing seminar, in which they analyze texts and craft arguments; topics reflect the faculty's expertise and passions.
Declaring a Major
Students declare a major by the end of sophomore year, when they begin a deep and detailed inquiry into one discipline that culminates in a comprehensive senior thesis.