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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Course Catalog: Statement of Purpose

Haverford College is committed to providing a liberal arts education in the broadest sense. This education, based on a rich academic curriculum at its core, is distinguished by a commitment to excellence and a concern for individual growth. Haverford has chosen to remain small and to foster close student/faculty relationships to achieve these objectives.

The College’s rigorous academic program is flexible in form and content, to meet the needs of individual students, and rests on the assumption that the able students who come here will use their capacities fully. Haverford’s faculty is noted for its strengths in both scholarship and teaching, and its members expect to transmit to students their enthusiasm and high standards. Because faculty members are teaching at an undergraduate college of arts and sciences by choice, they expect to learn as well as teach in these close relationships with undergraduates.

The full resources of the College, in and out of the classroom, are designed to promote the personal and intellectual growth of students. The College seeks to broaden and enrich each person's development, through an ambitious program of visiting lecturers and cultural activities, a conscious effort to recruit faculty and students representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives, emphasis on student service programs and self-governance, an athletic program focused on participation and the scholar-athlete, and day-to-day living in a residential community. Students are asked to give of themselves, even as they draw new strength from others. The College seeks to foster the pursuit of excellence and a sense of individual and collective responsibility throughout the entire environment.

Haverford strives to be a college in which integrity, honesty and concern for others are dominant forces. The College does not have as many formal rules or as much formal supervision as do most other colleges; rather it offers an opportunity for students to govern their own affairs and conduct themselves with respect and concern for others. Each student is expected to adhere to the Honor Code as it is adopted each year by the Students’ Council.

Haverford College, while a non-sectarian institution, has Quaker origins that inform many aspects of the life of the College. They help to make Haverford the special place that it is, where its spiritual, moral and ethical dimensions deepen the excellence of its academic program.. These origins are most clearly evident in the close relationship among members of the campus community, in the emphasis on integrity, in the interaction of the individual and the community, and in the College’s concern for the uses to which its students put their expanding knowledge.