Academics

A student studies in the Philips Wing of Magill LIbray. A student studies in the Philips Wing of Magill LIbray.

Haverford’s small size makes possible a highly personalized, hands-on educational experience. Professors work side-by-side with students to do high-level research while also developing analytical thinking and pushing the boundaries of each discipline.

Alternative Spring Break

Students work at Canaan-Quaker Intentional Village during spring break. Photo: Jens Braun Students work at Canaan-Quaker Intentional Village during spring break. Photo: Jens Braun

Deviating from the typical let’s-soak-up-the-sun-type college spring break, many Haverford students instead lobbied Congress, built houses, went dancing, and participated in conferences as part of several alternative activities organized by students and other groups on campus.

Student Activities

For a special concert in Zubrow Commons, the Mainliners invited Bryn Mawr’s Night Owls and the Stanford Fleet Street Singers to perform alongside them. Photo: Brad Larrison For a special concert in Zubrow Commons, the Mainliners invited Bryn Mawr’s Night Owls and the Stanford Fleet Street Singers to perform alongside them. Photo: Brad Larrison

Haverford has more than 145 student groups that publish magazines, host symposia, sing a cappella, discuss religion and spirituality, stay politically active, maintain a system of student self-government, dance, demonstrate and create.

Then and Now: The Sunken Lounge Now

DC Sunken Lounge Now Pictured (from left) Jeanna Kenney '16, Shakira King '17, Damon Motz-Storey '16, and Matt da Silva '14. Photo: Brad Larrison.

Then and Now: The Sunken Lounge Now It was a long winter, and the fireplace in the DC served as a welcome respite from the cold. Students often study, eat dinner, or enjoy special events in front of its warming … Continue reading

Commencement 2015

Commencement Tickets are not required for Commencement, nor is there a limit to the number of guests graduates wish to invite. View the schedule.

Commencement 2015 Commencement will take place Sunday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Thandeka Luthuli Gcabashe, Sister Mary Scullion, and Bryan A. Stevenson.

Student Activities

Black Students League’s Fashion Show Students model local Philly artists’ fashions during Black Students League’s Fashion Show in Founders Great Hall. Photo: Brad Larrison.

Haverford has more than 145 student groups that publish magazines, host symposia, sing a cappella, discuss religion and spirituality, stay politically active, maintain a system of student self-government, dance, demonstrate and create.

Health Studies

Kaye Edwards (front) and Chris Roebuck taught the inaugural "Introduction to Health Studies" course. Photo: Brad Larrison Kaye Edwards (front) and Chris Roebuck taught the inaugural "Introduction to Health Studies" course. Photo: Brad Larrison

Students interested in health professions can now participate in the Bi-College multi-disciplinary health studies program, which gives students in any major the opportunity to minor in health studies.

Talking Race and Diversity

Participants in a minority student boycott in front of Founders in 1972 Participants in a minority student boycott in front of Founders in 1972. The protests spotlighted the need for an “institutionalization of diversity” at Haverford. Courtesy Special Collections.

The work of the Black Students League, a newly formed Task Force on Diversity and Community, and an expanded Office of Multicultural Affairs are all helping to broaden the conversation on campus and create a more inclusive environment.

Tracking the Eureka Factor

Kounios in his EEG lab Kounios in his EEG lab at Drexel University, where he studies how the brain works in moments of creative inspiration. Photo: Dan Z. Johnson

Cognitive psychologist John Kounios ’78 has turned his groundbreaking research on creative insight and the brain into a new book that explores how we come to those “aha! moments” of inspiration, and how we can have more of them. Read … Continue reading

Student Activities

The Student Events Committee hosted a spring formal dance with the theme "Mad Science". Photo: Brad Larrison The Student Events Committee hosted a spring formal dance with the theme "Mad Science". Photo: Brad Larrison

Haverford has more than 145 student groups that publish magazines, host symposia, sing a cappella, discuss religion and spirituality, stay politically active, maintain a system of student self-government, dance, demonstrate and create.

Zachary Oberfield – Office Hour

Zachary Oberfield's office features Japanese calligraphy and a Bill Bradley campaign poster. Zachary Oberfield's office features Japanese calligraphy and a Bill Bradley campaign poster.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Zachary Oberfield teaches courses on American politics, public policy, Congress, the presidency, and bureaucracy, which is the focus of his scholarly research. Read Office Hour in the Winter 2015 issue of Haverford Magazine.