Inside Academics at Haverford
Majors, Minors, and Concentrations
Haverford's intentionally diverse curricular requirements ensure that our students are well-rounded, expansive thinkers. Students take courses in each of three major academic divisions for a variety of ideas, concepts, and intellectual approaches.
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Meet Our Faculty
Our faculty are some of the best and brightest in their fields. Get to know them through our Office Hour series where faculty members give us a tour of their offices, or through some recent faculty news coverage.
Ahead of its series finale, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Qrescent Mali Mason discusses how NBC comedy The Good Place offers lessons in ethics along with the laughs.
The professor of biology gives us a tour of his office.
The professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy will help shape the next decade of astrophysics research in the United States as a member of the Panel on Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation.
The professor of religion gives us a tour of his office.
The associate professor of chemistry is the sixth recent member of her department to receive the award, which recognizes young faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions who are both accomplished researchers and outstanding educators.
The assistant professor of classics gives us a tour of his office.
The associate professor of political science gives us a tour of her office.
The associate professor of French and comparative literature gives us a tour of his office.
The movement, which endorses accessibility, inclusion, and a healthy dose of skepticism, is being taught in a course by Psychology Professor Benjamin Le that is one of the nation's only undergraduate courses of its kind.
The senior lecturer of mathematics and statistics gives us a tour of his office.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler discusses how she and her collaborators will use a recent award from Mozilla to expand pedagogical efforts to emphasize the importance of ethics in computer science.
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classes offered by the schools in the Tri-College Consortium
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Our unique four-college exchange program with Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania allows us to retain the strengths of the small college experience, while offering the expanded resources and opportunities usually found at a larger university. Haverford students can take a staggering array of classes at any of these Quaker Consortium schools.
Thanks to collaboration between the students, faculty, and staff within the Tri-College Consortium (Tri-Co), the depth and breadth of your Haverford education are second to none.
The Tri-Co Philly Program is a semester-long, non-residential program that provides students both curricular and co-curricular activities in Philadelphia. Photo: Justin Brendel '18.
Degree Partnership Programs
Haverford College has forged innovative partnerships with some of the world's top academic institutions to offer students additional opportunities for graduate study. These accelerated-degree partnership programs mean you can get a head start on your master’s degree!
Perelman Quad, University of Pennsylvania. Degree Partnerships
Every student completes a senior thesis here. As the culmination of your academic experience, this is your opportunity to do original independent research in partnership with faculty members, at levels usually reserved for graduate students.
The political science major studied the prosecutorial reform movement as a way of exploring the various reasons why politicians and political candidates take up reform-minded stances that deviate from their party’s standard stances.
For her thesis, the psychology major explored the effects of a particular hormone on pregnancy by studying mice.
The chemistry major’s thesis involved innovative research that was published in a high-impact science journal.
The biology major’s thesis examined a non-toxic method of controlling the population of the <em>Drosophila suzukii</em>, which pose a threat to the agricultural industry by attacking fruit at a much earlier stage than their standard fruit fly counterparts.
For her thesis, the English major examined the politics of race and trauma in Octavia Butler’s science-fiction novel Kindred.
For her thesis, the English major wrote two linked short stories, centered on themes of mental illness and coping.
"People often assume that research is this solitary practice, but I work with four or five students each year, and we’re really actively collaborating every day."
Haverford’s three Academic Centers provide opportunities for students and faculty to enrich their scholarship beyond the classroom. In addition to hosting influential speakers, events, and symposia, the Centers are your primary funding source for internships and externships.
During Plenary, which happens twice every school year, you’ll gather with peers to raise, discuss, and debate campus issues.
The Honor Code
Of the many facets that distinguish Haverford, the Honor Code truly sets the college apart. Throughout your time on campus, the common bond created by the Honor Code will enable you to guide your academic affairs, debate the status quo, and support your peers as you all transform as learners and human beings.
Our libraries are sanctuaries for studying and buzzing hives of research.
With exceptional collections, rare titles, and art and artifacts, along with the latest research tools, our library system exists and evolves to develop your academic excellence and personal growth through a liberal arts education.
We’ll help you connect your talents and skills with people who need them most.
Haverford’s employer networks, postgraduate connections, easy-to-access resources, and hands-on guidance help our students and alumni discover and make their next moves.
Haverford students experience their education across the globe.
Studying abroad expands your world by instilling in you an immeasurable sense of confidence.
Influencing the world begins with a world of support.
At the Office of of Academic Resources (OAR), dedicated strategy coaches and mentors are available to assist you and all Fords in maximizing your time here.