Choosing a Major
Haverford College is based on traditional liberal arts principles, and we hope that you take advantage of all the campus has to offer. With that in mind, it is possible to major in any academic discipline and still complete the required for health professions schools.
Medical schools do not have a preference for any major. While Chemistry and Biology are the most common majors for pre-health students, you should focus in whatever area you find exciting and appealing.
While choosing your major, consider the following:
- Map out an academic plan that includes pre-health coursework and your academic major classes.
- Pre-health prerequisites may not be taken abroad. Research study abroad and speak with your potential department about whether or not they will permit any major coursework in programs you are considering.
- Consider cross-disciplinary minors and concentrations that can enhance your portfolio.
- Double majors are not that common with pre-health, and medical schools would prefer to see a mastery of the pre-health sciences.
4+1 Bioethics Program
Haverford students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Haverford and a Master’s in Bioethics (M.B.E) from Penn’s Bioethics Program in the Perelman School of Medicine in five years.
This 4+1 partnership enables qualified Haverford undergraduates to gain early and expedited admission into a Master’s degree offered by the Penn Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.
Students may apply to the M.B.E program as an external “sub-matriculate” no later than the end of the summer after the sixth semester at Haverford and no earlier than the end of the fourth semester.
Undergraduates interested in applying for this program should contact the Health Studies director, visit the partnership page for qualifications, and the Penn Medical Ethics and Health Policy page for more information.
Health Studies Minor
The Bi-College Health Studies Multidisciplinary Minor, a collaboration between Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, brings together students and faculty to explore the intertwined areas of health, disease, and social justice. The courses offer unparalleled training for students interested in confronting complex real-world health problems.
Taking advantage of the courses offered through the Health Studies Minor is a great way to demonstrate your involvement in and understanding of the health field.