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offerings at Bryn Mawr, Haverford or Swarthmore using the Tri-College Course Guide found online at http://www.trico.haverford.edu.
Washington Semester
The Washington Semester Program offers Penn students an opportunity to learn from first-hand experience in the political and governmental process while taking courses taught by Penn faculty in the nation’s capital. Although designed primarily to fit the needs of social science majors, the program may be suitable for science and humanities majors with serious interest in public policy, politics and government. The program features 4 c.u. of study (including a research project) and a work assignment (internship) in an organization or agency related to the student’s career and research interests.
Programs of Study:
Majors and Minors
African Studies
The African Studies Center is devoted to the study of Africa, both past and present, from a growing variety of perspectives and disciplines. Students may pursue Africanist training through history, language, politics, religion and other liberal arts and social science courses. Geographically, these courses span the continent and extend beyond it into the African diaspora. Theoretically and methodologically, they involve comparative, interdisciplinary study of African peoples and institutions.
Students may take courses under the aegis of the Departments of Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, English, French, History, History and Sociology of Science, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. African language courses, including Zulu, Amharic, Yoruba, Swahili, Igbo, Wolof and Twi, are taught through the Penn Language Center.
Africana Studies
Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study devoted to the critical and systematic examination of the cultural, political, social and historical experiences of peoples of the African diaspora. The major is designed to provide students with an integrated understanding and appreciation for the African, African-American, Caribbean and other African diaspora experiences in their diverse dimensions. The major consists of courses offered in various departments and programs including Anthropology, English, Folklore, History, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Sociology, Urban Studies and Women’s Studies. In addition, select courses in the Schools of Education and Nursing, and in the Annenberg and Wharton Schools may
also be applied toward the major or minor. Students who wish to major or minor in Africana Studies should meet with the director or an affiliated faculty member to design a program of study.
The Center for Africana Studies oversees the Africana Studies major, which has played a critically important role in the University’s academic mission for over 30 years. Both the Program and the Center place primary emphasis on the ways that the experiences and traditions of the African diaspora have functioned on a global scale.
Anthropology
Anthropology is the study of human diversity, past and present. The Department of Anthropology integrates cultural anthropology (living peoples), archaeology (prehistoric and historical peoples), biological/physical anthropology (the interaction between culture and human biological variation) and linguistic anthropology (language variation and its relation to culture). Anthropology majors experience the full breadth of the discipline while choosing a course of study best suited to their own needs. The program includes small seminars, writing courses, community service, and laboratory, museum and field research.
Architecture
The mission of the undergraduate program in architecture is to develop basic skills and knowledge in the discipline of architecture within the context of an arts and sciences education. The program provides for the study of architecture on three levels of engagement: a minor, a major and an intensive major qualifying an undergraduate student for advanced standing in the Master of Architecture professional degree program.
The major in architecture offers two tracks or concentrations. The design concentration includes a three-year sequence of design studios combined with courses in art history and architectural theory. The history, theory and criticism concentration includes a two-year sequence of design studios and courses in art history combined with additional coursework in art history, architectural theory and related subjects.
Asian American Studies (minor only)
Asian American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers a minor and a broad range of courses and activities. It explores the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian immigrants and of persons of Asian ancestry in North America and the relevance of those experiences for understanding race and ethnicity in national and global contexts.