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Academic Programs

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Interdisciplinary Programs

Asian American Studies  |  Asian Studies  |  Black Studies  |  Cognitive Science  |  Comparative Literature  |  Environmental Studies  |  Gender & Sexuality Studies  |  Global Studies  |  Interpretation Theory  |  Islamic Studies  |  Latin American and Latino Studies  |  Medieval Studies  |  Peace & Conflict Studies 

Planning Your Major

In the spring of their sophomore year, students meet with advisors to learn about the opportunities and expectations of each department and then write a Sophomore Plan of Study, in which they reflect on their interests and their goals for their education. Learn more


Students pursue honors in virtually all fields, including Black Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, and other interdisciplinary programs. In consultation with faculty, students tailor their honors programs to their individual needs and interests. Programs include at least two disciplines, and they often combine courses, seminars, and research. Learn more.

Design Your Own Major

Creative, independent, and interdisciplinary-focused Swarthmore students may design their own special major. In some areas, such as astrophysics, biochemistry, chemical physics, language and linguistics, and neuroscience, there are already curricula in place. Students working with their faculty mentors may also take the initiative to define their own distinct academic program. Examples of individualized programs of study include majors in ethnomusicology, health and social policy, urban studies, and technology and the human experience. Learn more.