Bryn Mawr College to Require Students to Take a Course on Power, Inequity, and Justice

Bryn Mawr College, the highly rated liberal arts college for women in Pennsylvania, has instituted a new ‘Power, Inequity, and Justice’ requirement that will be in place when the Class of 2027 arrives on campus in August 2023. The one-unit requirement for all students will be fulfilled by taking a single course that focuses on issues of power, inequity, and justice.

“Our curriculum needs to foreground more explicitly a basic ethical component of a 21st-century education: an understanding of the ways that power dynamics and hierarchies shape the production of knowledge and access to opportunity, as well as engagement with histories and futures of social transformation and justice,” wrote the members of the Curriculum Committee in their proposal to the faculty on the requirement.

Faculty members are being urged to submit syllabi and descriptions of courses that they would propose to be counted toward this new requirement.

African Americans make up 5 percent of the 1,300 undergraduate students at the college.


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