Dear Member of Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2016,
As the Director of the Emily Balch Seminar Program, I am delighted that you’ll be joining the Bryn Mawr community. As you probably know, every Bryn Mawr student takes a Balch Seminar (nicknamed “ESem”) in the fall semester of her freshman year. Below you’ll find general information about this fall’s seminars and directions for indicating your preferences.
Taught by Bryn Mawr faculty from several departments, the Emily Balch Seminars focus on significant questions of interest to students, teachers, scholars, and professionals in many disciplines. In your seminar, you’ll engage in probing reading of challenging texts; you’ll hone your critical writing ability; and you’ll participate in lively text-centered discussions of ideas. Because the seminars are small, you’ll get to know your professor and the students who share your interest in the seminar topic. You’ll also meet with your prof in conference every two weeks to discuss your ideas and your writing – a feature we think is one of the best parts of the course. We who teach these courses are excited about our fall ‘12 offerings, and we look forward to exploring and talking with you about the books, plays, films, art, music and science on our syllabi.
This year, we’re offering thirty sections of the Emily Balch Seminars on twenty-five different topics. Click on “Course Listings” at the left to read the descriptions. You can indicate your seminar preferences online anytime between June 12 and August 10. To do so, click on the following link: Student Registration Page (link becomes active on June 12 and inactive on August 7 ). On that page, enter your name, email address, and seven-digit ID number (leaving blank the box marked “College Code”). Then, click on the section number and the title of three seminars that you would like to take. You can find your seven-digit ID number on the top of your Virtual Bryn Mawr page.
NOTE: Your choices can’t be ranked. We want you to choose three seminars, any of which you would be happy to take. This will help maximize the possibility of your being placed in a class that interests you. It usually isn’t hard to find three intriguing seminars. In fact, students in the past have told us it’s difficult to limit the choices to three! Enrollment in seminars is strictly limited to fourteen students, so choose carefully. Once we’ve gathered everyone’s choices, we’ll try to place you in one of the three seminars you’ve selected. You’ll find out your seminar assignment when you arrive at Bryn Mawr in August.
Here are some tips for choosing your seminars:
I look forward to seeing you in September!
Gail Hemmeter, English Department and Writing Program
Director, The Emily Balch Seminars