Recent new structures at the College emphasize inter-disciplinary collaboration and research. These include the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy, the Center for International Studies, and the Center for Science and Technology. The School has its own developing Center for Child and Family Wellbeing.
The Bryn Mawr College Center for International Studies brings together scholars from various fields to define global issues and confront them in their appropriate social, scientific, cultural and linguistic contexts. The center supports collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and prepares students for life and work in the highly interdependent world and global economy of the 21st century.
The Bryn Mawr College Center for Science in Society was founded to facilitate the broad conversations, involving scientists and non-scientists as well as academics and non-academics, which are essential to continuing explorations of the natural world and humanity's place in it. Through research programs, fellowships, and public discussions, the Center supports innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to education in the sciences, novel intellectual and practical collaborations, and continuing inquiry into the interdependent relationships among science, technology, and other aspects of human culture.
The Bryn Mawr College Center for Visual Culture is dedicated to the study of visual forms and experience of all kinds, from ancient artifacts to contemporary films and computer-generated images. It serves as a forum for explorations of the visual aspect of the natural world as well as the diverse objects and processes of visual invention and interpretation around the world.
In 2002, The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research launched the Child and Family Well-Being. It has been built around the mission to foster an interdisciplinary focus on a broad range of issues and challenges faced by today's children and families. Through educational and training opportunities the Center fosters collaboration amongst the students, faculty and professionals who work to support the well-being of children and families in a variety of contexts. The Center seeks to utilize a bio-psychosocial perspective to further the understanding of the diversity of family life in multiple social contexts
Students enrolled in the doctoral program may actively participate in the life of the College by serving on committees of the School and the College. There are a wide range of committees on which students may serve as doctoral student representatives.
In addition, the School's Doctoral Student Association holds monthly meetings for all doctoral students. Meetings provide an opportunity for students to gather and discuss matters of concern and to transmit these to the faculty.