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History requires active inquiry into the human past. By delving into the past, Earlham students gain a better understanding of the present, training them for citizenship and for a life of thoughtful action.

Our students are passionate about history! Students on the editorial board of the Earlham Historical Journal select examples of outstanding student research for publication in this student-run academic journal.

The Department offers month-long experiences that first-year students participate in, including one that takes students to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to conduct original primary source research.

Reflecting the vitality and variety of courses at Earlham's History Department, "Anti-Slavery Movement in Indiana," "Contemporary China and the World," "History of Modern Turkey and Iran," and "The History of Popular Culture" have been recently added to the curriculum.

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Three of our History majors recently received Fulbright Grants to spend a year abroad teaching English and conducting research in Thailand, Austria and France.

Earlham's History Major prepares students for a variety of careers. The American Historical Association ranks Earlham 16th in the country for production of future Ph.D.s.

Our majors pursue graduate school for degrees in fields as diverse as History, Museum Studies, teaching, law and public health.

Recent graduates have made successful careers as educators, in archival, library or museum settings or in public history. Many use history to prepare themselves for careers in business, law, management, medicine, politics, foreign service, publishing, political advocacy, ministry, law enforcement and public service.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.