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Human Development & Social Relations:
Promoting Justice and Effecting Change

Overview   |   Meet an Earlhamite   |   Our Faculty   |   Plan of Study   |   Courses  

 

Human Development and Social Relations (HDSR) at Earlham helps our students understand individuals in the context of contemporary social systems.

As a students in HDSR, you will learn to study social issues and problems from a wide variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology and anthropology.

By focusing on interdisciplinary and experiential learning within the classroom and larger community, our students develop a service- and people-oriented perspective, as well as the ability to analyze and respond to problems creatively.

A coherent, integrated core of six common courses allows HDSR majors to form strong bonds with each other and with program faculty as well as building a strong sense of community that promotes mutual learning.

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Highlights

HDSR Field Studies provide our majors with hands-on experience working with social issues in real life settings like a school for immigrant children, a theater group in London, an inner-city recreation center, a middle school in Japan, and a family counseling center in Northern Ireland.

HDSR students have the opportunity to present their work at Earlham's Annual Research Conference and other public forums.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of fields, including education, social work, business, law, counseling, health care and public administration.

Meet An Earlhamite
Benjamin Parks
Workforce Mediator

Benjamin Parks '14 wants to help workers and the companies they work for avoid conflict.

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Chance Milligan
Global Learning

Chancellor Milligan '13 uses his study of Human Development and Social Relations to think critically about global issues.

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Anna Einstein
Interview with Anna Einstein

While attending Earlham as an undergraduate, I watched the M.A.T. program get off the ground. Since I wanted to become a public school teacher, enrolling in the program was a natural segue after finishing my bachelor’s degree.

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Our Faculty

Nelson Bingham
Professor of Psychology

Isaac Hunter
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Daniel Rosenberg
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Kelly Szott
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Cheri Gaddis
Administrative Assistant
Plan of Study

The Major

Students majoring in HDSR complete the following:

Six Core Courses

  • HDSR 239 Persons & Systems
  • SOAN 345 Social Research Methods
  • HDSR 349 Theory, Ethics and Social Justice
  • HDSR 363 Field Study
  • HDSR 488 Senior Capstone
  • HDSR 489 Senior Seminar

Two Disciplinary Courses

  • In Psychology:
    PSYC 115 Introduction to Psychological Perspectives
    OR
    PSYC 116 Behavior, Health Care and Society
  • In Sociology/Anthropology:
    SOAN 115 Anthropology in a Global Context
    OR
    SOAN 118 Inequalities, Power and Society

Student Choose Three Courses from One Focus Area

Focus I: Diversity & Social Justice Focus

  • AAAS/HIST 324 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • AAAS/REL 330 Criminal Justice and Moral Vision
  • AAAS/HIST 356 The Civil Rights Movement
  • ECON 345 Urban Political Economy
  • AAAS/HIST 369 African American History Since Emancipation
  • PAGS/MGMT 343 Conflict Resolution
  • PSYC 356 Psychology of Prejudice
  • PSYC 362 Cross Cultural Psych
  • SOAN 215 Identity and Social Movements
  • SOAN 327 Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Justice
  • WGSS 305 Radical Que(e)ries

Focus II: Health and Wellness Focus

  • PSYC 363 Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSYC 368 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 374 Counseling Psych
  • PSYC 376 Health Psych
  • PSYC 378 Psychoactive Drugs and Bel1avior
  • PSYC 379 Community Psychology
  • SOAN 333 Medical Anthropology and Global Health
  • SOAN 335 Health, Medicine and Society
  • SOAN 339 Drugs and Health
  • Students with this focus are strongly encouraged to take at least one Biology course.

Focus III: Social Institutions Focus

  • AAAS/REL 330 Criminal Justice and Moral Vision
  • CIL 248 Theory and Practice of Education
  • MGMT 203 Human Behavior in Organizations
  • POLS 342 Congress and Public Policy
  • POLS 343 Legislative Toolkit
  • POLS 366 American Political Thought
  • PSYC 230 Human Development
  • PSYC 366 Cradle and Grave
  • PSYC 373 Moral Education
  • SOAN 310 Surveillance and Society
  • SOAN 335 Health, Medicine and Society
Courses

* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

HDSR 239 PERSONS AND SYSTEMS (4 credits)
Designed for first-year students but open to those considering a major in HDSR. Examines individuals in relationship to society and how different disciplines analyze this relationship and propose solutions to the problems they identify. Students complete an experiential learning group project that involves interviewing staff and consumers of local agencies and businesses.

*HDSR 349 THEORY, ETHICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (4 credits)
This course introduces HDSR students to the theoretical and ethical perspectives and tools that they will need to conduct and analyze their field study experience, as well as to prepare for careers in the human services and beyond. Students will build an intellectual foundation in classical and contemporary social theory and will explore various ethical approaches to determining what is fair and just in our global society. Prerequisite: HDSR 239. (D-D, W)

HDSR 363 FIELD STUDY (0–3 credits)
Provides a first-hand opportunity to integrate theory gained in the classroom with insights into and experience in the workings of an organization. Helps students become more conscious of the relationship of social roles, institutional dynamics and professional development. Students complete 200 hours of work at a site of their choosing, in consultation with the HDSR Program Coordinator. Prerequisites: HDSR 239 and 359. (RCH)

HDSR 482 SPECIAL TOPICS (3 credits)
Selected topics determined by the instructor for upper-level study.

HDSR 483 TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)

HDSR 484 FORD/KNIGHT RESEARCH PROJECT (1-4 credits)
Collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program.

HDSR 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor.

HDSR 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 credits)
This class provides a context for completing the HDSR Senior Thesis. In addition, it serves as a “bridge experience” to the post-college world of graduate school and career.

HDSR 489 SENIOR SEMINAR (1 credit)
The core focus of this course is to help HDSR students meet their second Capstone Requirement, the Reflective Essay. In general, this course and essay will help students reflect on what they have learned through the program and help them be thoughtful and intentional about what they want to do in the future, personally and professionally. Prerequisites: HDSR 488.