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Human Development & Social Relations:
Promoting Justice and Effecting Change

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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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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.

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
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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.