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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.