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Psychology students at Earlham practice real-life observation, hone counseling skills, assist with faculty research, and conduct research of their own. This approach allows students to be involved in their discipline in ways that are both relevant and demanding.

As a first- and second-year student, you will take courses featuring activities like case study projects with a children, identifying materials by odor and touch, and practicing counseling skills on other students.

Some of our course offerings are not often seen at other small liberal arts colleges, including Positive Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, Cradle to Grave, Psychology of Sustainability and Human Sexuality.

Our students get multiple opportunities to apply psychology by doing their own research, assisting faculty with ongoing research projects, or working in the community.

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All senior psychology majors conduct an independent research project of their own choosing as a graduation requirement.

Between 12 and 15 students each semester serve as research assistants for faculty studying friendship and bullying in elementary school children, the psychophysiology of stress, and attitudes toward animals.

Our alumni have continued on to graduate schools in psychology at places like Washington University in St. Louis, Bryn Mawr College and Ball State University in cognitive, developmental and clinical areas.

Recent graduates also have pursued advanced degrees in social work, education, medicine, law and business at Boston, Cornell and George Washington universities, among others.

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.