Promoting justice and effecting change

Human Development and Social Relations (HDSR) helps students understand individuals in the context of the contemporary social system. Combining psychology, sociology, anthropology and philosophy, students study social problems in all their complexity, learn how to work with individuals and groups within larger organizational settings, and appreciate diverse perspectives and cultures. 

Students who choose HDSR take advantage of this major by focusing on interdisciplinary and experiential learning within the classroom and larger community, developing a service- and people-oriented perspective, as well as the ability to analyze and respond to problems creatively.

Graduates of the program enter fields such as public health, education, social advocacy, medicine, law, social work, counseling, public administration, journalism and ministry. Chosen careers include research psychologist at a substance abuse research center, marketing executive in the New York headquarters of a Japanese corporation, family practice physician, social worker in an AIDS/HIV clinic and attorney for a victims' rights group.

HDSR Earlhamites in Action

Sarah Burks
Practical Study

When Sarah Burks arrived at Earlham, she had no idea what to major in. She explored a wide variety of interests before deciding to major in Human Development and Social Relations (HDSR) and minor in Psychology.

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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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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).

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