Politics majors at Earlham are drawn to influence and change our world. Our politics program builds the foundation for these young change-agents, providing a set of core requirements and the flexibility to choose the electives that will help define their undergraduate experience – and in the end, help them find their own paths.
Students and faculty work closely together both in and out of the classroom. These collaborative learning opportunities are invaluable in helping students find and meet their potential. Each student has a dedicated adviser who is committed to providing the guidance needed to not only succeed as an undergraduate, but to prepare for life beyond Earlham.
Recent student-faculty research projects include a group of students working on a better understanding of the issues surrounding African citizenship, a group writing an extensive policy brief recommending the development of a college garden on campus, and a group thinking through Quaker and pacifist ideas about preventing atrocity crimes.
Almost half of Earlham alumni enter graduate or professional school within 10 years, and politics majors have many paths open to them. Recent graduates have pursued advanced study in politics, law and related fields at such institutions as Oxford, McGill, Georgetown, Michigan and Indiana. Our graduates seek lives of consequence, and many choose lives of public service.
Special Learning Opportunities
Many politics courses include detailed simulations that help students develop collaborative and communications skills.
Every year, Earlham students organize and run a large and successful Model UN conference for regional high school students.
The politics capstone experience calls on students to reflect on their Earlham experience and consider the connections between various aspects of the College experience, including courses, internships and off-campus studies.
Recent student-faculty research projects include a study of the issues surrounding African citizenship, creating a policy brief recommending the development of a college garden on campus, and an exploration Quaker and pacifist ideas about preventing atrocity crimes.
Earlham has an excellent track record for helping students move into dynamic jobs and internship in government offers as well as such international organizations as Amnesty International and the United Nations Development Program.
Recent graduates have pursued advanced study at such institutions as Oxford, McGill, Georgetown, Michigan and Indiana. Our graduates seek lives of consequence, and many choose lives of public service.
Earlham alumni have worked have pursued a variety of career paths including public policy, diplomacy, government, law and teaching.
Studying Democracy in West Africa
Earlham students and faculty investigated democracy and civil society firsthand during a May Term course in Benin.
Earlhamites in Politics
Politician in Training
Abhinav Khanal ’16, Economics and Politics double major, wants to become a politician in his native Nepal and change the current unstable political situation in Nepal and South Asia. LIke Khanal, Earlhamites pursue personal achievement while being socially concerned about the greater good. Thirty percent of Earlham graduates believe that most or all of their work is geared toward social change.More
Making Change in International Relations
Welling Hall, Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies and Politics, says her own academic study was strong influenced by her study of potential U.S.-Soviet collaboration during the Cold War.More