History requires active inquiry into the human past. By delving into the past, students gain a better understanding of the present, training them for citizenship and for a life of thoughtful action.
At Earlham, the study of history includes the use of museums, extensive electronic media and our Quaker archives – one of the four or five largest in the world, with more than 12,000 books and nearly as many pamphlets, some dating back to the 17th century.
Earlham's History Major prepares students for a variety of careers. The American Historical Association ranks Earlham 16th in the country for production of future Ph.D.s. Graduates find employment as educators, in archival, library or museum settings or in public history. Most, however, use history to prepare themselves for other careers. Recent graduates have made successful careers in business, law, management, medicine, politics, foreign service, publishing, political advocacy, ministry, law enforcement and public service.
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