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Learning Goals for Off-Campus Programs

The following learning goals have been established for all Earlham off-campus programs:

Intercultural Communication Skills and Cultural Competencies

  • To gain an understanding of one's own cultural constructions, learn to be flexible in making cultural shifts in a new context, and learn to adapt to new cultural frameworks.
  • To acquire language and communication skills to effectively interact within other cultures and culturally diverse groups.

Global Forces and Transnational Phenomena

  • To learn how global forces and processes have affected ideas, groups, institutions, economies, and the natural environment.
  • To analyze issues including social conflict, gender/class/ethnic/language issues, environmental challenges, and community aspirations within a local and global framework.

Personal Development and Transformation

  • To take initiative to move out of one's comfort zones, to develop cultural humility, and to understand one's identity and role in relationship to others.
  • To engage in meaningful reflection on one's own learning and with others to understand a larger context, and learn to assess one's own learning in light of multiple understandings of the world.
  • To seek to understand situations from other points of view, and build inquisitiveness, confidence, and independence in life-long learning.

Social Responsibility and Transformation

  • To develop effective skills, analytical tools, and ethical perspectives to make positive contributions for the betterment of the common good.
  • To understand oneself as an agent of change, imagine alternatives to the world we live in, and work for justice, peace, and sustainability.








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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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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.