Students majoring in Social Services will gain skills that can be used in multiple careers. Earlham’s Social Services program will prepare ethical, culturally sensitive individuals who can pursue a variety of careers in counseling, social work, human resources and other fields. Throughout the major, students gain a deep understanding of how people and systems affect one another. Students will gain policy skills and knowledge and graduate equipped to make meaningful change in the world no matter which career they choose.
In your first and second years, you will be introduced to the fields of social work, psychology and sociology. You will get an opportunity to conduct a case study on a child, assessing them throughout the semester. You will have a service-learning placement where you work in a facility serving adults with mental illness or cognitive disorders.
In your third and fourth years, you will learn counseling skills and will have a practicum in your senior year at a local agency. In your classes, you will learn ethically-grounded, culturally competent approaches to problem-solving.
You will have flexibility and numerous choices in fulfilling your upper-level competency courses. Students interested in health might take "Racism in Public Health." Students interested in child welfare might take "Foster Care in the U.S." We offer a wide range of courses not available at most colleges, including "Religion & Culture of Hip Hop" and "Cradle & Grave," among others.