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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.

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).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


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.