EPIC, Academics | Earlham College


The Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration

EPIC is about linking the liberal arts to the real world. Reach across disciplines to hone your skills as a communicator, researcher, planner and thinker. Study off campus. Complete an internship. Lead a club. Make a discovery. Create something amazing. Connect the dots between what you love and what you want to do with your life — all within an inclusive network of encouragement, challenge and respect.

That's the EPIC advantage.

Interdisciplinary Academic Centers

Earlham has three new Interdisciplinary Academic Centers: Global Health, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Social Justice. Through these centers, students seek solutions to the world's most challenging problems and explore careers in business, law, medicine, public policy, technology and more.

The CoLab

The “CoLab” is short for “CoLaboratory”— a new EPIC space that houses the three interdisciplinary academic Centers. The CoLab is designed to highlight collaborative inquiry on significant national and global challenges of the 21st century.

The CoLab has several collaborative research and learning spaces perfectly suited for small group learning. This space is perfect for a range of special events including workshops, roundtable discussions, and other formal and informal gatherings.

EPIC Collaborations

Earlham has a long history of encouraging collaboration between students and faculty and of helping students leverage success in the classroom with hands-on experience and research. It’s an approach that not only benefits individual students but also better prepares them to make a practical and meaningful difference in the world.

Magic Bus

"For millions of people, reliable transportation is often the first test toward accessing good, services, jobs and education," she said. "We shouldn't overlook improving transportation because it can have meaningful impact on society."

— Iman Cooper ’16, Magic Bus Team Member

Tiny House

“I have a connection to this space that I will never have with a dorm room. I know every inch of it, and we understand every aspect. Having our basic needs met in a space of only 250 feet that we built, for me is incredibly humbling.”

— Abby McCullough ’17

Bean Voyage

“While at Earlham, we had numerous opportunities to be involved in student leadership and activism, but we wanted to channel the energy towards doing something that can lead to sustainable development, while working in collaboration with local communities.”

— Sohrab Amiri ’16, co-founder Bean Voyage

Researching Blindness

“The best science is collaborative and Earlham really taught me to embrace situations where others know more than me and to use that as an opportunity to learn something in a new way."

— Will Vincent ’10

The Center for Global Education

The Center for Global Education focuses on Off-Campus Programs, International Student Services, and the Waseda International Students at Earlham. This Center will further develop international internship programs and offer more semester programs, May Terms, and other short-term off-campus learning opportunities.

The Center for Career and Community Engagement

The Center for Career and Community Engagement focuses on our core mission — fostering the integration of theory to practice, the campus to the community, and the curriculum to career.

The Environmental Leadership Program

The Environmental Leadership Program is home to many environmentally themed experiential learning opportunities designed to develop practical skills and cultivate leadership potential in students.