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An Important Second-Year Task and Other Considerations

Center for Career and Community Engagement (CCCE)

Become familiar with, and make regular use of, Earlham’s CCCE. The Center, located on the ground floor of the Landrum Bolling Center (LBC), features a common gathering space dedicated to the task of hardwiring your academic life with career development. The CCCE provides professional structures to assist you with intellectual and practical opportunities and resources for internships/externships (local, regional and international); resume writing; career advising; and preparation services for graduate and professional school, fellowships, and employment in the work-world. The CCCE also offers integrated programs in the Health Sciences, Business and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and Outdoor Education. The Bonner Scholars Program is also administered through the CCCE. Please consult Appendix A for a suggested four-year outline of career planning with the Center.

Sophomore Summit

During the first month of Spring semester each academic year, the Center for Career and Community Engagement (CCCE) hosts a one-day Sophomore Summit. Sophomore Summit is designed to assist second-year students in answering the question, “How do I cultivate a meaningful college experience while preparing for life after Earlham?” By way of self-reflection, relationship-building, and critical thinking, the Summit offers students a time to discuss and discern life vocation, graduate and professional school options, best professional practices, and adaptive leadership skills. To achieve these goals, this one-day gathering will provide unique access to professional workshops, alumni connections, as well as engagements with faculty. Overall, the Summit offers second-year students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

Designation of Distinction in Global Engagement (DDGE)

The DDGE is designed to facilitate and recognize your commitment to becoming an informed and engaged global citizen. It is available and attainable for students of all majors and minors and of all backgrounds, and it consists of curricular and co-curricular choices. If you succeed in obtaining the designation, it will be recorded on your Earlham College transcript.

The distinction is optional and it is up to you to design and to propose your plan.

Because students come to college from very different backgrounds and with various kinds of experiences, we know that the DDGE plan will be different for each student. Your plan should be developmental so that your understanding of the world and your role in it builds on previous experiences and previous years. It will be up to you to provide a rationale for how your chosen courses and activities form a coherent plan. See the “Contact Persons and Offices” listed in this guide for names of faculty members with whom you can consult about the DDGE process. See Appendix B for the DDGE Application Process and other details.

Collaborative Faculty-Student Research (College-Wide and the Natural Sciences)

Qualified students are encouraged to consider participating with faculty members on a Collaborative Faculty-Student Research Project. Collaboration is the key to much of the research and scholarly activity at Earlham and beyond. Each year, members of the Earlham teaching faculty apply for Faculty-Student Research Grants to support collaborative research teams. Please consult Earlham’s Collaborative Faculty-Student Research Program website for more information.

Please note that collaborative faculty student research takes place in a variety of forms and places throughout the College. Consult with professors, department and program conveners, and the CCCE for additional information about collaborative research.


It is important that you declare a major (and minor) with a view toward a successful two-year completion of your major (in close consultation with your academic adviser and other faculty). Note that a Major Declaration Event will be held near the conclusion of the Spring semester, but you are encouraged to think carefully about, and then choose, a major before then. Pursuit of the major should include consideration of off-campus domestic study and/or international study abroad.

Engineering majors complete three years at Earlham before moving on to complete two additional years at an accredited engineering school. At the end of the five years, the student then receives two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from Earlham and a Bachelor of Science degree from the engineering program. Contact the Physics and Astronomy Department for more information: call 765-983-1239, or visit the office at 213 Dennis Hall.

Note: If you are thinking about attending graduate or professional school (in consultation with appropriate faculty members), begin your planning and preparation for taking the following standardized tests now: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT),Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and Law School Admission Test (LSAT). See Appendix C for more information about graduate and professional school tests.

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