Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:
- (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
- (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
- (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
- (D-I) = Diversity - International
- (D-L) = Diversity - Language
- (ES) = Earlham Seminar
- (IE) = Immersive Experience
- (RCH) = Research
- (W) = Wellness
- (WI) = Writing Intensive
- (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year
HDSR 239 PERSONS AND SYSTEMS (4 credits)
Designed for first-year students but open to those considering a major in HDSR. Examines individuals in relationship to society and how different disciplines analyze this relationship and propose solutions to the problems they identify. Students complete an experiential learning group project that involves interviewing staff and consumers of local agencies and businesses.
*HDSR 349 THEORY, ETHICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (4 credits)
This course introduces HDSR students to the theoretical and ethical perspectives and tools that they will need to conduct and analyze their field study experience, as well as to prepare for careers in the human services and beyond. Students will build an intellectual foundation in classical and contemporary social theory and will explore various ethical approaches to determining what is fair and just in our global society. Prerequisite: HDSR 239. (D-D, W)
HDSR 359 SELF, SOCIETY AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (4 credits)
Open to majors and prospective majors only. Explores various theoretical perspectives concerning the nature of individuals, and social and cultural systems. A primary goal is to clarify, evaluate and improve the theoretical frameworks that students use when they attempt to understand social reality. Incorporates instruction on methods needed to complete the field study requirement for the HDSR major.
HDSR 363 FIELD STUDY (0–3 credits)
Provides a first-hand opportunity to integrate theory gained in the classroom with insights into and experience in the workings of an organization. Helps students become more conscious of the relationship of social roles, institutional dynamics and professional development. Students complete 200 hours of work at a site of their choosing, in consultation with the HDSR Program Coordinator. Prerequisites: HDSR 239 and 359.
*HDSR 364 FIELD STUDY SEMINAR (3 credits)
Designed to help students integrate the practical experience of the field study with theoretical models, particularly those studied in the HDSR core courses. Through class discussion and individual presentations, students share thoughts, ideas, research and experiences. Provides a supportive framework for writing the field study paper. Prerequisite: HDSR 363. (IE)
*HDSR 479 ETHICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (3 credits)
This advanced interdisciplinary core course introduces the political-philosophical paradigm called “liberalism” that emerged out the European Enlightenment, and which underlies the constitutional democracies of the modern West, including the United States. Next, the rapid ascendancy in recent decades of a particular brand of liberalism – often dubbed “neoliberalism”— and its implications are explored. And finally, the basic assumptions about the roles of individuals, governmental entities, and the “market” (i.e., capitalist economy) that are inherent in both liberalism and neoliberalism are subjected to deep critiques from perspectives such as Marxism, feminism and critical race theory. This course is intended to help students prepare for the HDSR Problem Analysis Presentation, as well as for civic and professional life after college as contributing members of democratic and global societies. Prerequisites: HDSR 239 and 359. (D-D, W)
HDSR 482 SPECIAL TOPICS (3 credits)
Selected topics determined by the instructor for upper-level study.
HDSR 483 TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)
HDSR 484 FORD/KNIGHT RESEARCH PROJECT (1-4 credits)
Collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program.
HDSR 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor.
HDSR 488-1 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 credits)
This class provides a context for completing the HDSR Senior Thesis. In addition, it serves as a “bridge experience” to the post-college world of graduate school and career.
HDSR 488-2 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 credits)
The core focus of this course is to help HDSR students meet their second Capstone Requirement, the Reflective Essay. In general, this course and essay will help students reflect on what they have learned through the program and help them be thoughtful and intentional about what they want to do in the future, personally and professionally. Prerequisites: HDSR 488-1.