The Center for Integrated Learning is the hub for experiential education at Earlham. With a focus on putting the liberal arts into action, the Center helps students, faculty and alumni integrate academic interests with real-world application and experiences. We believe that the combination of exceptionally strong academics and close collaboration with teaching faculty integrated with applied, experiential work in the world is an intellectually challenging, powerful and engaging way to both teach and learn.
A central goal of the Center is the cultivation and development of what we call "the 10-Year Mindset" at Earlham. Your education is much more than the four years of coursework in your chosen major. It did not begin at Earlham nor will it end upon graduation. The 10-Year Mindset is our guiding principle that helps you build a comprehensive and long-term plan of action and make the most out of the transformative educational opportunities at Earlham and plan for what comes next.
We are located on the first floor of the Landrum Bolling Center. Please come see us!
Key Features of the Center:
- Immersion Experiences. A new initiative that begins in the Fall 0f 2014, Earlham's Immersion Experience program gives students the opportunity to engage in an experiential pursuit that develops specific skills, deepens knowledge and helps clarify possible career interests and aspirations. Internships, collaborative student-faculty research, service learning and applied work opportunities help link theory to practice and integrate academic interests with experiential application.
- Career Discernment and Advising. At Earlham, we believe a career is not a job; it's a journey. Integrated into a student's four-years at Earlham and beyond, the Center facilitates workshops and advising as well as provides e-resources to help identify and recognize gifts, interests and aptitudes. The 10-Year Mindset extends beyond graduation to help students strategize options for the "bridging experiences" that lead past that first job after college to long term career strategies and discernment. Through advising and alumni mentoring as well as exploration of fellowships, internships and graduate school, we will help you build a bridge to the kind of work you always dreamed of being able to do.
- Courses and Workshops. Through for-credit courses as well as professional and personal development workshops, the Center helps you make the connections between academic interests and the practical skills necessary to develop your passions and life direction as well as grow and develop as a leader and change agent.
- Community-Based Learning. Working with the Center, students have numerous options and opportunities for meaningful service work and applied research in Richmond and beyond. Through place-based learning and research with faculty, service learning in local agencies and volunteer opportunities, you can gain specific skills in leadership, entrepreneurship and social change work such that you not only care about making a difference in the world, you know how to go about doing it.
- Learning In Action. Whether through working on sustainability initiatives on-campus, partnering with a faculty member on an applied research project or developing your leadership skills on an outdoor education course, the Center facilitates experiential learning that integrates knowledge with application and reflection.