History requires active inquiry into the human past. By delving into the past, students gain a better understanding of the present, training them for citizenship and for a life of thoughtful action.
At Earlham, the study of history includes the use of museums, extensive electronic media and our Quaker archives – one of the four or five largest in the world, with more than 12,000 books and nearly as many pamphlets, some dating back to the 17th century.
Earlham's History Major prepares students for a variety of careers. The American Historical Association ranks Earlham 16th in the country for production of future Ph.D.s. Graduates find employment as educators, in archival, library or museum settings or in public history. Most, however, use history to prepare themselves for other careers. Recent graduates have made successful careers in business, law, management, medicine, politics, foreign service, publishing, political advocacy, ministry, law enforcement and public service.
Rob Strobel '95 came to Earlham after serving in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War. He worked in management for the Kessler’s Sporting Goods chain and with the consulting firm Deloitte and Touche before joining Lithko in 2003.
A self-described “history geek,” Sierra Newby-Smith always knew that history would be an important part of her education and career.
Assistant Professor of History Betsy Schlabach’s first book, Along the Streets of Bronzeville: Black Chicago’s Literary Landscape, was named to the Chicago Book Review’s Best Books of 2014 in nonfiction.