Centers of Distinction
Hiram College’s Centers of Distinction fuel interdisciplinary study and enhance the student academic experience creating new landscapes for learning in and out of the classroom. The seven Centers include the Center for Global Interaction, the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, the Center for Literature and Medicine, the Center for Scientific Engagement, the Garfield Center for Public Leadership, the Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.
Centers of Distinction are not the same as academic departments. They connect education to work. The programming and opportunities (speaker series, learning communities, internships, service learning, scholarships) derived from each Center are open to Hiram students from any major. Each Center does, however have academic majors and minors that are closely affiliated with them if students which to connect to them more intensively as part of their plan of study.
Through Centers, students from any major can:
- develop plans for new businesses and social ventures – and start running them
- master organic chemistry or music theory while training in hospice
- travel to Washington to interact directly with key leaders developing our domestic and foreign policy
- partner with faculty and staff to establish Hiram's sustainability goals
- teach genomics to high schoolers, while taking on their own research project
- edit and publish a professional literary journal
- become a campus leader in a service partnership within our community