Centers of Distinction

Why Hiram?

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Study


Hiram's M.A. program is designed for intellectually curious students who want to engage with challenging multi-disciplinary material.


Master's classes at Hiram are offered on alternating Saturdays so students can balance professional and personal responsibilities.


Classrooms at Hiram are dynamic learning environments where small groups of students engage actively with their professors and peers.


Hiram's per-credit-hour cost is below that of most graduate programs in Northeast Ohio with a flat semester fee that covers advising, registration and access to all campus amenities.

Courses for Professional Educators

GEDU Courses:

The Office of Professional and Graduate Studies offers graduate level courses for Professional Educators during the summer (GEDU courses.) These classes help teachers in the K-12 arena complete their continuing education requirements.  Most classes will meet on Hiram College's beautiful campus where small class sizes enhance the learning experience.

Reading Endorsement Program Courses:

The Reading Endorsement program at Hiram College prepares teachers who meet program entry requirements to enroll in coursework to add the Ohio K-12 Reading Endorsement. This graduate level endorsement consists of six, three-semester hour courses offered in eight-week sessions in a blended format (a combination of on-campus and online coursework).

Each of the first five classes will meet on campus for 24 hours over the course of eight weeks and in an asynchronous online environment for the equivalent of 84 hours. There are required field hours in three of these five courses totaling 50 hours in assigned grade bands. The final course is a practicum and will entail intensive intervention with students, either on campus or in home schools. Practicum hours must total 50 hours in assigned grade bands.

Teachers enrolled in the Reading Endorsement program must take and pass the approved Ohio Licensure test in order to add the Endorsement to their licenses. This test requires an additional fee, as does the addition of the Endorsement to the teaching license.

Comments from professional educators taking our classes:

Sign Language for Teachers:

"Very useful for all grade levels and subject levels – can be adapted for use in any classroom."

Biological Diversity and Ecological Sampling:

"Learned very usable teaching techniques which I will use and share with colleagues."

It's Alive – Science in the Schoolyard:

"I have learned a lot that I can and will do with the classroom outdoors – numerous activities, being outdoors in all seasons, using investigative activities, looking at the standards with a different perspective."

Multisensory Structured Language:  The Orton-Gillingham Approach:

"I can immediately see uses for this in my classroom to help my seventh grade struggling readers who would otherwise fall through the cracks. I can see how I could very easily help them fill in the gaps."


The Center for Engaged Ethics hosts an annual Campus Day, where students get a day off from classes to perform community service.
In March 2012, the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship hosted the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium's idealabs 2012 competition. Several area colleges attended.
The Center for Literature and Medicine began a Disease by Performance course for the 2011-2012 academic year, where students wrote a play about autism, and performed it across the state to raise awareness.
The Center for Scientific Engagement regularly conducts research and programming at the James H. Barrow Field Station.
The Garfield Institute for Public Leadership launched a study to gauge the mood of young voters leading up to the 2012 presidential election. Scholar-in-residence Jason Johnson has provided commentary on the study on national media.
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature hosts a Visiting Authors Series each year. In 2012, Thrity Umrigar, author of "The Space Between Us" gave a convocation and book signing on campus.
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