Each semester, Honors students take a one credit hour seminar-style course with fellow scholars. The courses are based around self-exploration, problem solving and discussions and projects that span disciplines.
By spending time inside and outside of class tackling complex issues, Honors students form a strong cohort and gain an understanding about how their skills and talents within their individual disciplines can cross boundaries.
Honors students spend their first year becoming connected with one another and the Hiram community. The Honors seminar focuses on examination of and interaction with visiting speakers and other campus events. Honors students will also take part in the planning of these events, as they interact directly with faculty, artists and scholars.
Students read and discuss issues related to a book with an interdisciplinary theme. Each year the group reads and examines a new book such as “The Happiness Hypothesis,” which explores the theme of happiness. During the first semester, students use the theme to explore their own personal values; during the second semester, they explore internships, enrichment and research opportunities that might allow them to put their personal ideas, values and talents to work.
Students spend the year working in small groups on projects related to the annual ethics theme and common reading. The theme varies each year, but groups will work together to create an actionable project which they will then execute in the Spring. Their projects might address areas such as: the language barrier between health care providers and immigrants, passivity toward environmental issues and activism, society ostracized individuals that do not fall within traditional gender borders and what socioeconomic borders prevent people from breaking out of poverty in Ohio. During the second semester, junior Honors students spend time working on a poster presentation about their group project, which will be presented at an end-of-the-year on-campus conference about the ethics theme.
Honors students enhance their capstone project, required of all Hiram students, through their senior Honors experience. Students will spend class time discussing and working through issues related to their capstone topic with fellow Honors scholars. In addition to their departmental capstone presentation, Honors seniors will present their capstone in the form of a “TED-style Talk” at an end-of-the-year on-campus conference.