Hiram College

Enriched Curriculum

Hiram Eclectic Scholars Honors students gain tremendous opportunities for leadership, learning and professional development, ensuring they will graduate with much more than an asterisk on their diploma.


Honors students take a series of seminar-style courses with fellow Eclectic 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.

Exciting changes are coming to our honors program. Here’s a sneak peek at our revised enriched interdisciplinary curriculum:

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies for the Eclectic Scholar.  This course will serve as an introduction to interdisciplinary studies, and establish a foundation for new honors students. The course will review the goals and expectations of student participation in the program, engage students in multi- and interdisciplinary thinking, and understanding issues of “what is a leader?” and “what does it mean to engage in service learning and community outreach?”

Understanding Urgent Challenges.  This fall seminar course will be an in-depth exploration of literature aligned with the annual ethics theme and common reading, examined from an interdisciplinary perspective. Additionally, this course continues developing leadership skills introduced and discussed in the introductory course, including opportunities to explore mentorship and leadership positions on campus and in the community.

Addressing Urgent Challenges.  This spring seminar course will put into practice the idea of leadership through service learning and community outreach. Students will identify an “urgent challenge” in the community, and then develop and implement service learning and community outreach projects to address that urgent challenge. Students will present on their process and results in a poster session on Sugar Day at the end of the spring 12-week term.

Eclectic Scholars Honors Capstone.  This course will guide students through an honors thesis that extends their major capstone through an interdisciplinary lens. Students will present their honors capstone as a Terrier Talk on Sugar Day at the end of the spring 12-week term.

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