Asian Studies contributes to developing a full and accurate account of world cultures, national and ethnic identity formation, societies and religious traditions. It also examines the particular ways Asian political, historical, religious and cultural developments help to articulate their local interests and our interrelated global citizenry.
This minor is an excellent springboard from which to launch a meaningful vocation in fields where in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical and cultural contexts of Asian ideas and institutions are essential. This program will offer students analytical paradigms, interpretative tools and critical thinking skills – all while encouraging a lifelong pursuit of strategies for community empowerment, engagement and social change.
Students will integrate both social scientific and humanistic disciplines, gaining both breadth and depth as they engage in the study of particular Asian areas. The Asian Studies minor is a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary minor program led by four Asianist faculty in religious studies, history, art history and political science. The primary areas of study will be Korea, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibetan cultural area, and Bhutan. The program also boasts a broad range of additional associated faculty members in biology, communication, business management, foreign language, music and English disciplines.
Hiram students are creative, focused and passionate about their area of study. The creative writing major allows students to live out their personal passion for creativity while maintaining a rigorous course of study. In fact, students must take at least two advanced writing workshops (most programs only require one) and will often complete graduate-level work, which means they are better prepared to enter Master of Fine Arts programs and/or the workforce. Hiram is also one of the few programs in Ohio to highlight creative nonfiction while also offering advanced coursework in fiction, poetry and screenwriting.
The English major at Hiram College offers students the flexibility to tailor their education to their own personal goals. Working closely with a faculty mentor, students design a course plan, seek out internships, and develop senior capstone projects that allow them to reach their full potential. English majors also have the opportunity to become involved with the creative writing program, one of the few in Ohio to highlight creative nonfiction while also offering advanced coursework in fiction, poetry, and screenwriting.
The ethics minor engages students through the study of ethical theory and moral issues; the development of critical thinking and reflection skills; application in their major areas of study; and service. The minor is designed to enhance any student’s education by enriching awareness of ethical issues, developing abilities to reflect critically and by connecting awareness and reflection to opportunities for action.
Gender studies is a multidisciplinary minor that examines the evolving role of gender in society. It considers both the biological and cultural origins of sex and gender differences and how those differences have structured a multitude of social and political institutions. The minor that can compliment a variety of majors.
The French major is perfect for those with a love for French language and culture. It is also helpful for those who are serious about business or world affairs. In today’s increasingly competitive market, international communication is a clear necessity. French is not only the second most widely learned foreign language after English, it is also the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by more than 300 million people in over 650 countries
Philosophy is a extremely challenging major, and has rigorous standards of writing and argumentation, which can help students to develop strong critical thinking skills that can be applied to a number of different professions.
The Department of Religious Studies has a long and proud history of making the academic study of religion easily available to anyone who wishes to develop a deeper understanding of this basic part of human experience. A background in this field provides solid footing for work in various areas of philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.
As the United States continues to evolve, the study of Spanish becomes more and more important. Language study helps students to open the way to understanding and communication with various peoples, cultures, civilizations and literature. It involves performance skills in the foreign language (speaking, reading, writing and understanding) and command of the subject matter (literature, history, language).
The Spanish for Professions minor emphasizes the circumstances in which students may be expected to use the Spanish language in the workplace. Doctors and nurses, business executives, educators and a variety of other professions are increasingly expected to communicate with diverse constituents, and the Spanish for the professions minor gives Hiram Colleges students a leg up on their competition when entering the workforce.
Hiram College’s liberal arts curriculum values the importance of communicating ones thoughts and ideas through writing. The minor in writing offers non-English majors the opportunity to focus on writing in a way that can augment their Hiram experience. Students can combine the minor with a wide range of other disciplines, including philosophy, math, environmental studies, biomedical humanities, psychology, communication, history and biology.
The study of history is critical for our understanding of the human experience. Through the study of history, we develop an understanding of who we are, where we came from, how and why our society has changed over time and how humans have interacted with each other and with the natural world. Hiram’s history major prepares students for active citizenship and for informed, thoughtful decision-making throughout their lives.