The communication department seeks to provide students with an understanding of the communication process as human symbolic activity, the necessary skills for the application of that process, as well as an awareness of its ethical dimensions.
Gail Ambuske, Department Chair and Professor
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.
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.
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.
Hiram students are focused, bold and idea-driven. They fiercely pursue their passions for study and life, and often with an entrepreneurial pursuit in mind. In that same spirit, Hiram has purposely designed the entrepreneurship minor to pair with any major offered. It’s no wonder that entrepreneurship is the most popular minor on campus!
One of Hiram's most popular majors, the accounting program prepares students to be ethically grounded, socially responsible men and women. Not only do our students learn to be great in their chosen profession, but they also contribute to the world in a meaningful way.
Hiram students are accustomed to taking charge, running projects and events, and making adjustments or changes as needed. They are quick thinkers and and want to contribute to our global society in meaningful ways through their professional and personal lives. The management major is a good match for many students, as it is designed for students who expect to hold managerial positions in large or small organizations.
Hiram's accounting majors are some of the best and the brightest. For students interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants, Hiram offers a distinctive program to ensure that state requirements for CPA certification are fulfilled.
The economics major is a sought-after area of study for students who want to develop critical thinking skills through the study of economic theory and its application to important issues such as unemployment, inflation, taxation, economic development, international trade and economic inequality. Our curriculum, embedded in the liberal arts, focuses on developing students' analytical, critical thinking and communication skills and emphasizes the integration of theory and its practical application.