Reading and writing are at the heart of human culture. Through the literature that we read and the literature that we create, we connect with others in our own communities and around the world.
The English curriculum offers a rare approach to the discipline, combining the study of cultural and literary traditions of the world with American and British literature. The program has a broad and innovative curriculum that includes the study of classics such as Homer and Shakespeare, as well as contemporary popular culture topics, including comics and Stephen King novels.
Hiram English majors learn how to develop a better understanding of other cultures through the examination of literature and how to interpret language and culture statistics and apply them to understanding cultural trends through a modeling methods class. They also review the history and origins of language through a linguistics class and have the opportunity to analyze a single author or literary work in-depth during the 3-Week term.
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.
Good communication is a key component to all business and personal relationships, and a communication degree helps students learn to effectively convey information, both verbally and in writing. At Hiram, students learn that clear and concise communication is essential to building and maintaining internal and external relationships, conveying ideas, building discourse between cultures and marketing goods and services to the public.
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.