Hiram College

English Major

Traditional Undergraduate

Learn the Heart of Human Culture

Reading and writing are at the heart of understanding human culture. Learn to authentically connect with others in your communities and around the world by studying American, British, and world literature, from classics to popular culture.

Who Are Hiram’s English Majors?

Students earning their English degrees at Hiram are passionate readers and writers, eager to learn from each other, their professors, and language. They use their natural curiosity to think flexibly as they analyze literature and cultures.

Hiram’s small, discussion-focused classes foster a tight-knit community of English majors, providing ample opportunity to hone interpretation and communication skills. The close relationship between Hiram’s English students and professors challenges students to relentlessly pursue creativity and their calling.

About the English Degree Program

Hiram’s flexible English major builds analytical and communication skills while focusing on students’ personal passions. The program is rooted in five focused skill areas:

  1. Analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of texts
  2. Close reading of structure, word choice, symbolism literary devices, and textual meaning
  3. Intensive research, including finding, evaluating, and incorporating high-quality sources to both support and complicate personal positions
  4. Writing short and long projects independently, from planning, to organization, to implementation
  5. Oral communication, expressing thoughts clearly and concisely through discussion

By interpreting language and cultural statistics and trends, and reviewing the history and origins of language, students in this program gain the critical thinking and communication skills that characterize the new liberal arts and lead to success beyond college.

In addition to coursework, Hiram’s major provides training opportunities often reserved for graduate-level students:

  • Training and working as writing tutors and writing assistants
  • Submitting scholarly coursework to conferences and journals
  • Working on the Hiram Poetry Review, as well as other area writing internships

Learn more about the English degree program.

What Careers Can You Pursue with an English Major?

Hiram’s graduates have found success in writing-focused career paths, from business to education. Professors encourage students to explicitly tie their upper-level coursework to their career goals, and students leave the capstone course with an extensively revised written project suitable for graduate school application or a portfolio. Popular career choices include:

  • Lawyer
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Writer
  • Librarian
  • Copyeditor
  • Professor
  • Teacher

To further focus their education, English majors can pair their degree with any Hiram minor, often choosing writing, history, communication, political science, psychology, or sociology.

Are you considering becoming a Hiram English major? Request more information so we can help you find what you need.

Mary Quade Headshot

Mary Quade, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English
English Department Chair

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