Almost all the disciplines we teach have ethical components. Some of them are built into the professions represented (Psychology); some of them are reflective of the trends in contemporary America (Medical Ethics); some of them are the result of long-term reflection on the institutions that direct our culture (economic or political, for example); some reflect on culture and character (art, literature). The Ethics minor enriches your major by helping you to develop the tools to identify and analyze constructively the ethical themes and teaches you how to think about ethics.
While the major defines the subject, the Ethics minor helps ask the next question: “Given the parameters of this discipline, how should I live? How should I act in my world?”
Turn an internship or community service semester into a reflection on ethics by being intentional about critically observing while serving.
Your capstone ethics experience can be built into a semester abroad, a study-abroad class or an off-campus internship connected to your major or career interest.
How will you become part of the constructive process of change in our society through the work that you choose to do? The minor is designed to help you, as Barry Lopez tells us, decide who you are and what there is in life for you to do.
While Ethics has been around for thousands of years, it is more essential than ever in an age of light-speed technological change, commercialism and global challenges.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.