Students pursuing a minor in ethics focus on ethical theory and moral issues to develop their critical thinking and reflection skills. Most importantly, they learn to apply these skills to their major area of study and to service opportunities beyond the classroom. The ethics minor is designed to enhance each student’s education by enriching their awareness of ethical issues and by connecting their awareness to opportunities for action.
Philosophy is an engaging, challenging major that has rigorous standards of writing and argumentation. It raises the most fundamental and enduring questions about ourselves, our obligations, and our world.
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.
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.