The ethics minor engages students through the study of ethical theory and moral issues; the development of critical thinking and reflection skills; application in their major areas of study; and service. The minor is designed to enhance any student’s education by enriching awareness of ethical issues, developing abilities to reflect critically and by connecting awareness and reflection to opportunities for action.
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.
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.