Hiram College

Examining our world

Natural historians examine the world to determine the relationships between organisms, how they developed and evolved, and how they interact with their environment. A minor in natural history provides students with a concentration of knowledge and skills through experiential, field-based coursework, internship opportunities and a capstone experience. The study of natural history is the foundation of the biological sciences and is fundamental to place-based studies, nature interpretation and environmental education.

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Sarah Mabey, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Natural History Minor Coordinator

Through this minor, students develop skills and knowledge that can be applied to a diversity of professions. Students in the minor are expected to develop inquiry skills — such as observation, problem formulation, data collection and critical analysis — and the ability to apply field skills and integrated theory of organismal biology and ecological systems to the assessment of real-world problems.

Please contact Sarah Mabey, Ph.D. (program coordinator) at mabeyse@hiram.edu or 330.569.5847 with any questions.

Advisory Committee

  • Jugdep S. Chima, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Lisa Bixenstine Safford, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Chair of Art Department
  • Merose Hwang, Ph.D., Acting Coordinator of Asian Studies Minor, Assistant Professor of History
  • Kerry Martin Skora, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Director of Hiram-Bhutan Exchange Program