The political science department at Hiram College is divided into four sub-fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics and Political Philosophy. Political science students can benefit from both the Garfield Center for Public Leadership, which helps students develop expertise in foreign and domestic public policy in preparation for leadership positions with corporate, government and non-profit organizations, and also the Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency.
The department strongly encourages students to participate in off-campus internships, commonly at government offices, non-profit organizations, research institutions and law firms. Every year a number of students serve as interns on Capitol Hill, in the offices of Senators and Congressional Representatives. After graduating, alumni of the department have pursued careers in the private sector, as well as in the fields of government, law and education.
The field of law is important and exciting. And while Hiram College does not offer an actual pre-law degree, it does provide students with the guidance and coursework necessary to help them gain acceptance to law school after graduating from Hiram. Students choose a variety of majors, such as political science, history and business, to support their path to law school.
Sociology majors study people and the roles they play in society. Later, as sociologists, they will face the challenging task of analyzing and interpreting the social world while living in the midst of it. Hiram's academic program is designed to provide sociology students with the research tools and techniques essential for performing comprehensive and accurate inquiries into human events within a social context.
The minor in public leadership combines interdisciplinary teaching and experience to prepare students for careers of service in multiple publics. The minor in public leadership is a curricular element of the The Garfield Institute of Public Leadership whose mission is to prepare students for leadership in matters of public policy, foreign and domestic.