Learning Spanish is important to those conducting business in the United States and abroad. Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States, with the majority being Spanish speakers. By learning Spanish, you’ll be better able to communicate in both business and in everyday life. Latin American countries are our most important trading partners and since Spanish is the most prevalent language in our society after English, you will have many opportunities to speak it, hear it and read it in your own backyard.
Hiram College believes that immersion is an important part of learning the language. The College invites international students from Spanish-speaking universities to serve as on campus teaching assistants, providing students with opportunities to practice speaking their language of study in real-life, informal situations.
All students majoring in a foreign language are required to study abroad for at least one academic term. Hiram faculty lead trips to Spain regularly, which provide students with opportunities to fully immerse themselves in the language and culture, while living with host families. Students can also take shorter study-abroad trips to Spain and the Dominican Republic during the 3-Week term.
Students can also join the student-run club, LUNA, which hosts discussions, speakers, activities, field trips and social events all related to the Latino culture.
The Spanish for Professions minor emphasizes the circumstances in which students may be expected to use the Spanish language in the workplace. Doctors and nurses, business executives, educators and a variety of other professions are increasingly expected to communicate with diverse constituents, and the Spanish for the professions minor gives Hiram Colleges students a leg up on their competition when entering the workforce.
The French major is perfect for those with a love for French language and culture. It is also helpful for those who are serious about business or world affairs. In today’s increasingly competitive market, international communication is a clear necessity. French is not only the second most widely learned foreign language after English, it is also the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by more than 300 million people in over 650 countries
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.
Asian Studies contributes to developing a fuller and more accurate account of world cultures, societies, religious traditions, and national and ethnic identity formation. It also examines the particular ways Asian political, historical, religious, and cultural developments help to articulate their local interests and our interrelated global citizenry. This minor is an excellent springboard from which to launch a meaningful vocation in fields where in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical and cultural contexts of Asian ideas and institutions are essential.