Hiram College

Focus on the written word

Hiram College’s liberal arts curriculum values the importance of communicating ones thoughts and ideas through writing. The minor in writing offers non-English majors the opportunity to focus on writing in a way that can augment their Hiram experience. Students can combine the minor with a wide range of other disciplines, including philosophy, math, environmental studies, biomedical humanities, psychology, communication, history and biology.

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Jeff Swenson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English, Chair

A firm commitment to your learning

The minor in writing requires a firm commitment on the part of the student and approval by the writing faculty. There are two deadlines each year for submitting applications to pursue the minor in writing (November 1 and March 1). Students must apply by the end of their junior year. An electronic application form should be requested from Professor Mary Quade and submitted to her electronically at quademr@hiram.edu.

A focused learning environment

The writing minor provides great opportunity for applied learning.

  • Students can learn how to effectively write about specific subject matter through the “Writing About…” workshop series, giving them an opportunity to tailor the curriculum to their interests and future goals.
  • Hiram offers several study abroad trips that emphasize creative writing: Reflect on Japan’s cultural and genetic identity, or travel to England to write about coastal towns and the significance of locations in literature.
  • Students can gain valuable experience through the Hiram Writers Association, the Hiram Poetry Review or with Kept Mistakes (student literary magazine)
  • The Lindsay-Crane Center offers opportunities for all writers and readers. Visits from prominent authors, writing contests, community outreach and one of the oldest Writing Across the Curriculum programs in the nation provide students with numerous creative outlets.

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