Social Sciences at Hiram
Students studying the social sciences at Hiram are exposed to a broad liberal arts curriculum, preparing them for the lifelong study of human interaction and thinking.
Social sciences involve the study of the way we as humans live. A Hiram education in the social sciences starts with a strong liberal arts curriculum, and goes beyond the classroom. Students have the opportunity to indulge in their interests through independent and faculty-led research, leadership opportunities in student organizations, diverse programming through the Centers of Distinction and involvement in campus communication outlets.
Named after former U.S. President James A. Garfield, who also served as president of Hiram College, this Center helps students develop skills in public policy as they prepare to become future leaders. Students selected as Garfield Scholars routinely interact with campus visitors who are key national and international policy makers and travel to Washington to observe public policy in action.
Through this Center of Distinction, all Hiram students are required to take courses in ethics across the curriculum. Each year, the Center chooses a theme, on which it bases its programming (panels, speakers, contests, etc.). The theme for the 2012-2013 year is Food and Hunger.
Activities such as campus newspaper, yearbook, and radio station actively engage students in campus media outlets.
Hiram College has more than 60 registered student clubs and organizations, including academic societies, cultural groups, sports clubs, political action and special interest groups. Students in the social sciences take an active role in many campus organizations. Among these are Speech and Debate Club and Model UN, a group that engages in academic simulation of the United Nations on current events, global issues, and topics in international relations and diplomacy. Student initiatives include Bread and Soup (regional hunger), Habitat for Humanity (building homes), and Rebuilders of the New World (Ethiopian famine relief).
In addition to the capstone project that is required of all Hiram seniors, psychology students have numerous opportunities to participate in faculty-led research and independent projects. These opportunities expose students to laboratory research and observation skills while cultivating specific knowledge.
Students studying the social sciences may take part in any of the study abroad programs offered. Recent trips that may be of interest include "Marginalized Voices of Central America" in Guatemala and Mexico and "Ancient Civilizations and Modern Aspirations" in Turkey and Greece.