Minor Areas of Study

Although academic minors are not required for graduation, many students choose them. A minor area of study consists of courses specified by each department. Typically, minors consist of five or six courses, over half of which must be taken at Hiram College.


In order to graduate with a minor in accounting and financial management you must take:

  • ACCT 225, Financial Accounting (4)
  • ACCT 351, Intermediate Accounting I (4)
  • MGMT 302, Corporate Finance (4)

All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Students must also complete two three (3) or two four (4) credit hour courses at the 300 level or above. Students enrolled in our management bachelor’s degree program may not minor in accounting.

Biomedical Humanities

Because humanities issues in healthcare are of great concern across many disciplines today, and because many of our students envision themselves serving in the healthcare professions in the future, we offer a minor in biomedical humanities. This minor, comprised of interdisciplinary and departmental courses, emphasizes the ethical, religious, social, economic, and other non-technological issues in healthcare, and it addresses the complexities of solving healthcare problems. For students considering going on to careers in medicine, medical technology and research, nursing, counseling, social work, ministry, etc., this minor infuses humanities perspectives and concerns into the training they are getting in sciences and social sciences. It also complements traditional majors in the humanities.

Students wishing a minor in biomedical humanities choose an adviser from the Health Sciences Board, and in conjunction with the adviser, select the courses most appropriate for them. Students taking the minor will participate in BIMD 480, senior seminar.

The biomedical humanities minor consists of a minimum 20 semester hours of courses.


A minor in communication requires five courses, including Communication 101: Foundations of Public Communication and Communication 300: Human Communication Theory; three courses are selected from two different tracks. These courses, chosen in consultation with a communication department faculty member, should represent a coherent study of communication relative and complementary to the student's major.

Practicum programs include field experiences and internships; they are offered by the department in several areas, such as journalism, public relations, and electronic media.


A minor in economics requires five courses: two required  (Economics 201: Principles of Microeconomics and Economics 202: Principles of Macroeconomics) and three chosen by the student to meet personal educational goals. These courses, chosen in consultation with an economics department faculty member, should represent a coherent study of economics relative and complementary to the student's major.


The Entrepreneurship Minor will enable any interested student to create an entrepreneurial focus that complements and enhances their chosen major. Requirements include The Entrepreneurial Mindset, the Entrepreneurial Process, Integrated Entrepreneurship, two electives and a Business Plan Practicum or Experimental Learning.

Environmental Studies

The environmental studies minor allows a student to obtain an environmental perspective which can meaningfully enhance his or her major in a specific discipline. Students of any major may elect to participate in the environmental studies minor, and those interested in this program should contact a member of the Environmental Studies Board as early as possible, preferably during the student's first year, for further information and to discuss a plan of study. Students who minor in environmental studies should begin by taking Humans and the Environment and other core and correlative requirements. Internships typically are done in the summer between the junior and senior year. Students who minor in environmental studies must have a minor advisor who is a member of the Environmental Studies Board.


A minor in management requires six courses: four required and two chosen by the student to meet personal educational goals. These courses, chosen in consultation with a management department faculty member, should represent a coherent study of management relative and complementary to the student's major.

Required Courses:

  • Economics 201:  Principles of Microeconomics
  • ACCT 225: Financial Accounting
  • Management 218:  Organizational Behavior
  • Management 255:  Principles of Marketing
  • Two additional 3 or 4 semester hour management courses at the 300 level or above.

Political Science

The minor in political science requires five courses chosen from the offerings of the department. Political science students regularly take part in various governmental internship and extramural programs, including the Washington Semester. Courses in political science engage students in thinking critically about fundamental causes and standards of political behavior. Students find this kind of education helpful in various careers, including government work, law, teaching and political research.


The minor in writing requires a firm commitment on the part of the student and approval by the writing committee. Application to the Writing Committee should occur no later than the fall of a student's junior year. Five (5) courses are required; no more than three may be selected from the 200-level sequence. All minors must take Basics of Creative Writing as well as one course with significant nonfiction course work.

One of five courses may be a three-to-four-hour internship, with approval of the writing minor committee. Request an electronic application from the PGS adviser or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Note: Only three (3) courses can be used to satisfy requirements for both the major and minor. All other minor course requirements must be separate from the major course requirements.

Note: Social Sciences majors may not choose a minor in Political Science.


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