Hiram College

Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

Take your education to new heights through our Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

If you’re committed, self-motivated and have a curious mind, our options within the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program are perfect for you. We know you’re creative, passionate and civic-minded, so make sure to join our special group of students.

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Paul Gaffney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Director, Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

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Not Your Typical Honors Program

Our Eclectic Scholars study in diverse academic fields and follow a variety of passions, but all are actively engaged in the energy of Hiram College. We encourage Scholars to grow during their years through leadership in areas like Student Senate, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, athletic teams, clubs, peer mentoring and teaching. The Eclectic Honors program will help you become the person you want to be. What will you bring to the community of Eclectic Scholars?

Perks of Being an Eclectic Scholar

As an Eclectic Scholar, you can take your experiences and opportunities for academic enrichment, professional development and interdisciplinary discourse to the new heights. Some of those perks include:

  • Honor housing learning community. Located on 3rd Miller, this newly renovated floor is for academically focused students, open to all 4 years in the program, and provides floor programming opportunities to promote and explore academic success and other interests of our Scholars. We also have a separate honors lounge located in Bates Hall, complete with comfy seating, big screen TV, and games, making it a nice spot to hang out with friends or even study.
  • Priority registration. This perk allows students to register early for a course of their choice each semester. Scholars often use this to take an upper-level course to provide them with greater academic challenge.
  • Tuition-free over hours. This perk can be used one semester per academic year. It allows students to take up to 21 credit hours (up to 3 hours over the tuition cap of 18 credits) at no additional cost (worth anywhere from $1000-3000 in savings!). Many students use this perk to do internships or research for credit, or to participate in other academic programs, such as the Garfield Public Leadership program, to further enhance their academic experience at Hiram.
  • Additional scholarship opportunities. Qualifying students can receive an annual scholarship for being in the program. Many of our scholars also apply for additional merit-based scholarships, grants, and fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Rhodes, National Science Foundation, etc.).
  • Interdisciplinary core credit. Upon successful completion of the four Honors courses (see descriptions in “Enriched Curriculum” section), students will also have satisfied one of their INTD core graduation credits.

Acceptance Criteria

Hiram prides itself on looking at the whole student and has no hard GPA requirement for the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program even though GPA is considered. The following credentials are recommended:

  • 3.6 or higher high school GPA
  • One of the following enrichment experiences:
    • Creating or holding a leadership position in an academic or social club
    • Leading or participating in a community volunteer effort such as Relay for Life or Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • Working in or volunteering at a social service agency or hospital in order to make a difference in others’ lives
    • Participation in independent research or entrepreneurial endeavor
    • Involvement in environmental or sustainability clubs or efforts
  • A curiosity or desire to explore complex, interdisciplinary issues and ideas

Make sure you apply for the Honors program after submitting their Hiram College application. After you apply, you’ll interview with a faculty representative of the Honors program.

Why the Eclectic?

Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College) was founded in 1850. The Eclectic Institute was named as such to demonstrate that it would not follow any one mold, but remain free to choose an educational model demanded by the times. Hiram has always recognized the need to prepare students for diverse careers.

“From this place would go forth men of ample moral and mental growth to fill stations of honor and usefulness in all departments of social life.”

(Hiram College and Western Reserve Eclectic Institute: Fifty Years of History, 1850-1900; F.M. Green, 1901)