Hiram College

Classical and Medieval Studies Minor

Traditional Undergraduate

The Foundation of the Liberal Arts

Classical and Medieval Studies is a multidisciplinary minor deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Although based in cultural history, this minor uniquely combines Art History, Latin, English, History, Philosophy, and Political Science into a program predicated upon a comprehensive understanding of Classical civilization as the foundation of Western intellectual culture.

Who Are Hiram’s Classical and Medieval Studies Students?

Students in Hiram’s Classical and Medieval Studies minor are interested in the past and human history. They may be curious about ancient languages, cultures, and people. Students may choose to pursue a second degree in International StudiesHistory, Ethics, Philosophy, Political Science, Performing Arts, or one of the other programs that Hiram has to offer.

About the Program

Classical and Medieval Studies is a multidisciplinary minor deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Although based in cultural history, this minor uniquely combines:

  • Art History
  • Latin
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science

These disciplines help students develop a comprehensive understanding of Classical civilization as the foundation of Western intellectual culture. Far from being singularly focused upon European culture, this minor examines the Classical tradition as a multicultural phenomenon that emanated from an ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse ancient world. A combination of Classical and Medieval Studies also broadens the geographic and cultural scope of a student’s education, which might otherwise solely focus upon Europe. Classics is a multicultural discipline since it focuses on not only the Mediterranean basin but also surrounding regions of Africa and the Middle East.

Benefits of the Program

For those who pursue the Latin track, studying Latin has proven benefits that extend well beyond this minor. Understanding Latin has been shown to improve students’ comprehension of English vocabulary, grammar, and structure, which in turns makes them better writers. Since about 60% of English vocabulary is derived from Latin, students increase their understanding of English words, particularly technical, scientific, legal, and other complex terms. This is especially useful to those aspiring to enter graduate school or the fields of law, science, or medicine. 

Students will improve their ability to write, conduct independent research, and critically evaluate a wide range of evidence. In some courses, students may visually research re-created ancient and real-life modern worlds through the use of virtual reality, too. By learning how to use a diverse range of texts, art and artifacts as evidence for problem-solving, Classical and Medieval Studies students will be ready to tackle new challenges with a broad perspective.

Students can concentrate their classical and medieval studies in a flexible way so they can acquire transferable skills that complement a wide range of majors with various career objectives.

  • Pendleton House

    Pendleton House, a restored, historic century house, houses faculty offices, as well as several small classroom and parlor spaces for students taking history courses.

  • Study Archeology in Italy

    Whenever possible, Professor Matt Notarian loves to offer a summer course in Italy. Interested in learning more? Select the link below to lean about the 2019 experience.

Matthew Notarian Headshot

Matthew Notarian, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

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