Hiram College

English Major

Traditional Undergraduate

Learn the Heart of Human Culture

Reading and writing are at the heart of understanding human culture. Learn to authentically connect with others in your communities and around the world by studying American, British, and world literature, from classics to popular culture.

Who Are Hiram’s English Majors?

Students earning their English degrees at Hiram are passionate readers and writers, eager to learn from each other, their professors, and language. They use their natural curiosity to think flexibly as they analyze literature and cultures. Hiram’s English majors might also pursue Communication, Classical & Medieval Studies, Educational Studies, Writing, or one of the other academic programs that Hiram has to offer. 

About the Program

Hiram’s small, discussion-focused classes foster a tight-knit community of English majors, providing ample opportunity to hone interpretation and communication skills. The close relationship between Hiram’s English students and professors challenges students to relentlessly pursue creativity and their calling.

By interpreting language and cultural statistics and trends, and reviewing the history and origins of language, students in this program gain the critical thinking and communication skills that characterize the new liberal arts and lead to success beyond college.

Benefits of Studying English

Hiram’s flexible English major builds analytical and communication skills while focusing on students’ personal passions. The program is rooted in five focused skill areas:

1. Intensive Research Skills

Students will find, evaluate, and incorporate high-quality sources to both support and complicate their personal positions.

2. Expansive Analysis and Interpretation

Students will analyze and interpret a wide variety of texts.

3. Writing Technique-Building

All students will write short and long projects independently; planning, organizing, and implementing their idea.

4. Close Reading Competency

Structure, word choice, symbolism literary devices, and textual meaning will be scrutinized.

5. Oral Communication Practice

Students will learn technique to express their thoughts clearly and concisely through discussion.

Opportunities in English

The English program at Hiram College offers students exciting opportunities to distinguish themselves and develop professional experience and expertise while still undergraduates. Students work closely with faculty mentors to identify programs and experiences that will connect most directly with their own interests and goals.

  • The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature

    The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature offers many opportunities for students, including contests in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, which recognize the best student-crafted creative writing. Hiram students also regularly win prizes in the East Central Colleges (ECC) competitions in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry; all ECC winners’ work is published in a collection.

  • Bonney Castle

    Hiram College’s English program is housed in historic Bonney Castle, a nineteenth-century inn that has been renovated to include a multimedia-equipped seminar room, a small library, a fully-equipped kitchen, and faculty offices. Bonney Castle is also home to the Hiram Poetry Review.

  • The Writing House

    Located next door to Bonney Castle, the Stephen and Jacquelyn Love Writing House is home to Hiram College writers. It includes the Writing Center, two classrooms, kitchenette, space for readings and receptions, and faculty offices.

  • The Writing Center

    The Writing Center--not to be confused with the Lindsay-Crane Center for Literature and Writing--encourage budding writers to take on positions as tutors for Hiram College students. Skilled writers who are hired at the Writing Center help with essays and the first-year program courses.

  • Hiram Poetry Review

    This national journal has been in continuous publication since 1966. It is published annually and edited by Professor Willard Greenwood and a team of student editorial assistants.

Mary Quade Headshot

Mary Quade, M.F.A.

Professor of English

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