Hiram College


Traditional Undergraduate

Developing a deeper understanding

The study of history is critical for our understanding of the human experience. Through the study of history, we develop an understanding of who we are, where we came from, how and why our society has changed over time and how humans have interacted with each other and with the natural world. Hiram’s history major prepares students for active citizenship and for informed, thoughtful decision-making throughout their lives.

Studying the past – Preparing for the future

Being a history major is much more than just memorizing the events of the past. History majors must develop a greater understanding of the patterns, the causes and effects, of human behavior and existence. History majors review facts as stepping stones towards the greater goal of understanding the ways in which human beings have come to live in the present.

The Hiram College History Program works closely with students to help them with career planning and preparation. The History Program also brings speakers to campus to discuss career opportunities for history majors. Alumni have gone on to become business leaders, lawyers, teachers and professors, political leaders, government workers, librarians and leaders in non-profit organizations.

Concentration in a Field of Study

History majors have the option of concentrating in a particular field of history. Students should discuss choosing a concentration with a faculty member in the History Program. The concentrations we offer are:

  • History and Law
  • Gender History
  • and a regional area of history, such as Asian History.

Students who are majoring in Integrated Social Studies for the purpose of obtaining a license to teach will have different requirements and should consult with the Education Program in conjunction with the History Program.

Janet Pope Headshot

Janet Pope, Ph.D.

Director, School of Arts, Humanities & Culture
Professor of History

Learn more about all of the majors, minors, and opportunities that await you within the School of Arts, Humanities & Culture.