Natural historians patiently and carefully observe and document the complex patterns of the natural world. Aristotle, Lewis and Clark, Charles Darwin, John James Audubon, Annie Alexander, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, and Jane Goodall are but a few important natural historians who have contributed to revolutionary ideas in science and society simply by spending purposeful time in nature. Through field-based learning, Hiram’s natural history minors develop the ability to identify the components of natural systems, observe and document relationships and behavior, and ultimately see and understand the natural world in new ways. Students interested in fields as diverse as creative writing, visual arts, literature, medicine, entrepreneurship, law and policy, mathematics, the sciences, and more will benefit from the skills, experience, and knowledge gained through a minor in natural history.
The natural history minor is built on experiential, field-based coursework, internship opportunities, and a capstone experience that help students gain key inquiry skills and fundamental scientific knowledge that will support success in a variety of professions. Students will gain experience with:
- Direct observation
- Description and documentation
- Data collection
- Problem formulation
- Critical analysis
And, importantly, receive mentorship as they apply these skills to the creative process of diversity.
Please contact Sarah Mabey, Ph.D. (program coordinator) at email@example.com or 330.569.5847 if you have any questions about the natural history minor.