Hiram College

Natural History Minor

Traditional Undergraduate

Examining our world

Natural historians examine the world to determine the relationships between organisms, how they developed and evolved, and how they interact with their environment. To achieve these aims, students who pursue a minor in natural history focus on individual organisms and examine ecosystems on a larger scale. They gain the tools to interpret the natural world through hands-on, interactive course work in the classroom and in the field.

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 mabeyse@hiram.edu or 330.569.5847 if you have any questions about the natural history minor.

Sarah Mabey Headshot

Sarah Mabey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Natural History Minor Coordinator

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