The writing minor offers all Hiram students the opportunity to focus on writing in a way that can augment their Hiram experience.  Students pursing a writing minor want to enhance their writing skills while focusing on other subject areas.  They understand that having strong writing skills can open many doors for them.

Students often combine their writing minor with other disciplines including:

  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Creative Writing
  • Math
  • Environmental Studies
  • Psychology
  • History

Undergraduate Minor

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About the Program

Program Summary

Hiram College’s liberal arts curriculum values the importance of communicating one’s thoughts and ideas through writing. 

A writing minor requires a firm commitment by the student and approval by the writing faculty. There are two deadlines each year for submitting applications to pursue the minor in writing (November 1 and March 1). Students must apply by the end of their Junior year. 

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Career Paths

  • Technical Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Social Media Content Manager
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations
Lorna Metzger

LORNA METZGER ‘25 | Creative Writing Major

“I knew I wanted a school where I could major in writing rather than it be a minor or concentration. I also wanted small class sizes because it was really important to me that I had a community of writers and professors I knew well.”

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Ways to Get involved

Writers in Residence operates under the mission of a statewide non-profit organization by the same name. Through our club, a cohort of trained Hiram College students will teach creative writing workshops at the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center. Writers in Residence works toward increasing the residents’ literacy levels and reducing their recidivism rates through creative expression and constructive reflection.

Students can also enroll in WRIT 25000, an optional 1-credit support class that helps them to learn more about the juvenile justice system, to evaluate their experiences as leaders of creative writing workshops for residents in juvenile detention, and to create plans for weekly lessons at the juvenile detention center.


Jeff Swenson

Jeff Swenson, Ph.D.

Interim VP of Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College, Professor of English

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