Hiram College recently introduced a natural history minor to its academic repertoire, giving the College a total of 41 minors. The new minor is open to all traditional undergraduate students, regardless of major.
The natural history minor, which is one of the only such programs available east of the Mississippi River, will give students the tools to interpret the natural world through courses that focus on individual organisms and courses that examine ecosystems on a larger scale.
Jennifer Clark, Ph.d., professor of biology, was instrumental in designing the new minor. Clark explained that within the broader areas of organism-level study and ecosystem-level study, students will get to narrow their focus on a variety of specialized areas. Specialized natural history class offerings include ornithology (the study of birds), herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), entomology (the study of insects), aquatic biology and conservation biology.
“For students majoring in the sciences, this minor provides a unique set of coursework that focuses on field work and taxonomy,” said Clark.
But the Natural History minor was created with broader horizons in mind. Students not majoring in the sciences could still benefit from this minor if they are interested in pursuing a career in art, policy and law, education or museum curation.
The natural history minor is interactive and hands-on. It’s built from courses that provide real-life experience at the Field Station and that run through study away trips. The program also includes a number of workshops that are aimed at helping students build their resumes.