Hiram College


Dr. Lori Varlotta talks about the benefits students receive from The New Liberal Arts™ at Hiram College during a segment on WKYC’s Live on Lakeside.

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Hiram College is in the midst of implementing a systemic redesign of the entire undergraduate experience. The redesign is called The New Liberal Arts™, and it brings exciting changes to the First-Year Experience, Academic Majors, the Core Curriculum, Experiential Activities, and the Skill set and Mindset students will develop.

The illustration below summarizes the four key elements of The New Liberal Arts™ model: 1) an enhanced freshman year experience; 2) a coherent core curricula centered around urgent challenges and emergent opportunities; 3) highly integrated majors that are attached to one of five schools; and 4) a high-impact experiential activity that is required of all students and is explicitly connected to the major and/or the core. The elements are interconnected, and each reinforces and build on the learning of others.

NLA Elements and Outcomes

As part of The New Liberal Arts™, a new academic structure has been designed to cluster majors under a larger academic umbrella called “Schools.” The School Structure will further enhance the interdisciplinary learning that Hiram values. In late August 2018, we were thrilled to name the School of Business after one of our most philanthropic and engaged alumni, Dean Scarborough ’77. The illustration below outlines the new model for the Schools.

The five schools, majors, minors, centers and stations