While the Center for Adult Studies has incorporated a number of features designed to meet the needs of adult learners, the program should not be viewed as distinct from Hiram College itself. We believe each Hiram student, upon completion of the graduation requirements, will have an education in the depth, breadth, and interrelatedness of knowledge that is the liberal arts tradition.
The Center of Adult Studies maintains Hiram’s commitment to the principles that education makes an important difference in an individual’s life. Many courses in the curriculum offer practical skills that are immediately relevant to a professional career. As a liberal arts institution, however, Hiram has steadfastly believed that the most useful education requires even more.
Our majors offer courses that help develop specialized skills to improve job capabilities; at the same time, they provide opportunities for personal and cultural enrichment. Since education must entail depth in a special field of study, students are encouraged to focus their studies in particular disciplines.
Students have an important role in developing their own programs of study. An academic advisor is assigned for each student to help plan a course of study, consider educational objectives, and generally provide advice and counseling. Adults who have taken college courses years ago, or who have never attended college, often feel uncomfortable about the prospect of returning to school. A close working relationship with one’s academic advisor alleviates the confusion and impersonal characteristic of other programs.
The graduation requirements constitute the general education component of a student’s liberal arts education at Hiram. Students will improve their writing and analytical skills and will learn about the interrelatedness of knowledge. Each student will also explore interdisciplinary studies, which focus on both contemporary and timeless questions of intellectual relevance to mankind.
In addition to completing the general graduation requirements, students will also choose a major area of study. Students should explore the majors available and discuss their options with their academic advisor and the staff in the Center for Adult Studies.