First Year Enduring Questions Seminar ~ The Enduring Questions Seminar is designed to provide an exposure to college-level intellectual inquiry through critical reading, in-depth discussion, oral presentations, and informal and formal writing. Each course is centered on a fundamental enduring question, theme, or topic such as “What is Justice?” or “What is a Life Well-Lived?” Through the careful and considerate examination of the course topic, students will develop their ability to write well; to think critically; to communicate clearly; to read, interpret, and engage with relevant texts; and to identify, evaluate, and use research appropriately. As a part of their Enduring Questions Seminar, students will also participate in the Common Questions Hour, a common intellectual experience with all first-year students. Grounded in the common reading and the ethics theme, the Common Questions Hour will consist of lectures, discussions, reflections, and group activities engaging everything from the curricular, the co-curricular, and the practical. Furthermore, presenters and discussions will introduce the five Cs of Hiram Connect: Curriculum, Career, Calling, Character and Community. Students in all sections will be required to complete and be prepared to discuss thoughtfully all course readings, to give at least one oral presentation, to maintain and develop an ePortfolio, to reflect on their learning regularly, and to write at least three projects or essays—culminating in a signature assignment—totaling at least 5,000 words of formal, revised written work. This course aligns with the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) requirements for English Composition: First Writing Course (TME 001).
FIRST YEAR URGENT QUESTION SEMINAR ~ The Urgent Questions Seminar will focus on broad questions that speak to the problems of our contemporary world. These more topical and timely courses might include topics such as: Climate Change, Addiction, Artificial Intelligence, Racial Justice, etc. These seminars seek to improve the students’ college-level writing and analytical abilities by emphasizing research across disciplines. In addition, students will present their research in a more formal setting (multi-course audience or a class-wide poster session). These courses are an integral part of Hiram’s general education curriculum and a requirement for graduation.