Students may also pursue graduate study through Hiram’s Content Area Programs (CAP). Coursework is offered through the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program. Graduate credits can be counted toward the elective coursework in the MAIS program or may be pursued independently.

Graduate students with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university may take graduate coursework without admission to the MAIS program. If seeking a degree, no more than 15 elective graduate credits may be applied toward the MAIS degree program. There is no cap on graduate credits taken outside of a program of study.


CAP courses are graduate-level courses in specific academic disciplines designed to provide teachers with the necessary 18 hours of graduate credit to be certified to teach according to the State of Ohio’s CCP guidelines. Any admitted graduate student may take CAP coursework, though coursework in certain programs may require prerequisite undergraduate or graduate coursework. Courses are offered during summer, fall and spring terms.

The 18 hours of Content Area Program (CAP) coursework from Hiram College is designed to meet the Ohio Department of Higher Education CCP Guidelines for college adjunct work. However, individual colleges or universities grant instructor approval for teaching CCP courses for their institution. Generally, requirements to teach general education courses include a master’s degree in the discipline or a master’s degree plus 18 graduate semester hours in the discipline. Colleges and universities may require additional credentials depending on specific courses taught or subject area. Teachers should consult with the college or university to determine the qualifications and coursework necessary to teach a course and should be aware that Ohio State rules for CCP certification may not be transferable outside the state.