The Hiram Plan


It’s been 20 or so years that the calendars of collegiate institutions have been migrating away from 12-week quarters and toward 16-week semesters, and Hiram has stood uniquely positioned for most of that time.

The Hiram Plan, which consists of 12 weeks of traditional semester-hour courses and 3 weeks of focused study, has been a part of Hiram life since the mid-1990s. A student can use that time to study abroad, immerse themselves in a given topic or do an internship — but truly, the avenues are limited only by one’s imagination and how much one can capture cognitively in three weeks.

And where does that 16th week come in? Why, in the form of a week-long break between the two time-frames in both semesters. Enough said.

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Sample 3-Week Courses

  • Financial Decision Making
  • The Art of Filmmaking
  • Intro to Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Introductory Electronics
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Capitalism: What is Right?
  • Education Culture and Society
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Gender and Sexuality in the U.S.
  • The Holocaust
  • Narrative Bioethics
  • Public Policy Making
  • Engaged Citizenship
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Politics of Journalism
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Ethnicity in America
  • Writing About Nature