Humanities and Fine Arts

A Bachelor of Arts in humanities and fine arts, with courses in art, history, literature, theatre, music, philosophy and religious studies, offers students the opportunity to explore the moral, spiritual, emotional and aesthetic dimensions of the human condition.

Few questions have been raised more often or answered in more ways than, “What does it mean to be human?” The study of the world of aesthetics and values is central to the process of self-reflection and introspection to which humans aspire through the “examined life.” Our humanities classes in Ohio traditionally have been at the center of educational curricula and are the core of Hiram College's academic program. The fine arts courses in this degree program offer students another avenue for exploring the world. 

Today everyone faces questions about the nature and quality of life. The humanities and arts share with science a responsibility to shape future society and show us how to use knowledge and power wisely. Broad disciplines, such as our Bachelor of Arts in humanities and fine arts, are designed to train students in writing, analytical thinking and communication. The humanities and fine arts major prepares students for graduate school, public relations, teaching and performance, among other opportunities.

If you’re considering humanities classes in Ohio and want to find a weekend college for adults, look no further than Hiram College. 

Course Requirements

A major in the Humanities and Fine Arts requires a student to complete a primary and secondary area of concentration totaling 60 semester hours, chosen from the following disciplines:

Art Music
Classics Philosophy
English/Literature Religious Studies
Foreign Language Theatre Arts
History Writing
Primary Area of Concentration 
  • Six courses (at least 20 semester hours) must be chosen from one discipline. 
  • At least two of these courses must be chosen from the 200 level and at least two from the 300 or 400 level
  • Transfer students must complete at least four of these six courses at Hiram
  • Students who desire a creative writing minor may not choose Writing as their primary area of concentration.
 Total Credit Hours Primary  20
 Secondary Area of Concentration
  • Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) must be chosen from a second discipline
  • At least one of these courses must be chosen from the 200 level and at least one must be chosen from the 300 or 400 level
  • Transfer students must complete at least two of these four courses at Hiram

Total Credit Hours Secondary

12 
Additional courses must be chosen from the eight disciplines listed above to bring the total to at least 60 semester hours. 
Additional Required Credit Hours  28 
 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR THE MAJOR 60 
* NOTE:  Students must earn a C- or better in all Required and Advanced Coursework.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  39-48
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR ELECTIVES  12-21
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE  120
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