Hiram College has been an innovator in academics for more than 150 years. The opportunity to customize a major – combining two or more disciplines or studying something totally unique – is just one example of that.
A USA Today article from Sept. 17 discusses the concept of individualized majors and the unique job prospects that come as a result of it. Hiram alumnus Loren Byrne ’00, who graduated with a degree in ecological artistry, is featured in the article.
“He originally planned to pursue the two subjects with a double major, but soon had a ‘rude awakening’ — there simply wasn’t enough time to finish out two full degrees in four years,” the article stated. “Rather than giving up and choosing one area of study of the other, Byrne decided to create his own major, an option he estimated only about 2 to 3 percent of his class pursued.”
Byrne went on to get his Ph.D. in ecology and is now an associate professor of biology at Roger Williams, where he used his unique education to create a course called Scientific Illustration.
The USA Today article goes on to discuss the job prospects that result from individualized majors; they aren’t necessarily cookie cutter jobs with large companies, but innovative jobs at start-ups and cutting-edge firms – an ideal option for those who want to make a real difference in the world.
Creating an individualized major – or customizing one of our 30 majors offered – is one of the many ways our students are “First at Hiram.” Our education isn’t cookie-cutter; each student has the opportunity to be the first one to study their major in their own unique way.