Academics 

A Diverse and Challenging Education

At Houghton College, we provide our students with a challenging education that equips them to achieve after graduation. Our programs feature hands-on experiential and practical learning, focused study within a major and a core liberal arts curriculum that provides a well-rounded education.

An Education that Meets Employer Demands 

Communication student with Christian college professor With more than 70 academic areas of study, students can receive preparation in fields ranging from pre-med to music, business to physics. With our emphasis on a broad-based liberal arts education, students gain the following skills required and desired by more than 75% of employers*:

 

 

  • Problem solving in diverse settings
  • Ethical issues/public debates important in their field
  • Critical thinking and analytic reasoning
  • Complex problem solving
  • Written and oral communication
  • Broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Familiarity with global issues and knowledge about societies and cultures outside the 
    United States
  • Applied knowledge in real-world settings 
  • Innovation and creativity

*Hart Research Associates, It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success (Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2013)

More than a Diploma 

In addition to career preparation, Houghton instills in students a desire to serve both God and others in whatever work they are called to do. The integration of faith with all aspects of life, a commitment to humble service, and a desire to improve their communities and the world are natural outcomes of a Houghton education.

Degrees Offered 

  • Associate of Arts (AA)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Master of Arts in Music (MA)
  • Master of Music (MMus)

Faculty 

Houghton faculty are dedicated to seeing students succeed, both in the workforce and in a diverse world. They offer more than lectures and textbook curriculum; they provide personal advising, mentoring, and teaching that take students directly into their fields.

  • 128 overall faculty, 75 full-time
  • 88% of full-time faculty have terminal degrees (most advanced degrees 
    in their fields)
  • 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio 
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