You've been given a mission

At Houghton, your general education coursework is structured around Houghton's mission.

to provide an academically challenging, Christ-centered education that equips students to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.

Think of it like a roadmap. As you travel through this curriculum, you’ll begin to find your place in the world and chart the course for your future.


Christ-centered education

Foundational coursework and ongoing exploration in Biblical and theological studies

Academic rigor

Core courses in:
 
Mathematics
 
Natural Sciences
 
Humanities
 
Social Sciences
 
Fine Arts

Equipping to lead and labor as scholar-servants

Training in how to work together in a learning community

Preparation for lifelong wellness

Preparation to engage a changing world

Courses and experiences that teach skills for cross-cultural interaction and understanding

Distinctive elements of our core curriculum

Integrating the Humanities

Teaching great ideas and texts from philosophy and literature in their historical context means that students not only learn about the foundational ideas that shaped western culture, but also see why these ideas developed when and how they did.

Students explore Western history as a developing story with texts and ideas in conversation and conflict with each other—not simply events on a timeline. Students see how people from different eras responded to the most important questions of their day. Students thus develop ideas about how to approach the questions of their own society and culture.

Applying Math and Science to the World's Questions

All general education science courses at Houghton involve experiential learning, where students try out the concepts that they are learning. They move between thinking and doing as they develop the ability to engage in rational, informed discussion on scientific topics of strong contemporary interest.

Students study what science is and how it has changed our understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. They also learn about the critical role science plays in contemporary life and the relationships between science, society, and Christianity. Finally, students learn how to approach quantitative and conceptual problems—training that builds crucial analytical skills essential for any major or vocation.

Exploring and Developing Faith

After foundational courses in Bible and Christian theology, students come back to these topics and choose a course for further study of the Bible, spiritual formation, theology, or the life of the church. As the Christian life is one of constant growth and development toward spiritual maturity, students continue to explore their faith throughout their college career, not stopping after completing an introduction or two.

Enriching Writing

All Houghton students get in-depth writing instruction. Students who need it take foundational coursework in college-level writing and every student takes an additional course or courses that provide developmental feedback on significant amounts of writing. Since writing is essential to so many callings, all students, no matter their major, get the opportunity to improve and develop these skills.

Preparing to Engage a Changing World

Because Houghton’s mission is to prepare students to lead and labor in a changing world, all students receive preparation for interacting with a dynamic and culturally diverse world. Students can choose to study a language and build their skills of cross-cultural communication in this way or they can take other courses that are designed to prepare them to understand, interact with, and engage other cultures.

 

Houghton students are on a mission: a mission to learn about God and His world, and to develop the skills they need to live in that world with courage and understanding.
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