A student must complete at least one major. Candidates for BA, BFA, and BS degrees must complete 124 semester hours. Candidates for the BMus must complete 128 semester hours. No more than 8 hours of ROTC or Theater Workshop may count toward graduation. No more than 8 hours of Equestrian Studies may count toward graduation unless student is in the Recreation major with an Equestrian track or the Equestrian Studies minor. Also, no more than 8 hours of applied music may count toward graduation for students who are not majoring or minoring in music. The minimum quality point average for graduation is 2.0. Grades in major, minor and concentration courses must be at the “C-” level or higher.
A student must complete at least 30 hours, one-half of the major and 18 of the last 24 hours at Houghton (except those under the senior-in-absentia privilege or those with special permission whose major or minor require them to be off campus). Other cases require a petition.
A student can’t earn a BA and a BS simultaneously. A student completing two majors, one leading to the BS degree and the other leading to the BA degree, is asked to choose which of the degrees to receive, and then graduates with one degree and two majors (choice of degree may depend on Liberal Arts hours). The only situation in which a student may be awarded two different baccalaureate degrees simultaneously is by completing all requirements for both a BMus or BFA and either a BA or a BS, including the relevant integrative studies hours for each. Students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree, either at Houghton College or elsewhere, may earn a second baccalaureate degree by completing all Houghton College requirements for the degree and earning at least 30 credit hours in residence at Houghton College subsequent to the awarding of the first degree. If the first degree was granted by Houghton College, the second degree must be a different degree, e.g., a BS earned subsequently to a BA. The cumulative grade point average of work subsequent to the first degree must be 2.0 or higher. As with all Houghton degrees at least half of the hours for the major must be earned from Houghton; however, they do not all need to be earned subsequent to the first degree.
Changes in Requirements
Changes in graduation requirements may occur during a student’s career. On such occasions, students generally complete requirements as specified in the catalog for the year of their matriculation. However, the student may select a subsequent catalog in effect during his or her college career. Occasionally changes are made which include more precise implementation guidelines. If the student believes the major is unfairly or unreasonably modified, the student should consult the Academic Records Office.
Liberal Arts Requirements
Most of the courses at Houghton College are liberal arts courses, designed either for contributing to a general education or for enhancing understanding of a particular subject area or discipline of inquiry. Other courses are professional in nature, designed to prepare a student for a specific occupation, e.g., education, business, ministry.
The State of New York and Houghton College require a minimum of 93 credits of liberal arts for the BA degree and 62 credits for the BS degree (in addition to specialized areas of professional work), and a minimum of 32 credits for the BMus and BFA degrees.
Master of Arts in Music; Master of Music
A candidate for a master's degree chooses a curriculum from the listings to be found in The Greatbatch School of Music Graduate Bulletin.
Bachelor of Arts
A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree selects a major, and that choice must be approved by the chair of that department. The BA degree requires a minimum of 93 credits of liberal arts and a total of 124 hours.
Bachelor of Science
A candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree may select a major from accounting, art education, Bible, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, computer science, inclusive childhood education, physical education, physical-health education, physics, recreation, TESOL with culture, language & linguistics, or writing. The BS degree requires a minimum of 62 liberal arts credits and a total of 124 hours.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
A candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree may select a major in Applied Design and Visual Communication or Studio Art. The BFA degree requires a minimum of 32 credits of liberal arts and a total of 124 hours.
Bachelor of Music
A candidate for the bachelor of music degree chooses a curriculum from the listings to be found under music in the Academic section. The BMUS degree requires a minimum of 32 credits of liberal arts and a total of 128 hours.
Associate of Arts
The AA degree is designed to prepare students for continued studies in the liberal arts. However, it also provides a general education for those wishing a two-year course for their own cultural enrichment.
A student may earn the associate in arts degree by completing a total of 62 semester hours (or 60 hours at the Houghton in Buffalo location) as follows:
AA degree at Houghton Genesee Valley Campus:
- A student may earn the associate in arts degree by completing a total of 62 semester hours as follows:
- 40 hours of integrative studies (as described below).
- 12 hours in an area of focus, chosen in consultation with an advisor. A student must receive grades of C- or higher in all courses in the area of focus; OR the student completes Houghton College's entire Integrative Studies package.
- Cumulative grade point average must be 2.0 or higher.
- At least 30 hours, including at least 18 of the last 24, must be from Houghton College, as well as at least half of the hours in the area of focus.
- The Integrative Studies requirements for the AA:
- Required courses - 12 hours: 4 hours of Writing, 4 hours of Culture: history or philosophy, 4 hours of Biblical Literature or, if eligible, a 200 level Bible course (excluding BIBL 251 and BIBL 261,
- Additional hours - 28: INTS 102 Transitions 102: Succeeding at Houghton (1); Culture: (no more than 0ne from each of these: Art (4), Music (4), History (4) or Philosophy (4) (must choose area not taken for the core requirments), and Literature (4); Faith Foundation: Introduction to Christianity (4); Creation: (no more than one from each of these): Lab Science (4), Mathematics (4); Competencies: (up to two language courses are allowed), Health and Wellness (1-4), Foreign Language (4, 4); Community: (must choose different areas if taking more than 4 hours (no more than 8 hours total): Anthropology (4), Communication (2 or 4), Economics (2, 2), Political Science (4), Psychology (4), Sociology (4).
Houghton in Buffalo AA:
Two plans are offered for each two-year cycle:
- Plan 1 - Fully fixed curriculum with an area of focus in Liberal Arts.
- Transitions 102 (1)
- Requirements: minimum of 45 hours of Liberal Arts plus Elective Options totaling minimum of 60 hours. Writing (3), Bible (4), Intro to Christianity (4), Literature (3), History (3), Philosophy (3), Communication (4), Psychology (3), Political Science (3), Art or Music (3), Science (3), Mathematics (3), Religion (3), Sociology (3); Elective Options (14).
- Plan 2 - Partially fixed curriculum in which the student creates an area of focus in consultation with an academic advisor, subject to the availability of appropriate courses at Houghton College or another area institution by agreement.
Transitions 102 (1)
Requirements: minimum of 45 hours of Liberal Arts plus Elective option (2), and Area of Focus (12) totaling minimum of 60 hours. Writing (3), Bible (4), Intro to Christianity (4), Literature (3), History (3), Philosophy (3), Communication (4), Psychology (3), Political Science (3), Art or Music (3), Science (3), Mathematics (3), Religion (3), Sociology (3); Elective Option (2)
Area of Focus: minimum 12 hours; in consultation with an academic advisor, these Area of Focus courses can be completed through Houghton College online courses, transfer courses or another area institution by cross-registration. A student must receive grades of C- or higher in all courses in the area of focus.
Cumulative grade point average must be 2.0 or higher.
At least 30 hours, including at least 18 of the last 24, must be from Houghton College.
Associate in Applied Science
A student earns the associate in applied science degree by completing the two-year Christian ministries course of 62 semester hours (or 60 hours at the Houghton at the Chapel at CrossPoint location) as follows:, of which at least 22 are in liberal arts.
Each student should select one major area for specialized study by the time he/she earns 45 hours. Houghton College grants degrees in the following areas:
|Department of Art|
|Applied Design & Visual Communication||BFA||1002|
|Department of Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy|
|Department of Biology|
|Department of Business and Economics|
|Department of Chemistry|
|Department of Communication|
|Department of Education|
|Inclusive Adolescence Education|
|Inclusive Adolescence Education General||BA||0803|
|Inclusive Childhood Education||BS||0802|
|TESOL with Culture, Language & Linguistics||BS||1508|
|Department of English and Writing|
|Department of History and Political Science|
|Department of Intercultural Studies|
|Department of Leisure Studies|
|Department of Mathemtics and Computer Science|
|Greatbatch School of Music (See Graduate Bulletin for information regarding master's degree programs in music.|
|Music||BA, MA||1004, 1005|
|Music with non-music elective studies||MusB||1004|
|Performance: Brass Instruments||MusB||1004|
|Performance: Percussion Instruments||MusB||1004|
|Performance: Stringed Instruments||MusB||1004|
|Performance: Woodwind Instruments||MusB||1004|
|Department of Physical and Health Education|
|Physical Education non-certification||BS||0835|
|Department of Physics and Earth Science|
|Department of Psychology and Sociology|
|Department of World Languages and Literatures|
|Human Resources Management||BBA, BS||0516|
|Integrated Marketing and Communications||BBA, BS||0509|
|Interdisciplinary Studies||BA, BS||4999|
|Leadership Development||BBA, BS||0506|
*HEGIS - Higher Education General Information Survey
Associate Deans and Areas
Associate Dean for Arts and Letters: Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb
- Department of Art
- Department of Communication
- Department of English and Writing
Associate Dean for Education and Physical Education: Cathy E. Freytag
- Department of Education
- Department of Physical and Health Education
Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Mark E. Yuly
- Department of Biology
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Department of Physics and Earth Science
Associate Dean for Religion and Global Service: J. Michael Walters
- Department of Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy
- Department of Intercultural Studies
- Department of World Languages and Literatures
Associate Dean for the School of Music: Stephen W. Plate
Associate Dean for Social Sciences: Paul D. Young
- Department of Business and Economics
- Department of History and Political Science
- Department of Leisure Studies
- Department of Psychology and Sociology
Integrative Studies (General Education)
Academic work at Houghton is organized under four categories: integrative studies, major work, minor work, and elective work. The system of majors and minors provides for general coordination and some intensive training that is often introductory to later professional preparation. Each student must have a major. Minors are optional.
In the major the student must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of major credit (any course numbered 200 or above unless otherwise specified). Many majors require more than 24 hours. At least one-half of a student’s major must be completed at Houghton. The minor consists of 12 or more hours of work acceptable for major credit unless otherwise stated. With the exception of the concentrations within the Inclusive Childhood Education major which must be 30 credits or more, most concentrations at Houghton are 16 credits or more. No grades below C- count toward the major, minor, or concentration. Students majoring in a Bachelor of Music curriculum may, with the approval of the director of The Greatbatch School of Music, be permitted to count one D-level grade in the music theory sequence (MTH 220, 227, 325, 327) and one D-level grade in the music history sequence (MHS 231, 232, 333, 334).
This option is available for students wishing to specialize in an area not covered by an existing minor. It consists of 12 to 15 hours of courses 200 or above and will be proposed by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor and approved by the area associate dean. Approval for such minors will include consideration of how the choice of courses supports the stated academic goals of the student.
Integrative Studies Requirements for BA, BFA, and BS Degrees
In keeping with the major objective of the college, to provide a liberal arts education within the framework of the Christian faith, each candidate for the BA, BFA, and BS degree is required to take a stipulated package of integrative studies courses unless given graduation credit and/or advanced standing on the basis of advanced placement or standardized departmental tests. (Graduation credit and/or advanced standing are contingent on a favorable review of the examination papers by Houghton faculty members.) Students also need to meet a required number of liberal arts credits for their specific degree (93 for the BA, 62 for the BS, and 32 for the BFA).