Department of English and Writing
English and Writing students at Houghton study in small classes with established or emerging writers and scholars, working collaboratively with faculty and fellow students. We workshop our writing, complete research projects, and edit publications. We reflect together on the dynamic role of language in history, culture, and faith.
Literature and writing allow us to explore our human condition and brokenness. They also call us into the celebration of God’s abundant grace, manifested in nature, in the creative arts, in community, and in our capacity for compassion.
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As imaginative and faithful people we seek stories and images that embody our deepest sense of God’s grace. Literary scholarship and creative writing challenge us to enlarge our vision and affirm our faith by engaging the great writers, thinkers, and ideas of the past and present. Literature explores questions that have always mattered: questions about human identity and relationships, about life and death, about God. The study of writing and literature teaches us what these questions are and how to ask them.