Give voice to your ideas, reflections and personal story, and learn how to use your passion for writing to make a difference in the world.

A writing major at Houghton provides you with the skills and training for a variety of careers, from journalism and advertising to publishing and business.

Articulate your perspectives and offer new insights through the written word. Explore classes on writing for film and television, social issues/global engagement, and fiction. Share your spiritual experience through poetry, engage in current issues through opinion writing and prepare for writing in the professional realms and journalism.

The writing major works well as a double major with communications, giving students a broad set of marketable skills and opportunities to explore their creative gifts. Students serve as (paid!) consultants in the Writing Center, write and edit for the Houghton Star student newspaper and Lanthorn literary magazine, and intern with the Office of Marketing and Communications to produce press releases and other content.

Why Major in Writing?

  • Join a community of creative people, and work alongside fellow students and faculty members as you reflect on language’s role in history, culture and faith.
  • Explore the human condition, brokenness and redemption as manifested through the literature and writing arts.
  • Engage consciously, creatively and intuitively with authors who share in the human experience, and be challenged to understand others through eyes of empathy and compassion.
  • Answer the call for deep thinkers with the ability to problem-solve and think critically yet respond with sensitivity and treat each life story as unique and important.
  • Small class sizes (usually 15 or fewer) allow you to interact on a personal level and do a significant amount of conferencing with professors and peers, such as at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Major Requirements

Writing (BA or BS) major


Meet Accomplished Authors

Meet and discuss your craft with contemporary authors across the fiction and non-fiction spectrum. In recent years, Houghton has brought internationally acclaimed author Alexander McCall Smith and award-winning Palestinian-American author Naomi Shihab Nye to campus.