Institutional Philosophy

Institutional Philosophy

  1. 1.1       Mission Statement
  2. 1.2       College philosophy
  3. 1.3       Community responsibilities – A Vision of Our Common Life
  4. 1.4       Sexual Harassment Policy


Houghton College provides an academically challenging Christ-centered education in the liberal arts and sciences to students from diverse traditions and economic backgrounds and equips them to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.


The philosophy of Houghton College, an educational institution of The Wesleyan Church, builds on the concept of preparing individuals to become Christian scholar-servants who exhibit the scholar’s passionate yet humble commitment to the Christian faith and to their chosen academic discipline and the servant’s qualities of serving enthusiastically and unselfishly wherever called.  The indispensable characteristics of the scholar-servant are the competence to serve and the willingness to serve.

To acquire the competence to serve, the scholar-servant must develop effective skills in listening, reading, written and spoken communication, computation, problem solving, logical reasoning, and value discrimination.  In addition, the graduate’s cumulative knowledge must provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning by a thorough grounding in one or more academic disciplines plus familiarity with fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of the basic fields of knowledge.  Learning must also relate disciplines to each other and to life in ways that assist in making wise decisions and appreciating one’s individual heritage while respecting cultural diversity and the integrity of creation.

To develop the willingness to serve, the scholar-servant must encounter positive models through life examples from Houghton’s faculty and staff.  Their reasoned faith must rest on sufficient knowledge of the Bible and its central doctrines to communicate Christianity effectively to others, and produce a world view that infuses Christian truth into knowledge and experience.

To achieve its ideals, Houghton College will sustain a scholarly community of believers who confess the Lordship of Jesus and who actively seek truth and recognize its foundation in Christ.  Because of the risks involved in educating the intellect and the character, the faculty and staff will strive to provide a challenging and stimulating environment which is also nurturing and supportive.  The community will also be characterized by the historic distinctive of The Wesleyan Church, including purity of heart and life, concern for justice in social issues, and unselfish stewardship of time and the material provisions of Creation.


The statement outlining our vision of our life together at Houghton can be found here.  Expectations for all faculty and staff can be found here.


The college’s policy on sexual harassment can be found here.