English Major

An English major at Houghton gives you the creative thinking, writing, and research skills for careers in business, education, media, pre-law and more.

Our English courses provide you with a solid introduction to a variety of genres of literary eras while developing your writing style and ability.

Take a class on the works of the Brontë sisters, contemporary world literature, or Shakespeare. Research the literary greats and learn how to shape and support an effective analytical argument. Talk about controversies and challenges in today’s literature classroom as you prepare for a vocation in teaching or other professions that need thoughtful readers and strong writers. Explore elective courses in environmental literature or the literature of faith and doubt and prepare for a lifetime of reading and writing.

English majors 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 English?

  • 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.

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses and General Education

Degree Requirements

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript, 1 recommendation letter, and your test scores (can be waived)

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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