English Major

Study past and present great ideas, writers, and thinkers to equip yourself for future success.

Skills in creative thinking, writing, and research are essential for careers in business, education, media, pre-law and more. The English Major at Houghton College will give you the opportunity to develop and sharpen these skills with a solid introduction to a variety of genres of literary eras, literary greats, and challenges being faced in today’s literature.

In discussing and researching literature of the past and present, you will learn how to shape and support an effective analytical argument that will be useful in any career field. The English Major will prepare you for any vocation in need of thoughtful readers and strong writers.

Be a part of excursions in the literary world

Exercise your analytical skills in preparing papers and writing reviews for conferences and theatres such as:

• Taylor Making Literature Conference

• Calvin Festival of Faith & Writing

• National Undergrad Research Conference

• Penn York Undergrad Research Conference

• Lyric Theatre at Houghton College

• Shake on the Lake in Perry, NY

• Stratford Festival (Shakespeare) in Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Engage in a tight-knit campus community

Get one-on-one feedback from faculty and fellow students in small classes while also earning the opportunity to work and serve on-campus organizations such as the Houghton STAR student newspaper, The Lanthorne student-run magazine, and the Writing Center.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s major in English, you will develop your critical analysis and interpretation of language as you:

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.

Engage consciously, creatively and intuitively with authors who share in the human experience of brokenness and redemption through the literature and writing arts while being challenged to understand others through eyes of empathy and compassion.

Participate in small class sizes that will allow you to interact on a personal level as well as 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

Meet a Faculty Member

Tight-Knit Community

With classes of 15 students or fewer, the English Major allows for a close community where you can interact one-on-one with faculty as well as create connections to other students in your courses.

Versatile Course Variety

Research the literary greats such as the Brontë sisters and William Shakespeare and learn how to shape and support an effective analytical argument in a way that will help you to 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.

On-Campus Opportunities

Put your analytical and written skills into practice by writing for or managing our student publications, working as a consultant in our Writing Center, and interning with departments such as Marketing & Communications.

Employment Expected to Grow 9%

for Writers and Authors
SourceU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
Testing Policy

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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