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Deciding Students

Still deciding on a major?

It's not uncommon to be nearing your first year of college and to still be unsure of what degree you want to pursue. You don’t have to stress about choosing a major before you get to Houghton. In fact, you may not need to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year. In fact, being undecided can have some benefits.

Freedom to explore your interests

Discover new disciplines you many not have considered otherwise

Meet a variety of professors and take a variety of classes

Explore the Possibilities

Interdisciplinary Studies or Multiple Majors/Minors

Over 20% of Houghton students graduate with at least a double-major. Through our range of offerings and collaborative faculty, you might find yourself double-majoring or majoring in one discipline and minoring in one or more others. If none of the above suits you, then our Interdisciplinary Studies major empowers you to self-design a creative and cross-disciplinary program that fits with your big plans.

General Education and Liberal Arts

Our general education curriculum is actually an academic adventure disguised as a list of required courses. We have modeled our curriculum after an honors approach to learning which gives you exposure to a wide range of disciplines and helps you see the connections between them. Many students think its their major that gets them their job. We know that it’s actually the relevant, practical skills you develop through a liberal-arts education, including communication and critical thinking. This holistic approach to learning challenges you to think deeply, prepares you to better understand the amazing world God has placed you in and helps you develop a faith that is ready to go the distance.

Connect with Your Support Team

The best news is, you’re not alone! Don’t be paralyzed by the fear of not knowing. We can help you become fearless in pursuing your interests, that will ultimately lead to a major and a career.

Faculty Advisor & Professors

Your faculty advisor will act as a guide from the very first week of classes. They are accessible and available throughout the semester and will spend time getting to know your interests and offer direction. In addition to your advisor, your course professors will serve as additional mentors and guides.

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success provides holistic support and success resources from a writing center to counselor services and the Office of Vocation and Calling. The Office of Vocation and Calling can help prepare you for a meaningful career and help you discover the tools to live a life of impact. Through the Office of Vocation and Calling you'll have access to a variety of assessments aimed to help you discover your interests, values, strengths, and skills.

Alumni Network

The support you'll receive isn't just on campus, you'll have access to a network of graduates. The Alumni Engagement Office in partnership with the Office of Vocation and Calling can arrange informational interviews and job shadowing to help you explore your interests and prepare for your future.

Are you looking for guidance before you start?

Connect with the Office of Vocational and Calling
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97% of our students are employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduation

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