We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.
English students at Hope dive deep into the literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.
Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.
The department is dedicated to offering its students plenty of opportunities to supplement their learning and engage in it. From on-campus activities and guest speakers to volunteer opportunities, highly sought-after workshops and student-faculty collaboration, English students at Hope actively involve themselves in gaining practical experience and making unforgettable memories. Every student’s experience in the program is distinctive, tailored to his or her interests and passions. We work together and support each other.
Three distinct English majors allow students to focus their study on literature, creative writing or preparation for secondary ed.
An English major pairs well with any number of other fields of study. The ability to communicate clearly through the written word is essential to all careers and vocations.
- English with an emphasis on literature
- English with an emphasis on creative writing
- English for secondary teaching
- English for secondary teaching
Why study English?
Literature enables readers to imaginatively enter and share the stories, feelings, and experiences of other persons. It presents, with beauty and power, perennial human situations and issues – problems of identity, purpose, relationship, and meaning.
The study of creative writing enables students to view writing as a process of seeing and re-seeing the world. It helps them learn to value and express their own stories, to reflect on their lives and to believe they have something of use to put into words.
Our curriculum seeks to meet the needs of all students pursuing the broad aims of a liberal education — not just specialized courses for English majors. Students who study literature and writing will grow in their abilities to read, to think and to express themselves logically, coherently and imaginatively.
We offer a wide range of unique classes taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially.
Students have considerable latitude in the order in which they take their English classes. However, keep in mind a few general principles that will help you make the most of your education at Hope:
- Take ENGL 248 and/or 253 as early as possible. These are foundational courses in our curriculum.
- English 113 or the equivalent is a prerequisite to all other writing courses.
- Students considering an English major should consult with the department chairperson or another faculty member in the department before beginning to take upper-level English classes for help in deciding about the most appropriate course selections.
- Students preparing for careers in elementary and secondary school teaching should consult the Department of Education for detailed interpretation of major requirements for teacher certification.
Our students go on to build careers in publishing and marketing, earn advanced degrees in a number of fields and serve as teachers and educators across the country.
Opportunities for English majors are limitless. The critical thinking and problem-solving skills students learn through our degree program serve as the base for success in any job market. Close reading, accurate writing and the ability to listen well lead graduates into satisfying careers and excellent graduate programs.
About the School
Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.