Hastings College English alumni teach in schools, colleges and universities around the country. They study for their doctorates and masters around the world, including the University of Edinburgh. They earn law degrees, write for magazines, and work in marketing departments as writers and graphic designers. Some even work as accountants and student life directors. An English major or minor can lay down the foundation you need to succeed in any job!

Go further with a Hastings education

At Hastings College, you’ll hone your critical thinking and communication skills, which are essential in every career. You’ll also have opportunities to travel abroad, including as an Irish Fellow or through an exchange arrangement. You can also get involved with the Spectrum, our award-winning student literary and fine arts magazine.  Perhaps you’ll be inspired to contribute to Plainsongs, the HC poetry magazine.

With passionate professors who specialize in areas ranging from Old English literature and Dickens to modern variants of fairy tales, horror film, comics and fantasy fiction from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the Harry Potter series, you’ll be challenged and inspired at every turn in your college career.

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, English majors serve one and sometimes two internships. Some expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings College ready to succeed.

At every step along your path, you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

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All the extras aren't extra

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No-cost study abroad — During your second year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?

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Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.

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iPad Pro + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!

Get involved beyond the English classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society)

In addition to Alpha Chi and Sigma Tau Delta, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for English majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus, we offer talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics. The result? Every student receives at least $11,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!).

You’ll also compete with your classmates for the Art and Eunice Langvardt English Scholarship. Named for a former Hastings College English professor, the award is presented to an outstanding senior, who then conducts a special project and presents it at a public lecture.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Central Community College
  • The Willa Cather Foundation
  • Red Cloud (Neb.) Chief Newspaper
  • Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

The Write Stuff

Andrew Jewell '97

Jewell ’97 editor of Willa Cather archive at UNL

Dr. Andrew Jewell, a 1997 Hastings College graduate, is a professor of digital projects at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Libraries and is editor of the Willa Cather archive and coordinates the…
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Ferguson ‘96 inspires, advocates for youth

Pete Ferguson ‘96, coordinator of the Youth Development Team at Lincoln (Nebraska) Public Schools, has built a career lifting up and giving voice to underrepresented youth. He and his team counsel dropouts…
Dr. Constance Malloy in a classroom.

Constance — As told by Jocelyn Delgado

Dr. Constance Malloy, professor of English, is retiring after 27 years at Hastings College. Through the years, Dr. Malloy has supported many campus organizations; mentored hundreds of students; provided hospitality to students,…