Why study English at Hastings College?

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 Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, you’ll be challenged and inspired as an English major at Hastings College.

Based on your own interests, you can select an area of emphasis in either Literature or Writing. Plus, our versatile course offerings make a double major with History, Business Administration, Communications, Psychology, International Studies, Art and many other majors possible within four years.

As an English major at Hastings College, you’ll hone your critical thinking and communication skills, which are essential in every career and lead to an enriched life. There are also opportunities to travel abroad, including as an Irish Fellow through an exchange arrangement or during our famous J-Term. You can also get involved with the Spectrum, our award-winning student literary and fine arts magazine, and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary society. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to contribute to Plainsongs, the HC poetry magazine.

You’ll 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.

Hastings College English majors 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, become reporters and work in marketing departments as writers and graphic designers. Some even work as accountants and student life directors.

What can you do as an English major? Whatever you want if your degree is from Hastings College! Apply today!

The Write Stuff

Perched on a rocky landscape overlooking a seemingly endless horizon of water, Jenna Jaeger, sophomore biology and Spanish double major, sat quietly meditating after a five-day trek through Northern Spain. The quiet moment gave her a chance to... more
Students have been working effortlessly since January for the new Hastings College Press, getting books completed and prepared to sell to the public. more
The Rev. Katie Anderson ’04 spends her days among many who are sick and dying, among those receiving chemotherapy and radiation, among those fighting for their lives. more
Liz Case, a senior English major, loves literature and history. Her passion is reflected in her scholarly pursuits. more
Dwayne Strasheim has no dearth of books to define his character. His office alone has an entire wall devoted to books and the eye immediately detects a theme. more