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Why study English at Hastings College?

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 opportunities to travel abroad, including as an Irish Fellow through an exchange arrangement or during our famous January Term (J-Term). 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.

Most Hastings College students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

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.

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 J-Term to gather 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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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, you can earn talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

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

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