Welcome to the Hope College English Department! A degree in English
is a wonderfully rich and flexible choice for any career that requires
skill with words and a deep knowledge of human relationships.
Our graduates work in a vast variety of fields. Many become passionate
teachers at every level, from elementary school to graduate school. Others
are lawyers and business executives. Still others work for social justice
agencies, non-profit groups, and government. Many are involved in publishing,
writing professionally, and editing. A degree in English from Hope can
take you anywhere.
While at Hope, students have amazing opportunities to study abroad,
work closely with faculty members, and gain work experience through internships
across the country. The department is dedicated to showcasing student
work and helping students build professional resumes and portfolios.
English students at Hope also benefit from an exceptional community environment
on campus. We encourage collaboration and growth in every aspect of life—and
we have fun! We’d love to have you here.
Check out some students sharing their unique paths and experiences at
Ten Reasons to Study English at Hope College
Excellent teachers, and lots of them. We are a large department
(30 faculty members, full time and part time), and all of us
teaching as our highest priority.
Scholarly and artistic productivity. Since 2000, Hope English
professors have published more than
30 books and hundreds of articles,
stories. You'll learn from people who are experts in their fields.
Small classes. Our writing workshops are never larger than 15,
and our literature classes rarely top 25. We'll know you by name, and
get to know us and your classmates well in this setting.
Nationally renowned Visiting
Writers Series. Each year, we bring
8-10 of the nation's top poets and fiction writers to campus for
readings, class visits, Q & A sessions, and as much face-to-face
time with students as we can manage.
Internships. We encourage students to try out their vocational
ideas by working in local companies and organizations, and we'll help
a placement suitable to your interests.
Off-campus study opportunities. Theater in London. Literature
in Scotland. The arts in New York. History and literature in Vienna.
in Philadelphia or Chicago. Australian literature Down Under. Communal
living and studying in an old logging camp in the Oregon mountains.
You'll find lots of ways to extend and enrich your study of literature
in an off-campus study program.
Personal advising. English majors work closely with a faculty
advisor to choose courses, discuss careers, apply to graduate schools,
Wide career opportunities. Our grads go into teaching, law, business,
ministry, social justice work, journalism, and a dozen other fields.
Good homework. You get to read or write poems and stories, a
rewarding way to spend your time.
If you have questions about studying English at Hope College, please
feel free to contact the department chair, Peter Schakel (616.395.7116
or firstname.lastname@example.org) or our department Office Manager, Sarah Baar (616.395.7620