Historians are society’s storytellers — and its most vital critics. They work at finding the truth about the past and pay close attention to the diversity of the human experience.

History students at Hope cultivate a deeper understanding of the past through rigorous courses with first-rate teachers. You can expect your professors to know you by name, and you can develop the best learning experience for you — whether working one-on-one with faculty on a research project based on your interests or gaining valuable workplace skills through a local internship.

We prepare our scholars for leadership and service in a global society through on-campus mentorship opportunities and complementary off-campus study programs.

Within our two majors and two minors we:

  • Offer courses that cover a wide range of time periods, regions and themes
  • Make writing a significant component of all coursework
  • Emphasize the critical analysis of primary sources as part of historical research
  • Engage students in collaborative research experiences with faculty members
  • Cultivate a diverse scholarly community

Students can join Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, apply for scholarships and attend monthly department colloquia. Every year we support student presentations at the Celebration for Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance and honor students through various departmental awards.

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Recent Blog Posts

  1. Student Feature: Cullen Smith

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Cullen Smith, ’17 I believe that looking into the past gives the observer a chance to under...

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  2. Alumni Feature: Lou Canfield

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Lou Canfield I graduated from Hope College with a double major in History and Political Science ...

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  3. Student Feature: Jonathan Tilden

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Jonathan Tilden, ’17 I researched for the department in the summer of 2015. I heard about t...

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  4. New Department Chair: Introduction

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Jeanne Petit As a new chair of the Department of History, I feel that I am standing on the should...

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  5. Alumni Feature: Rachel Syens

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Rachel Syens I’ve always loved history. I was the kid who made her friends watch Gladiator over...

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  6. Alumni Feature: Jackie Huss

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Jackie Huss When I arrived on Hope’s campus in the fall of 2001 the thought of becoming a histo...

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 93%Employed

    93% of history grads are employed within six months of graduation

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  • 83%First choice of grad school

    83% of history grads pursuing graduate school are accepted into their first choice

  • ½+Internship or research

    More than half of history students participate in experiential learning through an internship or student-faculty research

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  • 12Scholarships

    Twelve scholarships are available for history students in their senior year

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