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

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  4. Reflecting on the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entry into World War I

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    Take a look at the upper-levelcourses being taught by our great professors this Fall! If you have qu...

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    In the spring of 2016, I signed up for two History classes to fill some requirements for my degree a...

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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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