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. Summer Research Highlight: Autumn Balamucki (’21)

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    History major Autumn Balamucki (’21) began research with the Joint Archives this summer wit...

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  2. Next Up: Spring 2021 Courses!

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Registration for next semester courses starts the week of October 26th. Here’s a quick prev...

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  3. In Memoriam: Bill Cohen: Scholar, Teacher, Colleague, Friend

    Posted by Blogs Administrator

    Emeritus History Department Professor Bill Cohen passed away on September 7, 2020. Professor Emer...

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  4. Get To Know Your Prof: History Department Edition!

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    We’re taking on a new challenge this semester, the #GetToKnowYourProf challenge! You may ha...

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  5. “And Then Came the Lion”: Remembering Congressman John Lewis

    Posted by Fred Johnson

    For most of 2020, I’d been able to hold it together, rolling with every punch and willing mysel...

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  6. The AHA’s “Erasing History or Making History? Race, Racism, and the American Memorial Landscape” Facebook Live Discussion

    Posted by Janis Gibbs

    If you have been following the news about decisions to remove Confederate monuments, or about dir...

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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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