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. A History Minor’s Insights

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    This week, we’re talking to former History Minor Marly Borovich Torres (Class of 2012) as she ...

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  2. Transformed by Hope: An English & History Alum Returns

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Meet our new Office Manager & Hope Alum ’12, Alison Lechner, as she shares how her experie...

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  3. What I Learned from the Children of Agent Orange

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Current Hope Student, Molly Douma (Class of '22), shares her experience in this year's 2019 Vietnam ...

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  4. Spring 2020 Courses are Here!

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    Not sure which History classes to take in the Spring? Our upper-level courses are available below fo...

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  5. Graduate Insight: A History Degree at Work

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Hello to all the current History students, faculty and staff, and alumni. It has been well over a ye...

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  6. Student Feature: Reed Hanson

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    Going to Rome felt like a death sentence the first week. I knew nobody else from Hope and didn’...

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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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