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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    Dr. Fred Johnson, full professor of History, and his students are spending May term in Vietnam. A...

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  2. Small Details Spark New Questions

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    Dr. Lauren Hinkle ’04 Janes of the history faculty and students Grace Pettinger, Maria Seidl an...

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  3. Understanding the War in Ukraine

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    “Students and readers in general may be wondering how to make sense of the ongoing war crisis a...

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  4. Fall 2022 Course Listings

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    For a complete list of upcoming classes or to see course details, including dates, times and prof...

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  5. Spring 2022 Course Offerings

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Advising week kicks off this coming Monday, with Registration starting Monday, 11/8. Take a look ...

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  6. A Metaphor for Life

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    Dr. Gloria Tseng shares her insights from taking on a challenging climb last year and what it ill...

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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

    Learn about our scholarships