/ History Department

After Graduation

Last year our graduates began law school, landed an internship with the Detroit Metro Times, pursued their teaching certificate and began service through AmeriCorps, just to name a few. Over 93% of our students were employed within six months of graduation.

Where can majoring in history take you?

In short? Anywhere! Hope history students have studied in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia, worked in internships at nationally-known museums, organizations such as Human Rights Watch, and government agencies such as the United States Department of State, and taught in schools in a variety of communities, from urban settings to rural villages.

Visit our alumni page for info on resources and services 

Here's what some of our graduates have done:

Museums and Libraries
  • Amy Weber ’09 completed her MA in art history from the University of Illinois and now works as a project coordinator at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Anna Cook ’05 completed a joint history andiInformation technology graduate program at Simmons College and is now working for the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Teaching and administration
  • George Klupchak ’08 completed a M.Ed. at the University of Notre Dame and now teaches at Chicago Bulls College Prep in Chicago.
  • Jessica Patrick Majerowicz ’04 teaches history at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia.
  • Jason Rubel ’97 serves as the Principal of East Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Legal profession
  • David Kraska ’89 is an attorney in the legal department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco.
  • Whitney Leigh, law degree from Stanford University where he was president of the Black Law Students Association, specializes in civil litigation and criminal defense with Gonzalez & Leigh in San Francisco.
  • Tim Fry completed law school at Northwestern is now at the Chicago office of McGuireWoods, working on transactional and regulatory health care issues.
Higher education and scholarship
  • Noah Haiduc-Dale ’99 recently published Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism and Nationalism, 1917-1948 (Edinburgh University Press). He teaches at Centenary College.
  • Samantha Miller ’08 completed her M.Div. and is working on a Ph.D. at Marquette University.
  • Brett Bebber ’00 teaches history at Old Dominion University in Virginia. He has just published Leisure and Cultural Conflict in Twentieth-Century Britain (Manchester University Press).
  • Jeffrey Harrison, ’12, Project Manager at Mindscape at Hanon McKendry, a West Michigan marketing and advertising firm.
  • Jeff Bates ’98 is Open Source IT Program Manager at Google.
  • Barbara Good ’87 Van Heest is is a vice president and relationship manager for Chase’s business banking group in West Michigan.
Consulting and Communication
  • Erica Puntel ’00 is a senior publicist for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Daniel Stid ’87, a Rhodes Scholar, Harvard Ph.D. and author of The President as Statesman: Woodrow Wilson and the Constitution, is a partner in the Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm in San Francisco.
  • J. Scott Carpenter, formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, is now the Deputy Director of Google Ideas in New York City.
  • Banu Demiralp ’00 is co-founder of Anka Rising, which provides a platform for private enterprises, governments and NGOs to combat modern-day slavery.
Government and Public Service
  • Jason Burns ’06 is the national political and communications director of the Victory Fund, Washington, D.C.
  • Louis Canfield ’01 earned a Masters in Public Administration and is Development Center Coordinator for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
International Affairs
  • Jordan VandeBunte ’05 earned an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and works for the U.S. government.
  • James Plasman ’03, a Masters in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, is a Foreign Service Officer; he currently serves in the American embassy in Lagos, Nigeria.
Serving the Church
  • Jonathan Schakel ’94 is the organist and co-director of Music Ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Seth Weeldreyer ’91 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Marshall, Michigan.
  • Kirk Slater ’90 is a missionary in Uganda.
  • Phil Tanis ’87, former mayor of Holland while he was at Hope, is executive secretary of communications for the World Communion of Reformed Churches, headquartered in Hanover, Germany.