/ History Department

Degree Programs

We offer two majors and minors (history and history for secondary teaching) that fit well with many double-majors.

There's also the option of a formal French/history double major to accommodate a broad range of interests and the career goals of its majors and other interested students. A major in classical studies combining work in history, classical languages, art and philosophy courses is available through the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Majors

Program Outcomes

Hope College students completing a history degree will:

  • Find, select, and interpret various types of historical evidence carefully and consider a variety of primary and secondary sources for credibility, position, perspective and relevance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate and sustain a clear argument with the appropriate use of evidence from primary and secondary sources.
  • Understand and practice the academic and intellectual honesty needed to develop scholarly historical writing.
  • See the relationship between historical thinking and the qualities of good citizenship, including using historical analysis to understand current-day issues and see multiple perspectives.

Minors

Interdisciplinary Programs/Double Majors

Make It Your Own

You can go almost anywhere with a history degree, depending on your interests and calling. You’ll gain skills that transfer to a wide range of fields, leading to a fulfilling career. Many of our students study off-campus, gain work experience through internships and double-major in related fields.

Related fields

Some of our students choose to double-major in a variety of areas. Here are just a few of the most popular:

  • Political science
  • Classics
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • International studies
  • Computer science
  • World languages and cultures
  • Sociology
  • Psychology