/ 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.


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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.
  • 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.


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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