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.
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.
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.