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

  1. Alumni Feature: How to Answer “What are You Going to Do with That?”

    Posted by Raquel Niles

    If you are a student of history or simply the humanities in general, you get asked the following que...

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  2. A Bittersweet Goodbye

    Posted by Jeanne Petit

    Happy New Year, and welcome back to Hope students, faculty, and staff! The history department is gea...

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  3. The Gifts of the Season

    Posted by Janis Gibbs

    It’s the end of the semester.   This is one of those good news, bad news stories.  The holidays...

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  4. Alumni Feature: Claire Barrett, ’15: “Do What You Love”

    Posted by Raquel Niles

    I grew up in a family that loved history. As a child I would attempt, in vain, to keep up with my fa...

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  5. Student Feature: Jennifer Cimmarusti

    Posted by Jennifer Cimmarusti

    The application deadline for the Paris May Term is Nov. 29. As that date approaches, Professor Janes...

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  6. Faculty Feature: Marc Baer

    Posted by Raquel Niles

    Historians don’t create information: they read what’s handed to them, or rather what they can di...

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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

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