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. Alumna Feature: The Accidental Archaeologist

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  2. Faculty Feature: Jeanne Petit

    Posted by Jeanne Petit

    We’re excited to start a new semester here in the history department. And as I often do, I began t...

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  3. Faculty Feature: Climate Change?

    Posted by Albert Bell

    When we approach the end of the year weather becomes one of our main concerns. Will we have a white ...

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  4. Student Feature: Halla Maas

    Posted by Raquel Niles

    While doing research this summer as part of Mellon Grand Challenges Grant on “Imagining Peace,” ...

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  5. Faculty Feature: Dr. Gloria Tseng

    Posted by Raquel Niles

    The Historian’s Craft Renowned French historian Marc Bloch (1886-1944) is one of the great her...

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  6. Alumni Feature: Rebecca Fry Debowski ’12

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    Across the desk my adviser told me, “You will never get a history job if you don’t pursue the so...

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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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