/ History Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

Our students study in Washington, D.C., work hand-in-hand with museum curators, present at professional conferences and become members of our national history honors society.

Colloquium Series

  • Each year the Department of History, in conjunction with Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society, offers a series of colloquia each semester.
  • Speakers are members of Hope's history department, guests from other institutions or students who have produced particularly fine pieces of research.

Honors Program

  • The Honors Program in History challenges students to enrich the minimum requirements of the major through a focus on vocational discernment.
  • Students who graduate with honors in history will have demonstrated exceptional academic rigor by maintaining a high GPA in history courses and working with a faculty mentor to complete a Senior Honors Project.

Phi Alpha Theta

  • Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, was established in 1921. The mission of the society is to promote the study of history by encouraging research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of ideas among historians.
  • Prof. Fred Johnson is the current advisor of Hope's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.


  • We offer a number of scholarships, both for admitted students and for current Hope students.
  • Generous donations from patrons allow students to travel and advance their own scholarship in a variety of opportunities.


  • Each year we recognize students with departmental awards for students from first-year to senior year.

Focus on Research

While students choose and develop extensive research projects within our regular courses, we're also committed to offering other opportunities for undergraduate research, including funding for summer research opportunities.

Students have worked in Hope's Joint Archives, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and through the Boston Summer Seminar in Boston, Massachusets.

Students may work individually, as a member of a student research team, on their own project with a faculty mentor or on a joint student-faculty project.