Bachelor's in History

General

Program Description

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.

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 Modern and Classical Languages.

Majors

  • History
  • History for secondary teaching

Minors

  • History
  • History for secondary teaching

Courses

Our courses cover the globe and span time. From the ancient world to the present day, from pre-colonial Africa and the Greek world to modern China, recent America, and World War II, our courses explore a multitude of cultures and backgrounds.

The discipline of history seeks to understand how men and women have lived in different times and places, what they have thought and experienced, and how to use their records that have come down to us.

After graduation

Last year our graduates began law school, landed an internship with the Detroit Metro Times, pursued their teaching certificate and began service through AmeriCorps, just to name a few. Over 93% of our students were employed within six months of graduation.

Last updated March 2019

About the School

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. Read less