Study history. It’s a way to study everything.
We study the past to understand humanity's place in the world, to remember those who came before us, and to help us live more wisely in our own time. Get your hands dirty leafing through manuscripts, handling treasures unearthed from ancient cities, and studying abroad, exploring the great sites of London or Budapest.
You’ll be well-equipped for a wide range of careers as employers increasingly seek out majors in the humanities for their creative thinking and critical insight. Visit our department blog, Historical Horizons, to join us in discussions about the field of history, contemporary issues, our ongoing research and more.
Explore History at Calvin
Delve into the most engrossing areas of history with our academic programs.
Historical Horizons »
Explore important issues with our faculty on the history department's blog.
by Doug Howard
Covering the full history of the Ottoman Empire, from its genesis in post-Mongol Eurasia to its dissolution after the Great War in Europe, this textbook takes a holistic approach, considering the Ottoman worldview - what it was, how it came together, and how it fell apart.
Douglas A. Howard stresses the crucial role of the Ottoman sultans and their extended household, discusses the evolution of the empire's fiscal model, and analyzes favorite works of Ottoman literature, emphasizing spirituality, the awareness of space and time, and emotions, migration, violence, disease, and disaster. Following how people spent their time, their attitudes towards authority, how they made their money, and their sense of humor and sense of beauty, this illustrated textbook is an essential resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate, courses on the history of the Ottoman Empire, the Middle East, Islamic history, and the history of Eastern Europe. The book includes over eighty illustrations, maps and textboxes.
- Covers the full history of the Ottoman Empire, from its genesis in post-Mongol Eurasia, to its dissolution after the First World War in Europe
- Takes a holistic approach, emphasizing the Ottoman worldview, emotions, spirituality, migration, and attitudes towards the Ottoman royal family
- Features over forty illustrations, more than thirty textboxes, and nine maps
There are no announcements at this time.
A new look at very old glass
History professor Rachel Koopmans '91 is studying stained-glass panels at Canterbury Cathedral.
Spark, April 01, 2019
Air Force Veteran, Calvin Knight
Ryan Heckaman, a Calvin senior and Air Force veteran, shares his experience.
News & Stories, November 11, 2018
Reactivating a 2,000-year-old water system in Jordan
This June, Calvin College engineering student Sarah Cok joined the Clean Water Institute of Calvin College, the Umm el-Jimal Project, and Jordanian experts to restore an ancient water system in a Jordanian village.
News & Stories, August 15, 2018
Eric Washington awarded Professor of the Year
Professor of history Eric Washington is Calvin College's 2018 Professor of the Year, an award given annually by the senior class.
News & Stories, May 14, 2018
History students create mental health exhibit for public museum
Three Calvin students' class project has spurred an exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
News & Stories, October 31, 2017
Childhood Lure Leads to Compelling Historical Work
After years of intensive research, Douglas Howard has published an intriguing and unique history of the Ottoman Empire.
News & Stories, June 12, 2017
Alum oversees Google datacenter software teams
Spark, June 05, 2017
Calvin College professor receives Fulbright to study history of global hockey
Bruce Berglund will do research on three continents as he pursues a deeper understanding of hockey's emergence as a global sport.
News & Stories, April 4, 2017
Calvin College observes 500th anniversary of the Reformation
A series of events have been planned to commemorate the milestone year.
News & Stories, March 8, 2017
Equipping Just Citizens
The Just Citizenship Series features panelists and speakers engaging social and political issues.
News & Stories, March 6, 2017
Longtime history prof earns third Fulbright
Jim Bratt teaches history in China
Spark, September 15, 2016
History in Action
Applied history allows Calvin to seek wise living in our time
Spark, Fall 2015