A history major prepares you for a wide range of pursuits. You might pursue a career in teaching, public service, graduate or professional school (such as law or medicine), media, ministry, and business. You'll acquire strong skills in writing, research, critical thinking, and public speaking, while you engage with a broad range of cultures and eras.
After framing your coursework with a survey course in global history, build research and writing skills in our Research Methods of History course. Then choose from a wide range of electives to explore your own interests, all while opening doors to your career goals. Finally, bring it all together in our capstone course as you reflect on vocation as a Christian historian.
Students majoring in history will design programs of study in consultation with their departmental advisor. Such programs will reflect the students’ interests within the field of history and in related departments, their anticipated vocational goals, and the demands of the historical discipline. Students are asked to consult with departmental advisors early in their collegiate years concerning their choice of a foreign language and, if secondary teaching is their goal, concerning the various types of programs leading to certification.
Students pursuing certification for secondary education must earn either a double major in History and Social Studies, or a major in one of these two disciplines with a minor in a different discipline. Those who choose to major in Social Studies alone must choose a minor in one of the following disciplines: Economics, Geography, or Political Science. Those who choose to major in History alone may minor in any other discipline they wish.
Students intending to pursue graduate studies are advised to take HIST 390 (independent research project) or HIST 390H-HIST 391H (Honors thesis), and to take at least two semesters of a foreign language even if they have already met the language requirement.
Students desiring a high-impact experience in a non-academic setting are advised to apply for the History internship (HIST 393) in the spring of their junior or senior year.
You can take one upper-level interim course as an elective in any of the History majors or minors.
If you wish to graduate with honors, you will need to be accepted into the honors program early in your program.
History and pre-law
A deep understanding of history gives you a huge advantage in a career in law. Discover how your history major fits neatly into Calvin’s pre-law program.
A healthier society
Historical insight can help you thrive in fields like disease prevention, health advocacy, and public policy. Calvin’s public health program can be a great companion to your history major.
You can afford a Calvin education.
You’ve heard a lot about the high cost of a university education. But a Calvin education is much more affordable than you think. Most Calvin students pay far below the sticker price—and graduate with less debt than you might expect.
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There’s a reason Calvin gets top marks from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and more. Calvin graduates are in demand at grad schools, med schools, and careers in every field.
With over 100 majors and programs, you’re bound to find something you love.
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