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The Department of
Historical Studies

Academics / Departments & Programs / History

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.

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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.

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