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.

Studying history can open many career paths besides teaching history and writing history books. In this field of study, participants will explore the varieties of “public history” (history outside the classroom) through field trips to local museums, archives, and historical sites. Using artifacts from the Heritage Hall Archive on Calvin’s campus, participants will create their own historical exhibit for display at Calvin’s Hekman Library. Along the way, we will explore the many ways that studying history can prepare you for a wide variety of work, from journalism and police work to medicine and government.


Katherine van Liere

Katherine van Liere

Department Chair, Historical Studies;
Professor of History
Full profile