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History students in action

Experiential Learning: Student Activities


The History department hosts a variety of lectures by visiting and local scholars once a month on Wednesday afternoons. History faculty present their research, and senior honors students present their theses in May. Great refreshements are always provided, and we encourage everyone at Calvin to come.

History loungstudent and facultye

At the end of the hall of History department offices is a lounge for students and faculty. In the afternoons, you can enjoy coffee and use the large table to study or read books, journals, and magazines in the History collection. Or you can relax on the sofa and talk with other History students and faculty.

Social events

Each year, the professors host a Christmas party for History majors and minors that includes great food and a chance to talk with fellow students and faculty. At the end of the year, they host a reception to honor scholarship awardees, honors students, and other award winners. Throughout the year, other themed social events provide opportunities to get to know other History students and faculty.



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Follow our blog, Historical Horizons, to read regular posts from members of our department about the work they are doing, historical reflections on current events, book reviews, and more.

We also feature posts written by history students. Interested in writing a post for the blog? Please contact Jenna Hunt.

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Erasmus e-news

Erasmus is the History majors and minors email information service. Notices of speakers, events, parties, and jobs are posted as well as other information of interest to history majors.

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