History at Calvin is an investigation into the human experience—how it works and how it shapes the world today. Studying history will equip you with a powerful and versatile set of intellectual and practical skills that will prepare you for a variety of vocations.

Overview

Calvin's history program provides you with foundational knowledge that spans geographical regions and the eras of human history. It also gives you the chance to dig deeper into a region or era that interests you. The program will help you sharpen your critical thinking, research, reading, and writing skills. Take advantage of Calvin's numerous study abroad programs to study history where it happened.

Careers in History

  • Archivist
  • Lawyer
  • Advocate
  • Historian
  • Teacher
  • International Businessperson
  • Pastor
  • More

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Student involvement

Study abroad in Hungary, Guatemala or Jordan; attend lectures and seminars sponsored by the history department; assist a professor through a summer research fellowship.

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By the numbers

50%
History graduates who go on to graduate school in history, law, international relations, medicine and other fields
100%
Number of History faculty with PhDs from major universities in North America and Europe.
100%
Last year’s 29 history graduates who are now employed or in graduate school

Course Requirements 2013-14

History major

(33 semester hours)

  • One from:
    • HIST-151 History of the West and the World I
    • HIST-152 History of the West and the World II
  • One 200-level North American course:
  • One 200-level European course:
  • One 200-level World Regions course:
  • HIST-294 Research Methods in History
  • HIST-394 Research Seminar
  • HIST-395 Historiographical Perspectives
  • Electives (11 semester hours)

History minor

(22 semester hours)

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

John De Bie History Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the history department
Reverend Bernard Haven Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; child of missionary
  • submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1
Peter D. Hoekstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • first-year
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need not required; must have an outstanding academic record and exhibit exceptional promise
  • apply through the history department
Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; majoring in history, philosophy, or a foreign language
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Earl Strikwerda Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the history department
Edwin J. and Elaine F. Van Kley History Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need required; desire to study Asian influences in the west or to study Asia
  • apply through the history department
Martin P. and Florence DeGraaff Wiebenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship
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Faculty

Bruce Berglund

Bruce Berglund
Associate Professor of History
Department of History
HH 484
brb6@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6194

James Bratt

James Bratt
Professor of History
Department of History
HH 478
jbratt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6198

Bert de Vries

Bert de Vries
Professor, Archaeology program director
Department of History
HH 492
dvrb@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6273

Kristin Du Mez

Kristin Du Mez
Associate Professor
Department of History
HH 488
kkd3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6809

Douglas Howard

Douglas Howard
Professor
Department of History
HH 476
dhoward@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6197

William Katerberg

William Katerberg
Professor, department chair
Dir. Mellema Program
Department of History
HH 472
wkaterbe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6047

Young Kim

Young Kim
Assistant Professor
Department of History
HH 480
yrk3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7568

Karin Maag

Karin Maag
Professor
Director, H.Henry Meeter Center for Study of Calvinism
Department of History
HL 416
kmaag@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6089

George Marsden

George Marsden
Scholar in Residence
Department of History
HH 478
gmarsden@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7816

Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller
Professor
Department of History
HH 474
mill@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6196

Robert Schoone-Jongen

Robert Schoone-Jongen
Associate Professor, on leave fall 2012
Department of History
HH 483
rps2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6395

Katherine van Liere

Katherine van Liere
Professor, sabbatical leave 2012-13
Department of History
HH 485
kvliere@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6817

Frans van Liere

Frans van Liere
Professor, director of Medieval Studies program, sabb leave 2012-13
Department of History
HH 485
fvliere@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6535

William Van Vugt

William Van Vugt
Professor
Department of History
HH 490
wvanvugt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6008

Eric Washington

Eric Washington
Assistant Professor
Department of History
HH 470
emw23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8630

Talk to us

William Katerberg William Katerberg
Department Chair
Dir. Mellema Program
Department of History
HH 472
wkaterbe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6047

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