About the Program

Our history major offers a variety of courses designed to provide you with an understanding of historical and political processes. You’ll study a variety of fields and be introduced to advanced research, writing and social science research methods. A major in history provides excellent preparation for law school, government work, foreign service and various service industries and institutions.

Hosford History Center

The Hosford History Center and Lawrence Archives was renovated  from a 170-year-old building into a cutting-edge museum and archive with offices, meeting rooms, student workspaces, and a café where history majors can begin working their first year.

As a history and learning center, the space is a hub of activity with a steady flow of students and visitors participating in tours, research and events that all illuminate Olivet’s unique and socially progressive history.


  • Archivist

    An archivist is an information professional who collects, organizes, preserves, controls and provides access to records and archives determined to have long-term value for an organization, foundation or museum.

  • Historian

    Historians are academics and researchers who study events of the past. They obtain historical data from libraries, archives and artifacts, determining the authenticity of historical data and teaching or researching at universities.

  • Library Director

    A public library director is the department head of a city service and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the library. The director acts as the professional/technical adviser to the library board on policy, finances, planning, library performance and more.

  • Lawyer

    A lawyer advises clients and represents them and their legal rights in both criminal and civil cases. This can begin with imparting advice, then proceed with preparing documents and pleadings, and appearing in court to advocate on behalf of clients.

Courses in the Program

HIS 206 - Latin American History
HIS 211 - World History-1500 to Present
HIS 219 - The Modern Middle East
HIS 341 - American Women
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