As a History and Philosophy major at Hastings College you’ll gain the ability to appreciate the interconnections between place, time and thought. You’ll be pushed to read critically and think clearly while analyzing arguments and sharpening your communication skills.

Use the strengths of the two disciplines

You’ll track the relation between historical events and the traditions of thought and investigate the relation between ideas and the milieu in which they emerged — or trace the development that contemporary concepts have followed over time and within and across traditions and locales.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your own questions regarding these interconnections, and to take the lead in exploring possible answers to them by mining the rich resources of these complementary disciplines in your own creative and nuanced ways.

The coursework in this major boosts your ability to study all subjects in the humanities and social sciences, including language, literature, cultural studies and law.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Graduate with experience

Hastings College students take advantage of internships, research opportunities and other real-world experiences that help build a portfolio to prepare for your career or graduate school!

At every stop along your path, you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

All the extras aren't extra

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No-cost study abroad — During your third year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?

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Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.

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iPad  + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!

Get involved beyond the History and Philosophy classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)

In addition to Alpha Chi, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for History and Philosophy majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics are available. The result? Every student receives at least $12,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!).

Success in History and Philosophy

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Friend lives dream job for the summer

Hastings College sophomore Benjamin Friend spent his summer doing his dream job—building a museum in the Wilkie Center at Indiana University. But it wasn’t just any museum; it was a temporary museum…
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Cultural immersion on the Camino de Santiago

Perched on a rocky landscape overlooking a seemingly endless horizon of water, Jenna Jaeger, sophomore biology and Spanish double major, sat quietly meditating after a five-day trek through Northern Spain. The quiet…
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Black ’97 makes history

Joe Black’s workplace, the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska, is like no other. With sites and exhibits spanning 200 acres, the museum takes visitors back in time…