HISTORY/PUBLIC HISTORY/BACHELOR OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 39
The Public History track will prepare students for entry into Masters programs in Public History, for employment in local history museums and government archives, for curatorships, and for writing in Public History. Public Historians provide a great service to society through the study and preservation of heritage. A prime example of the work of public historians is our very own Lewis University archive of the Illinois and Michigan Canal, the Canal & Regional History Special Collection. This archive in the Lewis Library preserves the maps, the photographs, and the living experience of the creation of the canal, and the study of the canal is one of many opportunities in the field of public history available for Lewis students.
Students in the Public History track must take Workshops and/or internships in Public History. These Workshops and Internships are important components of this program. The Workshops involve such elements as travel to regional sites, hands-on experience with historical artifacts, and written work which will be assessed by the instructor. Internships at such institutions as The Cantigny War Museum, The Joliet Historical Society, and The I&M Canal Archive have produced successful internship reports as well as positive assessments from the staffs of these institutions. The Public History Portfolio in an additional requirement in this track and will consist of reports written during Workshops in Public History and/or Internships in Public History during the course of the major and filed with the History Department chair. The student will submit a minimum of three such reports.
History majors must select History electives from courses numbered 200 and above. No 100-level History courses, except for Culture and Civilization I and II (09-101 and 09-102), may count toward the 39 credit hours required by the major.