Uncover the Secrets of the Human Experience.
More than just names and dates, history is the entirety of human civilization - past, present and future.
Assistant Curator, First Division Museum at Cantigny
"Lewis University helped me reach my dream of working in the museum world, through an array of classroom opportunities, internships, and workshops. The history department professors challenged me and provided the help and guidance to graduate with high honors, and the skills to succeed in graduate school."
Director of University Ministry, Lewis University
"My history professors at Lewis had a wonderful combination of knowledge, high expectations, personable approach and interesting stories. I learned how to study history at Lewis, a valuable gift for my graduate studies as I naturally asked questions about the author's historical context, pivotal words and the use of language."
Dr. Kurt Schackmuth
Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, Lewis University
"I discovered my passion for history in high school, but I learned to be a historian at Lewis University. In addition to helping me understand the past and the world around me, being a history major taught me an array of skills that I use regularly. I'm a better writer, communicator and thinker as a result."
Social Studies Teacher, Plainfield East High School
"I liked that Lewis was a smaller school, because I wanted my professors to know me by name. The relationships I developed with these professors/mentors still continue to this day. They were instrumental in giving me words of advice and encouragement to keep going when things got tough."
As a history degree student at Lewis, you will study historically significant events, ideas, persons and civilizations - and be prepared to analyze modern-day economic, social and political happenings with deeper clarity and wisdom. Our modern and global curriculum help set the stage for you to graduate as a game-changer, with an intelligent interdisciplinary background in what you believe, why you believe it, and the research and communication skills necessary to make a difference.
Small Class Sizes. 1-on-1 Attention.
Many of your history courses will have fewer than 15 students in them in order to encourage group discussion and debate. Our faculty are experts in their fields of study, and will not only share their passion with you, but help you develop your own, mentoring you throughout your entire experience at Lewis.
High School (6-12) Teaching Certificate
Many of our history major graduates go on to become successful high school history teachers - helping students form logical opinions based on a clear understanding of global events. This program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education and includes all the requirements for a major in History as well as general social studies core courses and Illinois history, preparing students to effectively teach in grades 6-12 in public and private schools in the State of Illinois.
Note: This teaching track option requires a major in Secondary Education.
Non-Education Career Paths
Others use the study of history to develop their analytical, research, and writing skills in preparation for a career in law, business, journalism and more, including:
- Museum curator
- Law enforcement
- CIA /State Department worker
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