Undergraduate Course Catalog 2005-2006

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The Department of History provides courses in African, Asian, European, Central and South American, and United States history. The History Program offers courses in special topics of interest and internships. To study the record of human experience is to understand the present and to recognize the potential of the future!

Wherever breadth of human knowledge, grasp of the essential, and skill in communication and analysis are valued, history holds a familiar and honored place.

Specialization leads to a variety of careers in the public arena and the private sector. Examples of careers in the public arena include, but are not limited to, education, government agencies and branches, libraries and archives, research and development, and social services. Examples of careers in the private sector include, but are not limited to, banking, communications media, consulting, education, law, museums, research and development, social services and the travel industry. 


Lewis University accepts Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations in European History and in United States History. Students who receive a grade of 3 or higher on an AP exam should submit proof to the chairperson of the Department of History. Lewis University accepts CLEP in American History and Western Civilization. Students who score in the 55th percentile or above on a CLEP exam should submit proof to the chairperson.


The Department of History features a fully approved Social Science with History Designation program that prepares candidates to teach in grades 6-12 in Illinois public schools. The 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. History majors should declare a minor in Secondary Education. See advisors in the Department of History and the School of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.