History Major in Public History / Bachelor of Arts
Total Credit Hours:
Major Credit Hours: 39
The Public History concentration will prepare students for entry into a master’s 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 Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University. This special collection preserves the maps, the photographs, and documents related to the history of the Illinois and Michigan canal and surrounding region.
Students in Public History 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 First Division Museum at Cantigny, the Joliet Area Historical Museum, and the Adelmann Regional History Collection, have produced successful internship reports as well as positive assessments from the staffs of these institutions. The Public History Portfolio is an additional requirement in this concentration and will consist of reports written for 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 20000 and above. No 10000-level History courses, except for HIST 10100 and HIST 10200 Culture and Civilization 1 and 2, may count toward the 39 credit hours required by the major.
I. Core Courses (15)
II. Additional Requirements (24)
A. Choose two of the following U.S. History courses:
B. Select two other U.S. History courses.
C. Select one course in each of the following areas:
European History (3)
Outside Europe and the United States (3)
D. Select two Department of History Electives.
III. Senior Capstone (0)
The Public History major is required to complete the Senior Capstone. This non-credit requirement consists of one researched essay, which will be orally defended by the student in a meeting with the Department of History faculty. The Senior Capstone must be successfully completed if the Department of History is to endorse the student in continuing graduate studies or teaching the subject at the secondary school level.
IV. The Public History Portfolio (0)
This portfolio is an additional, specific requirement in this track and will consist of reports written during workshops and/or an internship during the course of the major and filed with the History Department chair. The student will submit a minimum of three such reports.
V. Advanced Writing Requirement
The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of:
|HIST-20300||Historiography 1: Sophomore Writing Seminar||
|HIST-40300||Historiography 2: Senior Research Seminar||