B.A. in History

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  • Course description

    History is more than just names and dates. In fact, history is complex and exciting, with incredible relevance to the present day. Because without understanding our past, we cannot prepare for our future.
    As a history major at Lewis University, you will take courses such as:
    • Culture and Civilization
    • United States Colonial and National History
    • The Emergence of Modern America
    • Historiography

    Understanding history helps us understand ourselves, our nation and the world. Studying history teaches skills in communication, research, analysis and critical thinking, so students of history are better prepared to analyze economic, social and political events.


    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 36

    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 36 credit hours required by the major.

    I. Core Courses (12)
    09-101 Culture and Civilization I (3)
    09-102 Culture and Civilization II (3)
    Choose one of the following History of the United States (3)
    09-320 United States Colonial and National History (3)
    09-322 U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
    09-323 The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1941 (3)
    09-325 United States Since 1941 (3)
    Historiography (3) both courses required:
    09-203 Historiography I: Sophomore Writing Seminar (1)
    09-403 Historiography II: Senior Research Seminar (2)

    II. Select appropriate courses in each of the following areas: (12) United States History (3) European History (3) Outside the European and United States Experience (6)

    III. Four Department of History course electives (12) (Please note: Up to 3 credits in one-hour workshops / courses may be taken.)

    IV. The Senior Capstone. The history major is required to complete the senior capstone. This non-course 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.

    V. The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by history majors through the successful completion of the Historiography sequence (09-203 and 09-403).

    VI. The Department of History encourages the development of customized minors, such as History minors for Criminal/Social Justice majors, Political Science majors, or Economics majors. These 24-credit hour minors must be developed in consultation with an advisor in the Department of History and approved by the chair of the Department of History.


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