As the collective memory of society, history informs us of the intense human struggles that shaped our past and thereby enriches our understanding of the present. History also reveals a diversity of human experience that is worth pondering for its own sake.
Students in history build a strong foundation in global history and also study in depth particular historical periods from ancient to modern times. In many classes students draw upon historical resources available in Chicago, including the Field Museum and the Chicago History Museum, among others.
History majors have gone on to complete graduate programs at several institutions, including Yale University, New York University, Brandeis University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the University of Virginia.
Our alumni have pursued careers in teaching, government, business and much more.
Four Lake Forest College alumni who majored in history spoke to students about how their studies informed their career paths in law, finance, nonprofits, and teaching. After the panel, students had the opportunity to mingle with the panelists.
The James D. Vail III Professor of American History Emeritus is again serving in the position for the School District of Lee County, Florida. Michael’s stay is sponsored by the Teaching American History program of the U.S. Department of Education. His focus this year is “The Long Civil Rights Movement, 1863 to 2014.” The assigned reading for the teachers enrolled in the program is Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Random House, 2010).