Department of History

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.

HIP (History in Progress) Calendar of Events

Department News

  • The history department instituted a new numbering system of their courses, effective with registration of courses for next year.  The new course numbers are now listed on the history course requirements and description web pages, and in the 2014-15 schedule of classes.  Anna Jones, Chair of History, said the department’s course numbers had evolved to the point where they no longer made sense geographically, chronologically, or thematically.  The course re-numbering restores logic to the system.
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    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.
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