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History

At Lake Forest, history majors work with professors who are both exceptional teachers and active scholars. Faculty members help students develop their skills and find success both in the classroom and after graduation. 

Explore Diverse Topics

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.

Great Career Opportunities

The Career Advancement Center assists in finding internships and transitioning to jobs. A history major offers a wide range of career choices after college, because it develops skills valued by employers in many sectors. 

History majors have the ability to do research, to comprehend and analyze evidence, and to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing. From warfare information officers and global compliance specialists to bibliographers and architects, our graduates find great jobs around the world.

Our alumni have pursued careers in teaching, government, business and much more.

Internships
  • Lake Forest Lake Bluff Historical Society
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Cook County Juvenile Probation Office
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Legal Aid
  • Urban League of Chicago
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Newberry Library
  • World Bicycle Relief
  • Pritzker Military Museum
Graduate Schools
  • Yale University
  • New York University
  • Brandeis University
  • Northwestern University
  • Tufts University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Harvard University
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California

SAAC Members 2019-20:
Kent Beckman, Sarah Coffman, Missy Bryan and Ellerese Topacio. 

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