Preserve the Lessons from our Past.

Lewis' Public History degree program will prepare you for graduate school and a career as a public historian.

Public historians provide an essential service to our society - the study and preservation of heritage. As a Public History major, you will prepare to work in this growing field - through local and regional history museums, government archives and national heritage sites, in roles including:

  • Historic preservation
  • Museum curatorship
  • Archival science
  • Oral history
  • Historic writing

Hands-on Experience

Our very own Lewis University archive of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, the Canal & Regional History Special Collection will provide you with an up-close-and-personal view of the work of public historians. This archive, located in the Lewis Library, preserves the maps, photographs and living experience of the creation of the canal. Through this on-campus opportunity, along with internships and workshops with other regional sites, historical artifacts and written works, you will be well prepared to help preserve our past and better inform our future.

Student Internship Opportunities Include:

  • The Cantigny War Museum
  • The Joliet Historical Society
  • Naper Settlement
  • The Will County Historic Preservation Department
  • The I&M Canal Archive
  • And more!


For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.

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