Office: Humanities Center, Room 322a
Chair: Sara Scalenghe, Associate Professor
Professors: John R. Breihan (emeritus); David Carey, Jr.; Charles W. Cheape (emeritus); Kelly R. DeVries; Steven C. Hughes (emeritus); Matthew Mulcahy; Thomas R. Pegram; Elizabeth Schmidt (emerita); R. Keith Schoppa (emeritus); Martha C. Taylor; Joseph J. Walsh
Associate Professors: Charles Borges, S.J.; Katherine Stern Brennan (emerita); Bill M. Donovan (emeritus); Angela Leonard (emerita); Sara Scalenghe
Assistant Professors: Oghenetoja Okoh; Andrew I. Ross; Willeke Sandler
Instructors: Christopher England, Jane Elizabeth Edwards; Austin Parks, Brandon Parlopiano
The history major, traditionally a preparation for careers in law, business, teaching, museum work, research, and other fields, combines rigorous study with close personal interaction between students and faculty. In addition to classroom contacts, departmental colloquia and lectures held periodically during the academic year keep history majors, minors, and faculty members current with new research and helps foster a sense of community around shared inquiry into past events and issues.
History major and minor requirements are deliberately flexible in order to accommodate a wide variety of other subjects of study. History advisors will work with students to tailor the most appropriate individual program of study at Loyola. A departmental honors project, centered on an extensive research paper or senior thesis, is available to selected seniors. Application is made in the junior year.
Students who graduate with a history major will:
- have an appreciation of both change and continuity across time;
- have a broad understanding of the major developments in the world during the modern period;
- have a more specialized knowledge of particular events, time periods, and places in the United States, Europe, and the non-Western world;
- have an understanding of how historians interpret the past and use and evaluate primary and secondary sources to construct arguments;
- have an appreciation of historical methodologies and the ability to conduct research using library and web-based sources;
- have the ability to craft arguments based on evidence and present those arguments in well-written, analytical essays;
- have an appreciation of the past as a source for reflection on ethical issues and social justice, informed by the Jesuit tradition.