2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Office: Humanities Center, Room 322A
Telephone: 410‑617‑2326
Website: www.loyola.edu/academics/history

Chair: Willeke Sandler, Associate Professor

Professors: David Carey, Jr.; Charles W. Cheape (emeritus); Kelly R. DeVries; Steven C. Hughes (emeritus); Matthew Mulcahy; Thomas R. Pegram (emeritus); Elizabeth Schmidt (emerita); Martha C. Taylor; Joseph J. Walsh
Associate Professors: Charles Borges, S.J.; Katherine Stern Brennan (emerita); Bill M. Donovan (emeritus); Angela Leonard (emerita); Andrew I. Ross; Willeke Sandler; Sara Scalenghe
Assistant Professors: Oghenetoja Okoh
Instructors:  Austin Parks, Brandon Parlopiano

The history major, traditionally a preparation for careers in law, politics, teaching, museum work, business, research, and other fields, trains students to read carefully, communicate effectively, and critically think about current issues. History majors learn how to assess arguments, complete original research, and understand the complexity of a globalized world. It combines rigorous study with close personal interaction between students and faculty. In addition to classroom contacts, departmental colloquia and events 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, as well as study abroad. History advisors will work with students to tailor the most appropriate individual program of study at Loyola. History majors have the opportunity to pursue an optional specialization in the history of gender and sexuality, science, technology, environment, and medicine history, or histories of law, politics, and society. 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.

Learning Aims

Students who graduate with a history major will:

  • understand how to think historically and apply historical understanding to contemporary issues and everyday challenges;
  • understand the diversity of global cultures both in the past and in the present and recognize the ways power relationships in the past have shaped inequality over time;
  • 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, and orally;
  • have an appreciation of the past as a source for reflection on ethical issues and social justice, informed by the Jesuit tradition.




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