Loyola University Maryland

Department of History


The History major at Loyola combines rigorous study with close interaction between students and faculty. The focus of the History department is to teach not just the "facts" of history, but the patterns and interpretations as well.

The department emphasizes the skills of research, analysis, argument and writing. In addition to classroom contacts, events such as departmental lectures and colloquia help to keep History majors, minors and faculty current with each other's work and concerns.

Dr. DeVries Webseries

In October Dr. DeVries along with Prop Master Larry Zanoff fact check battles scenes from a variety of movies and analyze their historical accuracy and use of weaponry.

DeVries vanity fair webseries

Spring 2020 New Courses

The History Department is offering some new classes this Spring. 



Dr. Ross's book was published this summer. Public City, Public Sex traces the relationship between prostitution, homosexuality, and urban change in nineteenth-century Paris.

andrew ross book cover public city public sex

Dr. Kelly Devries has just been asked to advise UNESCO World Heritage on some medieval sites. Check out this Loyola Magazine interview about Dr. Devries's work!

History is not a Useless major: Fighting Myths with Data

The American Historical Association has an article on the benefits of being a History Major. 

2019 Whiteford Medal

The 2019 Whiteford Medal in History winner is Phoebe Labat. The Whiteford Medal is the oldest among Loyola's department medals. In 1888 the Whiteford family - benefactors of Loyola University and St. Ignatius Church - endowed a gold medal to be awarded each year for the best essay on a predetermined historical subject as selected by the Dean. At some point, responsibility for the prize shifted to the history faculty. Reflecting on it's origins, the award recognized a graduating senior history major who achieved an outstanding grade point average in history and whose research papers and written work give promise of noteworthy contributions to scholarship. Please join us in Congratulating Phoebe!

Phoebe Labat



David Carey, Jr., Ph.D., named a Guggenheim Fellow

David Carey, Jr., Ph.D.

To read more about Dr. Carey's fellowship, please see the following article



Emma Cogan

Emma Cogan

Emma’s undergraduate experience at Loyola formed the basis for her work in human rights and public health