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History Major

For students who entered Loyola prior to Academic Year 2022-23:

The History Department is in the process of transitioning to a new curriculum. For most students who entered Loyola prior to academic year 2022-2023, nothing has changed. Continue to follow the major as outlined in the Academic Catalogue

Please note that the note “closed to catalogue year 2022-2023 or beyond” in course descriptions refers to students who are entering Loyola in the Fall 2022.

History majors in Academic Years prior to 2022 - 2023 take a minimum of 13 courses:

  • One 100-level course (HS 101 - 108)
  • Eight 300-level HS courses (one of which will fulfill the second History core requirement). Up to two HS 100-level courses beyond the first core course may be substituted for HS 300-level courses.
  • HS 400 The Historian's Craft (previously knowns as History Methods)
  • Two Special Topics courses (HS 410 - 459)
  • One Seminar (HS 460 - 498)

These courses must include two European history courses, two American history courses, and two non-Western history courses.

Class of 2024 Academic Worksheet
Class of 2025 Academic Worksheet

For students entering Loyola Fall 2022 and after:

History majors take a minimum of 12 courses:

  • Encountering the Past (HS 100)
  • Second History Core (HS 200-299)
  • The Historian’s Craft - Students are encouraged to take The Historian’s Craft in their sophomore year; it provides a foundation for all other HS 300- and 400-level courses
  • Two seminars (HS 460-498)
  • Senior capstone (HS 499)
  • Six electives. Students may take no more than two 200-level courses in addition to the second core, for a maximum of three 200-level courses.
  • History majors may choose an optional thematic track consisting of at least three courses. The current thematic tracks are: 1) Gender and Sexuality; 2) Health, Environment, Science, and Technology; 3) Law, Politics, and Society.

Class of 2026 Academic Worksheet

Complete information about the major can be found in the Academic Catalogue


What's New

Visit Student Planning for a list of the courses offered by the History department in Fall 2023. Students wishing to register for a closed (full) course must visit the Academic Advising Website and submit a course override request form (the link will be on the page under Fall 2023 Course Override Requests) requesting an override. Please do not submit your request directly to the course instructor or to the Department Chair. All course overrides are reviewed by the department chair and are only approved if there are extenuating circumstances. The override request will not be processed if there is a time conflict with your existing schedule, you do not have 6th course permission from your advisor, or if there is a financial hold on your account.