Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Spring 2021 Courses

Schedule of Upper-Level, Tier 1, and Tier 2 History classes:

Detailed descriptions of Upper-level classes can be found below.

  • TuTh, 11:30a - 12:45p
  • Instructor: Dr. Bucholz
  • Sample Syllabus: HIST 258 Blood Heresy & Treason - Bucholz
  • Welcome to a course about how England transformed itself from a puny, third rate monarchy wracked by the Wars of the Roses into the most powerful country on earth, defeating Philip II and his Spanish Armada, humiliating Louis XIV of France, and inventing, by way of several revolutions (Reformation, Commercial, Financial, Civil Wars, and the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89), what some have called the first modern society.  Along the way, we shall meet such intriguing personalities as Richard III, Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, Nell Gwynn, and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.  You will never forget them.
  • Instructor: Dr. Dennis
  • MWF - 10:50a - 11:40a
  • History 267B covers the central role of Germany in the modern world, including its politics and culture! Not only was Germany at the center of the First World War, the rise of Totalitarianism, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Cold War--German writers, artists, composers, and filmmakers responded to all of these developments by constructing modernist responses to modernity.
  • Powerful literature, art, music, and films provide the best way to feel the impact of 20th-century history, and this course will raise your understanding of all these. Works addressed include All Quiet on the Western Front, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Mein Kampf, Triumph of the Will, Survival in Auschwitz, The Marriage of Maria Braun, and The Life of Others.
  • As a 200-level course, research papers are not required, though they can be done for extra credit.



  • Instructor: Dr. Johnson
  • TuTh - 8:00a - 9:15a
  • Discussion of global warming in recent decades has drawn attention to the role of climate in human affairs.  This course explores how both natural and anthropogenic climate change has shaped human history, from the emergence of homo sapiens to contemporary geopolitics.  We examine both instances of vulnerability and resilience in the face of climate shocks. 
  • HIST 279E-01W counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement.
  • Instructor: Dr. Gorn
  • TuTh, 3:00p - 4:15p
  • American Icons explores American culture during the last century with a special emphasis on popular culture.  Who are our heroes and why?  Which iconic events, moments, or episodes help us understand American history?  How do films, fiction, music, etc. express the values and aspirations of Americans?  Lectures, discussions, readings, short essays, exams.
  • Instructor: Dr. Dossey
  • TuTh, 9:45a - 11:00a
  • Discover how the inhabitants of these two Roman cities died -  and how they lived. Reconstruct the lives of the slaves and masters, men and women, prostitutes and gladiators, as we study their graffiti, letters, excavated houses, and skeletons.
  • (R) - Research Course: Students will have the opportunity to write a research paper appropriate for submission as part of a History Major Portfolio.
  • Instructor: Dr. Stabler Miller
  • TuTh, 11:30a - 12:45pSometimes termed the “Age of Faith,” the Middle Ages (c. 500 to 1500 CE) are also regarded as an age of violence, persecution, and religious intolerance. To what extent was this period truly an “Age of Faith”?
  • What were the limits of belief? What were the limits of religious tolerance?
  • Why were some medieval Christians condemned to burn at the stake as heretics, while other subversives died peacefully in their beds?
  • In what ways did the process of defining “correct belief” (orthodoxy) depend on definitions of “wrong belief” (heresy)? Who decided? Who resisted, why, and with what consequences?
  • Instructor: Dr. Gross-Diaz
  • MWF, 12:10p - 1:00p
  • Werewolves and shape-shifters. Sorcerers and saints. Angel magic and vampires. The medieval supernatural was a complex and sophisticated otherworld. Magic, miracles, pre-Christian belief-ways, and folk practices reveal to us the manifold understandings that medieval people had of the forces beyond nature.
  • This course in European (mostly) intellectual and cultural history will explore medieval views of the supernatural through literary, artistic, and archaeological primary sources. Secondary sources will include recent scholarship in history, theology, anthropology, and other disciplines.
  • Instructor: Dr. Suszko
  • TuTh, 1:15p - 2:30p
  • Sample Syllabus: HIST 317-001
  • HIST 317-01W counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement.
  • This course covers the period that leads directly into the French Revolution and serves as a survey of the social, economic, and cultural role of Europe in the world of the 17th and 18th centuries. We will discuss the nature of classical absolutism illustrated by the reign of Louis XIV of France, the history of the Netherlands as the leading economic power of the day, the origin and evolution of Prussia, Austria, and Russia. We will bring examples of enlightened reform proposals in Poland and other European states and evaluate various attempts to implement them in practice.
  • Instructor: Dr. Wingenter
  • MWF, 1:30p - 2:20p
  • Need help navigating contemporary debates about nationalism, fascism, antifascism, capitalism, immigration? This course will give you a historical perspective on all that and more – all while exploring a country with a fascinating and contradictory past and present.
  • Learn how Italy became a nation-state at a time when very few of her people considered themselves Italians. Find out how democracy succumbs to fascism, and then learn how fascism is defeated. See a country of emigration become a country of immigration and discover what effects that has on identity and politics.
  • Instructor: Dr. Hajdarpasic
  • MWF: 10:50-11:40
  • Covering southeast European areas once ruled by the Habsburg, Venetian, and Ottoman Empires, the course explores the following issues: the rise and fall of empires; nationalism and nation-formation; Communism and postsocialist transformations; popular culture and politics; and experiences of war, organized violence, and international intervention.
  • Instructor: Dr. Khodarkovsky
  • MWF, 12:10p - 1:00p
  • This course examines Russia’s turbulent path through the 20th century. It begins with the collapse of the Russian empire and its subsequent reincarnation as the USSR, the demise of the USSR in 1991 followed by a short experiment with democracy, and the emergence of Putin's Russia.  The readings in the course will help students to reflect on Russia’s violent past and to understand better its place in the world today. 
  • Instructor: Dr. Searcy
  • TuTh, 1:15p - 2:30p
  • The primary purpose of this course is to examine the development of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa from the 7th century to the 20thcentury. The course will use both primary and secondary source material in order to trace this development. Hence, the course begins with an exploration of how and when Islam entered Africa and how the religion shaped African societies, and conversely how African societies shaped the religion to conform to their individual cultures. Topics such as Sufism, Eschatology, and state formation will be treated.
  • Instructor: Dr. Pincince
  • TuTh, 3:00p - 4:15 p
  • This course will examine the modern history of South Asia. It will explore the history of South Asia with a thematic and chronological approach.
  • Topics covered include the Mughal Empire, regional Indian states and kingdoms, the interaction between South Asia and the world, European colonialism, indigenous collaboration and resistance, reformist and nationalist responses to British colonialism, independence, and Partition of the sub-continent into two independent nation-states.
  • Instructor: Dr. Hunt
  • TuTh, 8:00a - 9:15a
  • Structural Racism in the U.S. has deep historical roots, and this course will dig into how laws, courts, and policymakers have shaped, supported, and sustained racism in the U.S.  We will explore topics thematically, diving into the histories of Housing, Health Care, Immigration, Criminal Justice, and Voting Rights.   Ultimately, we’ll see how the power of governments has long been mobilized in the U.S. to repress and segregate, creating the racial divides we see today.
  • Instructor: Victor Padilla
  • MWF, 2:50p - 3:40p
  • One of every seven people in the nation identifies herself or himself as Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, an ethnic group that accounted for about half the growth in the United States population since 2000. The presence of close to 60 million people of Latin American and Caribbean origins in the United States (18% of the population) has profound implications for the political, economic, social, and cultural future of this country and the sending countries.
  • This course explores the history of these diverse Latinx populations in the United States, beginning with the nineteenth-century wars that brought large portions of Mexico under U.S. control, and tracing the major waves of migration from Mexico, the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba), and Central America.
  • Issues to be analyzed include identity and community formation, resistance to discrimination, issues of labor, race, class, and gender. By the course’s end, students should be able to: understand various frameworks scholars have used in describing the unique aspects of Latinx history, be aware of questions that remain unaddressed, and know how to incorporate this diverse group into the broader story of the U.S.
    • Instructor: Dr. Wilson
    • MWF, 9:30a - 10:20a

This course provides a synthesis of Irish-American history from the beginnings of emigration in the early eighteenth century to the present day. It includes an extended analysis of the conditions in Ireland that led to mass migration and examines the Irish immigrant experience in the United States in terms of arrival and settlement, social mobility and assimilation, labor, race, gender, and politics.

Special focus is given to Irish-American nationalism, particularly the transatlantic support for the Provisional IRA during the Northern Ireland Troubles. There will also be an extensive analysis of the Irish-American contribution to the ongoing peace process in Ulster.

  • Instructor: Dr. Stabler Miller
  • TuTh, 3:00p - 4:15p
  • Each participant will utilize the research skills, historical studies and writing abilities acquired to date to produce a significant paper based largely on historical research in primary sources and bolstered by appropriate secondary sources.
  • Restricted to students in senior standing.
  • Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate historical scholarship, analysis and writing skills.
  • Writing Intensive
  • Requires instructor permission. Contact Dr. Stabler Miller at tstabler@luc.edu.
  • Instructor: Dr. Mooney-Melvin
  • This course provides three hours credit for students engaged in history related internships in the public and private sectors. Students will be able to obtain an internship position, to learn on-the-job from an experienced practitioner in a wide variety of public and private sector settings, to draw links between their present situation and historical research, and to develop critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Engaged Learning: This course counts toward the Engaged Learning requirement for graduation.
  • For information, contact Dr. Mooney-Melvin at pmooney@luc.edu.



  • HIST 101-104: These courses satisfy Foundational (Tier 1) Historical Knowledge
  • HIST 208-213: These courses satisfy Tier 2 Historical Knowledge
  • HIST 250-298: Courses designed for non-majors as well as majors/minors: typically have less intensive reading and writing
  • HIST 299: Historical Methods - required historiography course for History majors
  • HIST 300-399: Courses for students wanting to learn more deeply about a specific subject