Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Fall 2021 Courses

Fall 2021 Schedule of Upper-Level, Tier 1, and Tier 2 Undergraduate History classes:

Fall 2021 History Poster

Detailed descriptions of Upper-level classes are below.

  • Instructor: Dr. Dossey
  • MWF, 12:10 - 1:00 pm

This course examines the interaction between Romans and the so-called "barbarians" such as the Goths, Huns, and Arabs from the 2nd to the 6th centuries CE. We will address issues such as the late Roman military and its relative strength compared to enemy forces, the movement of peoples; the role of refugees and integration of immigrants, the creation of ethnic identities, and the effects of modern attitudes on interpretations of barbarians; As part of the course, you will have the chance to create a barbarian or Roman persona, from whose perspective you'll tell a multimedia story (either physical or online) that shows objects, weapons, buildings, foods, and other things representative of his or her ethnic group, narrating a crisis he or she experienced.

  • Instructor: Dr. Stabler Miller
  • TuTh 9:45 - 11:00 am

This course will trace the history of medieval and early modern ideas about nature, magic, demonology, and witchcraft, exploring the history of reason and rationality, elite and popular culture, persecution and society, and the intersections between Magic, Science, and Witchcraft.

  • Instructor: Dr. Dennis
  • TuTh, 1:15 -2:30 pm

This course will investigate intellectual and cultural responses to major events of nineteenth-century German history, including the Napoleonic Wars, the Restoration, the Revolution of 1848, the unification of Germany, the German Empire under Bismarck and Wilhelm II, and events leading to the First World War.

  • Instructor: Dr. Donoghue
  • TuTh, 8:00 - 9:15 am

Iconic outlaws of the silver screen, pirates have long sustained the American dream of living dangerously. But the real history of piracy reveals something even more fascinating -that far from turning to a life of lawlessness, pirates created an alternative society to deliver rough and ready justice to the enemies of all “men of spirit.” In the process, pirates presented a challenge to both imperial power and profits in the inaugural age of global capitalism. This course will reveal that pirates played leading parts in a real historical drama, one that was more dramatic and important than most people have imagined.

  • Instructor: Dr. Johnson
  • TuTh 9:45 - 11:00 am
  • HIST 297E-01W is being taught as a Writing Intensive Class
  • Cross-listed with ENVS 297-01W

- How did we kill off the passenger pigeon?
- Why do many Native Americans hate national parks? Why did white environmentalists used to hate Native Americans, but now love them?
- What did environmentalists in the 1970s think a sustainable society would look like?
- Why are the air and water cleaner now than when your parents were born?
- Is there hope that we can solve the climate change crisis?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this ground-level romp through United States history.

  • HIST 299-01W, TuTh 1:15 - 2:30 pm, Dr. Hajdarpasic
  • HIST 299-02W, TuTh, 8:00 - 9:15 am, Professor Schloesser
  • Both sections of History 299 count toward the Writing Intensive requirement
  • Open to History Majors - contact David Hays at dhays1@luc.edu to register or for more information.
  • Dr. Gross-Diaz
  • TuTh, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

We will explore the later European Middle Ages thematically. Using primary and secondary sources, we will follow developments in urban culture; pilgrimage and Crusade; the creation of the university; the rise (and fall?) of the papacy; effects of the bubonic Plague; global contacts; religious unrest; the Hundred Years’ War; and the rise of science. A ‘manuscript day’ at the Newberry Library is tentatively planned.

  • Instructor: Dr. Bucholz
  • TuTh, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • History Majors in HIST 318B will have the opportunity to write a research paper that meets the History Portfolio requirements for a 300-Level paper.

This is a course in the social and cultural history of Early-modern England. While not unaware of the political and constitutional developments of the Tudor and Stuart periods, it proposes to concentrate upon those enduring beliefs and continuing realities that formed the background to the lives of the great mass of the common people. It will focus, in particular, upon the tension between how early modern English men and women saw their world (ordered, hierarchical, stable, divinely sanctioned) and what their world was actually and increasingly like (disordered, socially mobile, unstable, secular). This tension will be explored through reading and critical discussion of the best and most recent work in demography, iconography, family history, women’s history, and the histories of material culture, popular culture, religion, education, and crime. Thus, students enrolled in this course will be exposed not only to current work on an interesting and important subject, but also to a wide variety of historical methodologies as well as the preoccupations and techniques of related fields such as anthropology and art history.

  • Instructor: Dr. Khodarkovsky
  • TuTh 1:15 - 2:30 pm

Is Russia "a riddle wrapped in a mystery" as the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously described it? A state driven by "messianic expansionism" according to the Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov? "A civilization stuck between apocalypse and revolution," in the words of the 20th century Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev? Or is it simply a space defined by its vast size, imperial ideology, intertwined cultures, cohabiting civilizations, and deeply traumatized people?

  • Instructor: Dr. Suszko
  • MWF 1:30 - 2:20 pm

The extraordinary popularity that nationalism has enjoyed over the last centuries among European as well as non-European societies makes it necessary to study this phenomenon in great detail. The course will begin by tracing the origins and various forms of nationalism, continue with the establishment of nation-states, and end with a discussion of various national, ethnic, and migration issues that dominate European and world politics today.


  • Instructor: Dr. Cardoza
  • TuTh, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

George Santayana’s assertion that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" is a timely warning in the current political climate. The recent surge of right-wing populist nationalist movements in Europe and the United States has sparked a renewed interest in fascism as a political phenomenon. My course seeks to locate these new developments in a larger historical context by exploring the rise and evolution of actual fascist movements and regimes from their inception in the early twentieth century to the present. In this fashion, students will learn about fascism’s defining features, which have distinguished it from other political ideologies, parties, and regimes, including other authoritarian/totalitarian dictatorships in the twentieth century.

  • Instructor: Dr. Jones Hemenway
  • W, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Cross-listed with WSGS 330

This course focuses on the history and development of feminist thought and activism since the late eighteenth century. Attention goes beyond just U.S. and European feminist history, exploring Indigenous, Black, and postcolonial feminism to investigate their unique feminist ideas and the challenges they pose to "traditional" feminist thought and action.

  • Instructor: Dr. Valussi
  • MWF 12:10 - 1:00
  • Held at Water Tower Campus

Learn about Chinese Modern History at the movies! War, passion, intrigue, love, death... all of this and more will be the topic of Chinese Modern History through Film. In this course, we will discuss momentous changes in Chinese Modern and Contemporary History, from the fall of the Qing dynasty, through WW2, the civil war, the communist era, and contemporary capitalist society through the lens of movies and documentaries. We will approach historical and contemporary topics from the point of view of filmmakers and documentarists and we will use historical documents in conjunction with the films so students can judge their accuracy and learn how to approach historical films critically.

  • Instructor: Dr. Pincince
  • MWF, 2:50 - 3:40 pm

This course explores the historical processes of anti-colonial resistance and decolonization in the twentieth century. The end of modern colonialism and the emergence of new nation-states in Africa and Asia mark one of the most significant transformations in modern history. In an examination of late (or “New”) imperialism at the end of the nineteenth through the twentieth century, this course will consider the ways in which imperial agents justified their subjugation of colonized peoples and the multi-pronged ways in which colonial objects came to resist and end colonial rule.

  • Instructor: Dr. Fraterrigo
  • TuTh, 11:30 - 12:45 pm

This course examines changing values, practices, and beliefs in the twentieth-century United States as expressed through various forms of popular amusement. Among the issues the course will consider are the creation of cultural hierarchy; the foundations and diffusion of a consumer ethic; constructions of race, gender, and sexuality; the processes by which audiences make meaning; the roles of technology, the marketplace, and the law in shaping cultural expression; how struggles for visibility, access, and power have played out in the realm of popular culture; and the impact of new cultural forms and modes of communication on politics and public discourse in the United States. 


  • Instructor: Dr. Shermer
  • TuTh, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

This course broadly explores the making of American law and public policy since the Civil War.  Students will investigate efforts to obtain social and economic justice, maintain both law and order, and create meaningful change in both state ways and folkways. Outcomes include a deeper understanding of how laws have been passed and public policy has been crafted. Students will also come to understand how laws and policies have been implemented, continued, reformed, and, in some cases, repealed over time.

History majors will have an opportunity to write a paper that would satisfy the History Portfolio 300-Level Research Paper requirement.

  • Instructor: Dr. Lorenzini
  • Th 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Beyond Nonna, Mobsters and Deep Dish Pizza: The History of the Italians in Chicago, Then and Now

Explore how Italian immigrants made their way to Chicago, facing hardships and triumphs from the early days to the present. In this course you will quite literally be taken on a journey through the Italian American experience of Chicago, as you follow the Italian immigrants' footsteps, read their stories, hear their voices, touch their artifacts and of course taste their food.

  • Instructor: Dr. Searcy
  • TuTh, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

History of Islam in the African American Experience. This course traces the development of Islam in America from the perspective of those individuals of African descent. Hence, the course begins with an exploration of how Islam entered West Africa and how the religion shaped West African societies prior to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Issues such as how Islamic identity was maintained in the face of slavery and how and if African-American Muslim communities differ from their emigrant counterparts will be treated. Furthermore, we will delve into the evolution of Black Nationalist groups such as the Moorish Science Temple, United Negro Improvement Association, Nation of Islam and Ansar Allah Community and their effect on the Islamization of the black consciousness in the 20th century. The course will end with an analysis of the influence of Islam on the African-American identity in relationship to popular culture, especially with regard to the popular discourse of music and language in the 21st century.

  • Instructor: Dr. Nickerson
  • MWF, 10:50 - 11:40 am

From the very beginning American history has been marked by impulses to reform and rebel.  This course examines the movements and altercations produced from these tensions from the war for independence to the 1960s, with particular focus on anti-slavery politics, feminism, labor radicalism, populism, and campaigns for racial and economic justice.  In addition to studying the origins, formation, and outcomes of movements, we will evaluate how gender, class, and racial dynamics created the circumstances for reform and rebellion.  Readings, lectures, films, and class discussion will serve as the basis for examining conflicting views of movement history.

  • Instructor: Dr. Gilfoyle
  • W, 2:50 - 5:20 pm
  • Water Tower Campus

Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders. (Carl Sandburg)

From poetry to politics, even the nicknames evoke the complicated history of the region now called Chicago: "The Second City," "the Windy City," "the City of the Century," "city on the make" (Nelson Algren), Urbs in horto - "City in a Garden," Ubi Est Mea - "Where's mine?" (Mike Royko), and "the gargantuan abattoir by Lake Michigan" (H.L. Mencken).  Between 1600 and 2021, the Chicago region evolved from an area filled with Native American settlements to one of the three largest urban metropolitan regions on the North American continent.  This courses examines that evolution by focusing on major themes in American urban history related to Chicago: the interaction of private commerce with cultural change; the rise of distinctive working and middle classes; the creation and segregation of public and private spaces; the formation of new and distinctive urban subcultures organized by gender, work, race, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality; problems of health and housing resulting from congestion; and the building of the physical city, Field trips and walking tours during class time will be a vital component of the class.

Students will be able to demonstrate historical knowledge of Chicago’s history, improve their writing ability, and develop critical thinking and communication skills.  This course fulfills the theory requirement for the urban studies minor.

  • Instructor: Dr. Gorn
  • TuTh, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

This course explores recent American history through life stories.  We cover such topics as working-class life, immigration, gender, and so forth.

  • Instructor: Dr. Weinreb
  • MWF, 12:10 - 1:00 pm

HIST 397 is a requirement for taking History Departmental Honors. It is aimed at junior or senior History majors, although advanced sophomores may also apply. The purpose of the course is for students to produce a significant history research paper (~25 pages) based largely on primary sources, though of course secondary sources will be used as well. 

Primary sources are the writings, art, artifacts etc. produced by people living in a particular period. The Chicago area is rich in its primary source archives, which include Loyola's own University Archives and Special Collections, the Women and Leadership Archives, the collections of the Harold Washington and Newberry libraries, the First Division Museum military archives, and the archives of the Archdiocese of Chicago. During the first couple of weeks, we will explore some of these archives, both in Chicago and online, while students create their bibliographies and define their topics. 

Papers may explore any region or time period in history, in some cases building on work the students have done in a previous class. 

At the end, students will present a brief final report at a festive departmental colloquium. Students interested in applying to graduate or professional programs will find this course particularly useful as a way to develop a suitable writing sample. The class will also give you a primary source based research paper to submit to your History portfolio and departmental and university essay contests.

Contact Dr. Alice Weinreb at aweinreb@luc.edu apply or to run by ideas for possible research topics.

  • 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