Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Spring 2023 Courses

Spring 2023 Schedule of Upper-Level Undergraduate History classes:


Instructor: Bucholz
Days/Times: TuTh, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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.

Description: This course covers the most crucial period in the history of England, encompassing the Reformation, The Tudors, the Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, and the rise of Britain as a great power. Major figures featured include Richard III, Henry VIII, Thomas More, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, and Charles II.

Outcome: Students will confront developments significant not just for the British Isles, but across the globe for centuries. Students will hone their critical thinking skills through the analysis of historical evidence.

Sample Syllabus: HIST 258 Blood Heresy & Treason - Bucholz

  • Instructor: Dr. Dennis
  • Schedule: MWF, 11:30 - 12:20 pm

Description: 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. Donoghue
  • TuTh, 1:00 - 2:15 pm

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.

  • HIST 299-01W, TuTh 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Dr. Kaufman
  • HIST 299-02W, TuTh 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Dr. Hajdarpasic
  • 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.
  • Instructor: Dr. Hamilton
  • Schedule: MW, 2:45 - 4:00 p
  • This section counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement in Loyola's Core Curriculum.

Description: In this writing intensive course, we will explore the topic of race as it relates to the educational experiences of African Americans.  We also will draw connections to the experiences other historically marginalized groups, including Indigenous groups, Asian Americans, and Latinx populations. The course will extend from the period of American enslavement—prior to the common school era--through the post-Emancipation period and the establishment of public schools, as well as the pre- and post-Brown v. Board of Education years.  Our exploration will consider educational policy and U.S. law. Please be prepared to manage a moderate reading load, research, extensive writing, and opportunities to consider practical approaches to teaching.  

  • Instructor: Dr. Shermer
  • Schedule: TuTh, 4:15 - 5:30 pm

What resources are there for future teachers wanting to explore the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and class into their classrooms and meet new requirements, like those in Chicago and across Illinois, to teach Asian American, LGBTQ+, Latinx, and African American history? This course is designed for primary and secondary education majors eager to explore what resources there are for K-12 teachers who want to go beyond what’s usually offered in textbooks covering the US since the Civil War. As a class, we’ll bring an intersectional gaze to the standard US history narrative through alternative textbooks as well as digital humanities projects with a bevy of resources for educators. Students will have a chance to assess resources for teachers, craft their own lesson plans, and explore the ways that they can show their future students how the past remains present.

Instructor: Dr. Dossey

Days/Times: TuTh, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

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.  

Description: The two best known Roman towns - Pompeii and Herculaneum - whose remains were preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE - will serve as a microcosm for understanding Roman society. 

Outcome: Students will gain an understanding of how recent archaeological discoveries have changed our view of Pompeii and Herculaneum and learn to "read" such things as dining and bathing rituals, gladiator games, and public and private architecture to gain insight into the structures of Roman social and cultural life.

Instructor: Gross-Diaz

Days/Times: MWF, 11:30 -12:20

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 medieval people’s manifold understandings 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. 

Description: Understanding the medieval supernatural leads to an appreciation of the richness of medieval society and intellectual culture. How were natural and supernatural defined across time and space, popular and elite cultures?  How were ideas about the supernatural shaped by daily life, theology? 

Outcome: Think historically about social and intellectual approaches to the supernatural *Assess arguments; interpret and contextualize primary sources   * Develop research skills and ability to formulate questions

Instructor: Dr. Stabler MIller

Days/Times: TuTh, 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Medieval Europe, in the modern imagination, was either a violent and dreary place or a magical world of knights and ladies. While not always magical or dreary, the Middle Ages developed a courtly culture that fused martial prowess with codes of honor; literary epics about deeds of daring-do as well as love songs dedicate to ladies. It was a society that limited most women’s options while allowing some elite women to become important patronesses of the arts.

This course examines the social function of violence in the medieval world, efforts to control or channel violence via peace movements, and the development of chivalric “codes” and court literature. Specifically, we will investigate the extent to which chivalric ideas controlled or encouraged aristocratic violence; the relationship between violence and courtliness; the extent to which chivalry threatened or strengthened royal government; and the influence of courtly love on gender.


We will investigate the extent to which chivalric ideas controlled or encouraged aristocratic violence; the relationship between violence and courtliness; the extent to which chivalry threatened or strengthened royal government; and the influence of courtly love on gender.

Outcomes: Familiarity with medieval ideas about acceptable forms of violence; understand long-term influence of medieval ideas about love, sexuality, and violence; how to read and interpret medieval literary and social texts.

  • Instructor: Dr. Khodarkovsky
  • Schedule: MWF 11:30 am -12:20 pm

Description: As Russia launched its ruthless war against Ukraine, many are trying to understand Russia and its violent path through history. This course examines Russia’s turbulent journey 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.

Why should I take this class? Explore how two world wars and extreme political ideologies affected this important, but often neglected part of the world. Examine the phenomenon of “Solidarity,” a successful non-violent resistance movement. Discuss such topics as: “old” and “new” Europe, migration, religious, and national identity.

Instructor: Marek Suszko

Days/Time: TuTh, 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Writing Intensive: This section counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement in Loyola's Core Curriculum.

Description: This course offers a historical survey and analysis of the processes of political, social, cultural, and economic change that affected East Central and South-Eastern Europe in the twentieth century. The course will begin with the break-up of multi-national empires and the establishment of nation-states in Eastern Europe and end with the collapse of communism and all its implications for the peoples of the region.

Sample Syllabus: HIST 338B Eastern Europe Since WW1

  • Instructor: Dr. Searcy
  • MWF, 10:25 - 11:15 am

Description: 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
  • Schedule: TuTh, 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Description: 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. Kaya
  • Schedule: TuTh, 10:25 - 11:15 am

Description: The course will focus on the sixteenth century of the Ottoman Empire. We will study the rise of the Ottomans as a global power; relations between the Ottomans and Europe; relations between the Ottomans and other Islamic Empires; global trade routes; religion; and everyday life.

Outcome: Students will develop a good understanding of the impact of the Ottoman Empire on European and other cultures in terms of arts, literature, food, and religion. Students will be able to situate the Ottoman Empire in terms of the early modern world history.

Why should I take this class? Explore the impact of the War on America, learn about the men and women who participated, and examine the challenges associated with a new global community.  Participate in a quest to find traces of World War I in Chicago!

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Time: Tues/Thurs 10:00-11:15am

Description: World War I erupted in 1914 and engulfed Europe. Reluctant to participate actively at first, the United States ultimately entered the war.

Sample Syllabus: HIST 366 World War 1 and American Culture


Instructor: Victor Padilla

Days/Times: MWF, 12:35 - 1:25 pm

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. 

Description: This course introduces the history of Latinx people in the United States from the Spanish Colonial period to the present.

Outcome: students will develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the important roles played by Latinx men and women in U.S. society; the heterogeneity of the Latinx population, including generational, regional, class, and gender divisions; and the formation of transnational immigrant communities.

  • Instructor: Dr. Lorenzini
  • Th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • This class counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement in Loyola's Core Curriculum

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. Nickerson
  • MW, 2:45 - 4:00 pm

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. Wilson

Days/Times: MWF, 9:20 - 10:10 am

Water Tower Campus

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 and Chicago’s role in all these events. 

Outcome: Students will use historical knowledge to develop critical thinking and communications skills about the first large American ethnic minority and its impact on the history of the United States.


Instructor: Dr. Stabler Miller

Days/Times: Tu, 4:15 - 6:45 pm

Description: 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.

  • Instructor: Dr. Mooney-Melvin
  • Engaged Learning: This course counts toward the Engaged Learning requirement for graduation.
  • For information, contact Dr. Mooney-Melvin at pmooney@luc.edu.

Interested in gaining valuable professional experience while also earning three course credits? Want to earn your Engaged Learning Credit by working with institutions engaged in history-related projects? Consider continuing your education outside the traditional classroom with an internship this fall! Internship possibilities include historical associations and societies; oral history projects; museums and halls of fame; entrepreneurial history firms; genealogical services; preservation agencies; and archives and libraries. Interns work for a minimum of five hours per week in an internship position jointly agreed upon by the student and the internship director. Interns are also required to attend seminar meetings, keep a weekly journal, and write a paper related to the internship experience. Want to learn more? Check out these stories of graduate and undergraduate-level history interns and reach out to Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin for more details. 

Description: 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.


  • Instructor: Prof. Delia Cosentino (DePaul) and Prof. Emmanuel Ortega (UIC)
  • Schedule: TuTh, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Newberry Library
  • 6-credit course
  • 3 credits can count as Historical Methods requirement for History Major (HIST 299)
  • Both Writing Intensive and Engaged Learning Credit
  • Visit https://www.luc.edu/history/newberrylibraryundergraduateseminar/ for more information, including a copy of the application.
  • Please email Dr. Shermer at eshermer@luc.edu if you have further questions.
  • Applications are due via e-mail by noon on November 2, 2022. 

Applications for the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar are currently being accepted. This year's seminar is entitled “Inventing Mexico: Maps, Manuscripts, and Materiality, 1521-1921" and will be taught by Prof. Delia Cosentino (DePaul) and Prof. Emmanuel Ortega (UIC). For a full description of the course and further details, visit the Newberry Library's Undergraduate Seminar Website.

Five Loyola undergraduates will be selected to participate in this six-credit interdisciplinary seminar, which also includes students from DePaul, Roosevelt, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The seminar allows students to combine an intensive classroom experience with independent research carried out in the Newberry Library, one of the country's richest archives of primary source materials on history and culture.

The Newberry Library is currently open, and class meetings are expected to occur on site at the Newberry on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 



  • 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