Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 Schedule of Upper-Level Undergraduate History classes:

See below for descriptions of individual upper-level classes.

  • Instructor: Dr. Gross-Diaz
  • TuTh, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Description: Who were the Vikings? We will begin with the political and cultural impact of Viking raids across Europe and the Middle East, then explore their social structure, material culture, economy, religion and value systems, taking into account the changing attitudes of modern historians and pop culture towards the Viking phenomenon. Short analytical papers, quizzes and interactive assignments will give you opportunities to work directly with the literary and material primary sources.

  • Instructor: Dr. Dennis
  • TuTh,2:30 - 3:45 pm

Description: Against the background of political and social developments such as the Napoleonic Wars, the Restoration, the Revolution of 1848, the unification of Germany, the German Empire under Bismarck and Wilhelm II, and the events leading to the First World War, we will explore responses to these issues by leaders in German cultural life--which constitute initial responses to the conditions of our own lives!  All of this will be done in a "blended" course format. It will involve independent study of online lectures (allowing you to go through them on your own time, at your own pace) combined with discussion of these lectures with the professor. As a 200-level class, research papers are not required, though they can be done for extra credit.


  • Instructor: Dr. Gorn
  • TuTh, 4:15 - 5:30

Description: 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.


  • HIST 299-01W, TuTh 8:30 am - 9:45 am, Dr. Kaufman
  • HIST 299-02W, TuTh 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Dr. Stabler Miller
  • 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. Donoghue
  • Schedule: TuTh, 11:30 - 12:45

Description: This course has three main objectives. The first is to study the history of anti-immigrant politics, or nativism, in the United States. The second uses historical perspective to analyze the resurgence of nativism in twenty-first century America. The third, honoring Loyola’s mission to unite higher education with the pursuit of social justice, explores how struggles against nativism in the past might inform our own efforts to resist it in the present.

This course uses canonization, the process by which the Catholic Church recognizes saints, to explore change over time in the history of both the Catholic Church and the United States. Drawing upon a cast of characters that includes saints and sinners, martyrs and missionaries, patriot priests and unruly women, we will explore how conceptions of sanctity and holiness have been shaped by popular devotion, papal power, gender, race, sexuality, nationalism, and commercialization. 

Offered by the History Department and Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, the course will also count toward the Catholic Studies Minor.

Professor Cummings is a professor at Notre Dame, visiting as the Teilhard Fellow with the Hank Center. Click on the link above for information on her research and teaching at Notre Dame.

  • Instructor: Dr. Lorenzini
  • Schedule: Th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm


  • Instructor: Dr. Stabler Miller
  • TuTh, 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Description: This course explores the lives of medieval women from 500-1500 CE. While paying close attention to medieval ideas about gender and sexuality (expressed in law, literature, sermons, and church decrees), students will examine the experiences of medieval women from a range of backgrounds and social statuses as well as ideas about male and female roles in family life, religion, and politics. Over the course of the semester, students will gain an appreciation for the ways in which women shaped medieval religion, culture, and politics even while existing under the restraints of male-centered ideologies and institutions. Students will understand the limitations and possibilities of source material concerning medieval women while gaining an appreciation for the need to critique, question, and challenge historical “master narratives” that frequently ignore or minimize the experiences and roles of women.

  • Instructor: Dr. Suszko
  • MWF 1:40 pm - 2:30 pm
  • This section is classified as Writing Intensive

Description: 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. Bucholz
  • TuTh, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Description: Interdisciplinary introduction to the history of London during that period when the metropolis 1) dominated the economic, political, social, and cultural life of England as never before nor since; and 2) invented modernity for the Anglophone world.  Through lectures, classroom discussion and the writings of contemporary Londoners and tourists and fictional works in which the city figures, we will encounter the full range of London life, from the splendid galleries of Whitehall and St. James’s to the damp and sooty alleyways of the East End.  Along the way we shall brave the dangers of plague and fire; witness the diverse spectacles of the Lord Mayor’s Pageant and the hangings at Tyburn; and take refreshment in the city’s pleasure-gardens, coffee-houses and taverns.  So, in the words of a famous phrase, "Let’s to London - for there’s variety."


  • Instructor: Dr. Khodarkovsky
  • TuTh 10:00 am - 11:15 am

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. Cardoza
  • TuTh, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Description: 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. Weinreb
  • MW, 2:45 - 4:00 pm

Description: This course is a primary-source based history and analysis of the Holocaust – the systematic mass murder of six million European Jews, as well as homosexuals, communists, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), and other victims during the Second World War. In this course we will study the origins, implementation, and aftermath of the genocide, from the rise of Fascism and Nazism after the First World War to the long-term legacies of the Holocaust for victims, bystanders, and perpetrators. We will also tackle some larger questions that frame our understanding of the Holocaust today, such as: Was the Holocaust unique? How has the Holocaust become so prominent in American life? What is the relationship between the Holocaust and the modern condition?

  • Instructor: Dr. Jones Hemenway
  • Tu, 4:15 - 6:45 pm
  • Cross-listed with WSGS 330 - WSGS 330 is the course you register for.

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.

Outcomes: Students will learn to identify key concepts, thinkers, activists; analyze and critique some of the major works; and develop an integrated understanding of the history of feminist thought, broadly conceived.

  • Instructor: Dr. Searcy
  • TuTh, 10:00 am - 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. Valussi
  • MWF, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
  • Water Tower Campus

Description: Christianity is the fastest growing religion in China, with an estimated 10 to 12 million Chinese Catholics and close to 100 million Chinese Protestants. We will look at the long history of Christianity in China, but also at its contemporary situation: from the relaxation of Communist policies towards religion in the 1980s, to the growth of “underground” churches, to the repression of large and influential Christian communities, and finally to the recent agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese government about ordaining Chinese bishops.

  • Instructor: Dr. Pincince
  • MWF, 1:40 - 2:30 pm

Description: 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. Karamanski
  • TuTh, 8:30 am - 9:45 am

Description: If you thought America was divided today, checkout the 1860s when the country was fighting mad. This class will explore how the institution of slavery, economics, and sectionalism created the conditions for Civil War. The southern slave system and the military campaigns that brought it to an end will be at the heart of the class. We will conclude by reflecting on the memory of the war and how it continues to cast a shadow on American life. The class will also have an opportunity to explore the Civil War sites in the Chicago area.

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

Description: Recent years have witnessed a concerted backlash against theories and pedagogies that challenge one-dimensional experiences in history. Nevertheless, an exploration of the multi-layered experiences of diverse groups of Americans matters—including African American History. In this course, we will explore the varying intersectional experiences of African Americans during multiple critical periods in American History.  We will focus on topics that include black experiences under American slavery, the Jim Crow period, and the "long civil rights" period, which includes  the Black Power movement. If time permits, we will also begin a discussion of the birth of Hip Hop. We will pay close attention to primary and secondary texts, including (where possible) music and the visual arts. We will tackle difficult topics, such as lynching, police brutality, mass incarceration, and sexual assault. Expanding the notion of "politics" to include both partisanship and community activism, we also will seek to explore the various moments of agency that willed African Americans through such difficult periods and trials. Additionally, we'll try to gain  a better understanding of several theoretical frameworks, such as Critical Race Theory and intersectionality. Student assessments will vary accordingly, and may include short responses/quizzes, tests, presentations, book and/or film reviews. Students can expect moderate-level reading and full class participation. Students with a familiarity with the trajectory of American history are strongly encouraged to take this course.

  • Instructor: Dr. Gilfoyle
  • W, 2:45 - 5:15
  • Water Tower Campus



"God made the country and man made the town." William Cowper, 1780

The United States was born in the country and moved to the city. This course examines the transformation of the United States from a simple agrarian and small-town society to a complex urban and suburban nation. Field trips and walking tours are a vital component of the class. Between 1850 and 1950, American urban communities were transformed from "horizontal" cities of row houses, tenements and factories to "vertical" cities of apartments and skyscrapers. From New York's Brooklyn Bridge to Chicago's Sears Tower to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the tower and the bridge epitomized American urbanism, and frequently America itself. Certain themes recur throughout the course of American urban and cultural history which will be focal points of this class: 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 blatant social divisions among wealthy, poor, native-born, immigrant, and racial groups.

  • Instructor: Dr. O'Connor
  • MWF, 9:20 am - 10:10 am
  • Water Tower Campus

This course is a survey of women's and gender history from the colonial era through the later twentieth century in America.  We will be examining the changes in gender roles, ideals, and expectations along with shifts in the relationships between men and women in America during this period.  Additionally, we will identify and explore the impact of political, social, cultural, and economic change on women and men and how these changes and alterations in and to the nation impacted gender roles and behaviors.  As the title of this course indicates, much of the material we will be reviewing focuses on those people and groups that would constitute "wild women" and "gender benders" in American history to have a better understanding of both gender roles and relationships, but also to comprehend and understand American society at a given time. 

  • Instructor: Dr. Dossey
  • M, 4:15 - 6:45 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. Leslie Dossey at ldossey@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