Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

PhD Degree Requirements

PhD Requirements by Track

Required Coursework

History 400 3 hours
Two 500-level research seminars (one must be in major field) 6 hours
Six major field courses 18 hours
Three courses in first minor field 9 hours
Three courses in second minor field 9 hours
Directed Study/Electives 12 hours
Dissertation Proposal Seminar 3 hours
Total60 hours

Additional Requirements for Degree Completion:

  • Two Research Tools*
  • Major Field Examinations (take-home essays; pass/fail)
  • Minor Field Examination (take-home essays; pass/fail)**
  • Major Field Oral Examination (pass/fail)
  • Dissertation Completion and Oral Defense

*Note: For students with a United States major field, at least one tool must be within public history.

**Note: Students in the Accelerated PhD Track only take one minor field exam.

View Graduate Program Handbook for more details

Required Coursework

History 400 (if equivalent not taken for Master's degree) 3 hours
One 500-level research seminar (must be in major field)  3 hours
Four major field courses 12 hours
Three minor field courses 9 hours
Directed Study/Elective 3 hours
Dissertation Proposal Seminar 3 hours
Total33 hours

Additional Requirements for Degree Completion:

  • Two Research Tools*
  • Major Field Examinations (take-home essays; pass/fail)
  • Minor Field Examinations (take-home essays; pass/fail)
  • Major Field Oral Examination (pass/fail)
  • Dissertation Completion and Oral Defense

*Note: For students with a United States major field, at least one tool must be within public history.

View Graduate Program Handbook for more details

Required Coursework

HIST 400 (if equivalent not taken for Master's program) 3 hours
One 500-level Research Seminar (must be in US History field) 3 hours
Six US History field courses 18 hours
Six Public History field courses 18 hours
One additional Public History course (must be 483, 492, or 581) 3 hours
Directed Study/Electives 12 hours
Dissertation Proposal Seminar 3 hours
Total60 hours

Additional Requirements for Degree Completion:

  • Two Research Tools (one foreign language and one special skill)
  • Public History Portfolio Requirement
  • Two-hour Public History Field Oral Exam (pass/fail)
  • US History Field Examinations (take-home essays; pass/fail)
  • US History Field Oral Examination (pass/fail)
  • Dissertation Completion and Oral Defense

View Graduate Program Handbook for more details

PhD Degree Completion Forms