Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Prospective Students

Information for Prospective Students

Overview of Graduate Program Offerings

The Department of History offers comprehensive programs in United States, Public, Modern European, Transnational Urban, and Medieval and Renaissance histories. As one of the first departments in the nation to offer master’s and doctoral degrees in Public History, we strive to meet the needs of today’s students. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching and Public History, but they also have transferable skills that make them excellent candidates for careers in business, government, and cultural institutions.

We offer the following graduate degree programs:

Areas of Program Strengths

American History

We offer MA and PhD programs in 19th- and 20th-Century American History, with specific strengths in Social, Cultural, and Transnational Urban History. The Transnational Urban History concentration builds on the specializations of one of the largest concentrations of urbanists in a single history department in the country. Faculty strengths in this area include urban history, the built environment, labor, the history of sexuality, the history of women and gender, the history of political economy, and the history of popular culture and entertainment.

Public History

We offer MA and PhD degrees in Public History. The department's Public History program is a nationally recognized program and one of the few that fully integrates Public History into the doctoral program. Located in one of the leading cultural, corporate, and governmental administrative centers in the country, Loyola offers its students access to a wide variety of internship and practicum opportunities. Click here for more information.

European History

We also offer a very strong program in Early Modern and Modern European History. Our diverse and notable faculty cover Modern Italian society and politics, Modern German intellectual and cultural history; the British empire and its colonies; Central Europe and the Balkans; Soviet revolutionary society; Modern French culture and society; the Russian empire and its borderlands; Modern French intellectual and cultural history; Polish politics and culture; and British Early Modern history. Additionally, we maintain a strong program in Medieval and Renaissance European History, which covers the broad period c.400- c.1550. Department resources are enhanced by courses offered by the Newberry Library Consortium's Center for Renaissance Studies, of which Loyola is a founding member.


Be sure to look at the faculty pages, and feel free to contact individual faculty members who specialize in areas that interest you. For more information please contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Patricia Mooney-Melvin, or the Director of the Public History Program, Professor Ted Karamanski.

Resources for Prospective Students