Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

History Major Portfolio Requirement

Every history major must build a portfolio over the course of his/her undergraduate studies. The student must upload the TWO required documents listed below by Friday of the last week of classes prior to graduation. 

For students graduating in December 2021, portfolios are due by Friday, December 10, 2021. For those graduating in May 2022, portfolios are due by Friday, April 29, 2022.

The portfolio can be submitted using the form at this link.

If you have questions, please contact Undergraduate Program Director Tanya Stabler Miller at tstabler@luc.edu.

Required Documents

1. A historiographical essay (typically a paper from HIST 299). This paper must both summarize and evaluate historians’ principal arguments about a particular topic.

2.  A 300-level Research Paper with a bibliography. This paper --- a minimum of 15 pages, usually from a 300-level course --- makes use of both primary and secondary sources to prove a historical thesis. All good historical writing has a thesis that the author seeks to establish through interpretation of the primary source evidence.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  • YES: All graduating History majors are required to submit a portfolio.
  • NO: The papers do NOT need to be the original copies with your instructor's comments on them. In fact, we prefer that you submit a clean copy. Be sure to indicate the course for which you wrote the paper and the semester in which you wrote it.
  • NO: The portfolio is NOT graded. As long as you make your best effort to turn in the required items, you will meet the portfolio requirement.

The portfolio you submit both showcases your best work and helps those of us who teach in the History Department. We use it to assess how well we are achieving the goals that we have set for the History major.

Do your best to submit items that meet the requirements of the portfolio. Start on this process early in your History career. Ask your professors if a given paper, in which you take pride, fulfills one of the requirements. We do realize that you might not have a certain type of paper. Again, by keeping your eye on the requirements throughout your undergraduate years of study, you can think about ways to fill a given gap.

If you have questions, please contact David Hays, Administrative Assistant, at dhays1@luc.edu or 773-508-2221.