Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

New Major Requirements

Major Requirements - New as of Fall 2018

Minor Requirements - Updated as of Fall 2017

Double Dipping Policy

Requirements for the Major in History

The major in history consists of a total of twelve (12) courses (36 hours) and a portfolio:

Introductory (Core) Courses (2) Two courses, one from each of the following categories:

6 hrs

Foundational Historical Knowledge HIST 101, 102, 103, 104 or HONR 101, 102
Tier 2 Historical Knowledge

HIST 208, 208V, 208X, 208Z, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, HONR 203, 208, 209, 210, 212

Methods Courses * (1)

3 hrs

1 Course History 299 (formerly HIST 291), Historical Methods or INDS 380, Newberry Seminar

*Note: To register for HIST 299, email David Hays, Department Administrator, at dhays1@luc.edu.

For information on the Newberry Seminar, contact Prof. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer at eshermer@luc.edu.

Required Areas (4)

12 hrs

1 Course

Upper-Level Course: Pre-1700 History

(HIST 250-259, 300B, 301-319, 342A, 345A, 345B, CLST 362, THEO 317)

1 Course

Upper-Level Course: Post-1700 European History

(HIST 260-269, 300C, 320-339, THEO 318)

1 Course

Upper-Level Course: U.S. History

(HIST 280-298, 300D, 360-389, ECON 327)

1 Course

Upper-Level Course: World History

(HIST 270-279, 300E, 340-359)

Elective Courses (5)

15 hrs

5 Courses

Any history courses at any level, one of which can be the history internship (398)

(HIST 101-399, CLST 362, ECON 327, THEO 317-318, or HONR 101, 102, 203, 208, 209, 210, 212)

Residency Requirements

  • At least 6 courses for this major must be successfully completed in residence at Loyola University Chicago.
  • At least 4 300-level courses for this major must be successfully completed in residence at Loyola University Chicago.


Using the University’s Taskstream software, every history major must build a portfolio over the course of his/her undergraduate studies. Click here for more details on the Portfolio Requirement.

Optional Concentrations

History Majors have the option to declare a concentration, an area of interest A concentration consists of at least three courses focused on a particular theme. Concentrations are below; students may also build their own concentration in consultation with their departmental adviser.

Concentration Relevant Courses
Law and Government List of courses forthcoming
War & Peace List of courses forthcoming
Teaching History List of courses forthcoming
Gender, Sexuality, & Race List of courses forthcoming
Cultural and Intellectual History List of courses forthcoming
Globalization, Social Justice, & Human Rights List of courses forthcoming
Geographic Concentration Draw on courses which focus on a particular region or country, for example Eastern Europe or Asia
Time Period Concentration Draw on courses which focus on a particular time period, for example Medieval Europe or 19th Century U.S.


Requirements for the Minor in History

The minor in history, in conjunction with a major in a related field will provide historical background desirable for a well-grounded liberal arts degree, the preferred background for admission to most professional programs.

Total number of hours: 18

Introductory (Core) Courses (2)

Any two of the following: History 101, 102, 103 (203), 104 (204), 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, or 213

Required Areas—Two (2) 300-level courses

Choose two from: HIST 300-389; CLST 362; ECON 327; THEO 317-318

Electives: Any two additional 3-hour classes

Two (2) other 3 hour classes.  These can be introductory (History 100-Level & HIST 200-Level), Upper-level (History 291, History 300-Level or CLST 362; ECON 327; THEO 317-318).