Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Departmental Requirements for the Major and Minor in History

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, detailed below.

Click here for the Major Requirements Worksheet.

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.

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.

Click here for more information on the History Major and Concentrations.


 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.

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).