Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

History Major

For students who entered Loyola prior to Academic Year 2022-23:

The History Department is in the process of transitioning to a new curriculum. For most students who entered Loyola prior to academic year 2022-2023, nothing has changed. Continue to follow the major as outlined in the Academic Catalogue

Please note that the note “closed to catalogue year 2022-2023 or beyond” in course descriptions refers to students who are entering Loyola in the Fall 2022.

History majors in Academic Years prior to 2022 - 2023 take a minimum of 13 courses:

  • One 100-level course (HS 101 - 108)
  • Eight 300-level HS courses (one of which will fulfill the second History core requirement). Up to two HS 100-level courses beyond the first core course may be substituted for HS 300-level courses.
  • HS 400 The Historian's Craft (previously knowns as History Methods)
  • Two Special Topics courses (HS 410 - 459)
  • One Seminar (HS 460 - 498)

These courses must include two European history courses, two American history courses, and two non-Western history courses.

Class of 2024 Academic Worksheet
Class of 2025 Academic Worksheet

For students entering Loyola Fall 2022 and after:

History majors take a minimum of 12 courses:

  • Encountering the Past (HS 100)
  • Second History Core (HS 200-299)
  • The Historian’s Craft - Students are encouraged to take The Historian’s Craft in their sophomore year; it provides a foundation for all other HS 300- and 400-level courses
  • Two seminars (HS 410-498)
  • Senior capstone (HS 499)
  • Six electives. Students may take no more than two 200-level courses in addition to the second core, for a maximum of three 200-level courses.
  • History majors may choose an optional thematic track consisting of at least three courses. The current thematic tracks are: 1) Gender and Sexuality; 2) Health, Environment, Science, and Technology; 3) Law, Politics, and Society.

Class of 2026 Academic Worksheet

Complete information about the major can be found in the Academic Catalogue

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