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Department of History

Preparing for the future by studying the past

History at Loyola is an integral part of the university’s liberal arts program. As such, it seeks to free the mind from common prejudices and faulty intellectual assumptions through a broad-based study of the human past. Students become familiar with the principal forces of change and adaptation that have marked humanity’s cultural, social, political and economic development.


Departmental course offerings reflect the broad expertise of the history faculty, and treat such diverse areas as American, European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African history, with thematic courses in intellectual, social, legal, political, and military, as well as African-American, Church, women’s histories, and documentary and oral history. Learn more about our academic programs »


Guiding the students’ intellectual formation is a dedicated history faculty made up of professional educators who themselves are engaged in the quest for knowledge through continued research and active scholarship. Learn more about our research »

Faculty Success

Dr. Rian Thum Publishes Essay in Los Angeles Review of Books

The history department's Dr. Rian Thum has penned an essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books, entitled "What is a Uyghur?"  You may access the essay at the following link:  The essay explores, in brief, issues examined at length in Dr. Thum's now-available book, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History (Harvard, 2014).

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Student Success

History Alum receives leadership awards

The Hon. Sean O'Keefe '77 (history), a current trustee of Loyola University and former CEO and chairman of Airbus Group Inc., was awarded the 2014 James Forrestal Industry Leadership Medal by the National Defense Industrial Association.

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Loyola Teacher Certification

Teach Secondary School Science, Math, Language and more

Common Curriculum

The Common Curriculum embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 27, 2015

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