Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Five-Year BA/MA Program

The combined BA and MA degree program in History integrates Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC) current History degree programs at the undergraduate and master levels. The program provides specially selected History majors with the opportunity to more efficiently move through two degrees and thereby jump-start their professional development by completing two degrees in five rather than six years. Graduates of this program are well prepared to pursue a PhD in History, to apply to a professional school, or to seek a teaching position at the post-secondary level.

The combined degree will be available for only the MA degree in History (not the program for the MA in Public History).

To apply to the BA/MA program, a student must:

  1. Be a declared undergraduate LUC History major
  2. Have junior status at LUC based on credit hours earned
  3. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for course work at LUC
  4. Have earned at least a 3.7 GPA in at least five completed History courses at LUC, three of which must be at the 300 level

A student should apply for admission to this program by March 15th of her/his junior year by submitting a transcript, a writing sample, a one-page statement of purpose, and a recommendation from three full-time faculty members of the History Department. Transfer students may apply at the end of their second semester as a junior, or once they have met criteria #4 above. They should submit both their LUC transcript and a transcript from their previous institution. Admission to the program is highly competitive and will depend upon a positive review of credentials by the department's Graduate Program Committee. The Graduate Program Director will coordinate this program, working with the Director of Undergraduate Programs to advise students on their applications and to assure there is no significant overlap between courses completed at the undergraduate and those at the graduate levels.

The Curriculum:

Students in a bachelors/masters program begin graduate courses during the first semester of their senior year, beginning with the introductory course for the program. No graduate courses will be taken during the freshman, sophomore, or junior years. Students in the combined degree program should begin their senior year with 27–30 total credits in their History major. They will take the required introductory-level graduate course (HIST 400) in the fall semester of their senior year and complete 6–9 credits in graduate level courses. These 400-level courses can also fulfill the 300-level requirements for the major or 300-level electives toward the BA degree. Students can take a maximum of TWO of the following undergraduate colloquia, seminars, tutorials or directed studies and simultaneously count them as graduate credit for the 500-level seminar (students who take any of the two of the classes below are prohibited from taking any more 300-level classes):

  • HIST 397H: History Honors Tutorial
  • HIST 399: Directed Study
  • NLUS: Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar (always Spring Semester)
  • HIST 291: Junior Colloquium only counts for undergraduate credit.

Any student enrolled in the combined BA/MA will have to complete one of the two approved undergraduate seminars (HIST 397: History Honors Tutorial or NLUS: Newberry Library Seminar) and a 500-level seminar. The History major also offers a variety of internships and practica for students with particular interests and career goals, including History Internship (HIST 398), a flexible internship program which provides on-the-job experience for majors in adapting their writing and analytical skills to the needs of such fields as new media, museum management, archival preservation, and public relations.

Students in the BA/MA program will have two electives, which may be used to take courses in another department or an interdisciplinary program, such as the Women and Gender Studies Program, which offers graduate-level courses.

Research Tool Requirement

All BA/MA students must demonstrate competence in a research skill (e.g., oral history or a reading knowledge of a foreign language) appropriate to their major field. This can also include GIS as an undergraduate elective, or HIST 483—Oral History: Method and Practice. Note: Unlike the regular MA program, BA/MA students may use HIST 483 as part of a minor in Public History and as part of their Research Tool requirement. In other words, students are allowed to "double-dip" this course for two separate requirements.

Sample Programs

Sample program for five-year BA/MA degree (with American specialization):

The student needs to complete 36 credits (12 courses) for the BA, 27 credits (9 courses) for the MA.

First year
(satisfies requirements for Historical Knowledge core and 6 credits for major)
    HIST 101: The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions to 1600
  • HIST 212: United States History since 1865
Second year
(9 credits toward the major; total of 15 credits in History major)
  • HIST 203: American Pluralism
  • HIST 204: Global History Since 1500
  • HIST 324: Shipwreck Archaeology
Third year
(15 credits toward the major; total of 30 credits in History major)
(Student applies to the BA/MA program in the second semester.)
  • HIST 304: The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century Genocide
  • HIST 376: History of the American Indian
  • HIST 311: The Medieval World, 1100–1500
  • HIST 357: Mexican History from Ancient to Modern Times
  • HIST 291: Junior Colloquium
Fourth year
(6 credits toward the major (36 total), 9 credits toward the MA degree)
  • HIST 400: Twentieth-Century Approaches to History (required for MA)
  • HIST 450: Nineteenth-Century US History
  • HIST 461: Twentieth-Century US History
  • HIST 492: US Local History (BA credit)
  • HIST 442: Women and Gender History: USA (BA credit)
Fifth year
(18 credits toward the MA degree; total of 27 credits for MA)
  • HIST 483: Oral History: Method and Practice (minor field & research tool
  • HIST 487: Management of History Museums (minor field)
  • HIST 500-level seminar or HIST 599: Masters Essay
  • HIST 451: History of the American West
  • HIST 479: Public History Media (minor field)
  • HIST 500-level seminar or HIST 599: Masters Essay
  • Student prepares for comprehensive examination at end of semester or summer

Sample program for five-year BA/MA degree (with European specialization):

The student needs to complete 36 credits (12 courses) for the BA, 27 credits (9 courses) for the MA

First year
(satisfies requirements for Historical Knowledge core and 6 credits for major)
  • HIST 101: The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions to 1600
  • HIST 212: United States History since 1865
Second year
(9 credits toward the major; total of 15 credits in History major)
  • HIST 203: American Pluralism
  • HIST 204: Global History Since 1500
  • HIST 324: Shipwreck Archaeology
Third year
(15 credits toward the major; total of 30 credits in History major)
(Student applies to the BA/MA program in the second semester.)
  • HIST 304: The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century Genocide
  • HIST 376: History of the American Indian
  • HIST 311: The Medieval World, 1100–1500
  • HIST 357: Mexican History from Ancient to Modern Times
  • HIST 291: Junior Colloquium
Fourth year
(6 credits toward the major (36 total), 9 credits toward the MA degree)
  • HIST 400: Twentieth-Century Approaches to History (required for MA)
  • HIST 436: Topics in European History, 1870–1945 (counts for BA)
  • HIST 441: Women and Gender: Europe (minor field)
  • HIST 442: Women and Gender: USA (minor field)
  • HIST 433: Modern European Nations (counts for BA, but could count for MA)
Fifth year
(Student prepares for comprehensive examination at end of semester or summer)
(18 credits toward the MA degree; total of 27 credits for MA)
  • HIST 438: History of Modern European Education
  • HIST 491: Modern Europe, 1789–1870
  • HIST 561: Seminar in Women and Gender History (minor field)
  • HIST 410B: Topics in European History
  • HIST 419: English Social History, 1500–1750
  • HIST 500-level seminar or HIST 599: Masters Essay

Sample program for five-year BA/MA degree for undergraduate honors student (with American specialization):

The student needs to complete 36 credits (12 courses) for the BA, 27 credits (9 courses) for the MA.

First year
(satisfies requirements for Historical Knowledge core and 6 credits for major)
  • HIST 101: The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions to 1600
  • HIST 212: United States History since 1865
Second year
(9 credits toward the major; total of 15 credits in History major)
  • HIST 203: American Pluralism
  • HIST 204: Global History Since 1500
  • HIST 319: London 1550–1715
Third year
(15 credits toward the major; total of 30 credits in History major)
(Student applies to the BA/MA program in the second semester.)
  • HIST 304: The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century Genocide
  • HIST 376: History of the American Indian
  • HIST 311: The Medieval World, 1100–1500
  • HIST 357: Mexican History from Ancient to Modern Times
  • HIST 291: Junior Colloquium
Fourth year
(6 credits toward the major—36 total; 9 toward the MA degree)
  • HIST 396H: Honors Colloquium (counts for BA, but could be MA seminar)
  • HIST 400: Twentieth-Century Approaches to History (required for the MA)
  • HIST 483: Oral History: Method and Practice (counts for research tool; does not count for MA credit)
  • HIST 397H: History Honors Tutorial (counts for BA, but could be MA seminar)
  • HIST 442: Women and Gender History: USA
  • HIST 461: Twentieth-Century US History
Fifth year
(18 credits toward the MA degree; total of 27 credits for MA)
  • HIST 451: History of the American West
  • HIST 487: Management of History Museums (minor field)
  • HIST 500-level seminar or HIST 599: Masters Essay
  • HIST 479: Public History Media (minor field)
  • HIST 410A: Topics in American History
  • HIST 500-level seminar or HIST 599: Masters Essay
  • Student prepares for comprehensive examination at end of semester or summer.