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Department of History

Graduate Courses


400 Twentieth Century Approaches to History (Kaufman)
410 Topics:Cities, Health, and the Environment: New Approaches to the European Urban Past (Dossey)
445 Atlantic World (Donoghue)

479 Public History Media (Roberts)
482 Archives & Record Management (Young)
553 Seminar in Modern European (Weinreb)
584 Local History (Mooney-Melvin)

FALL 2014

400 Historiography (Pincince)

410 Material Culture (Fraterrigo)

410 History of Emotions (Rosenwein)

441 Women and Gender: Europe (Weinreb)

483 Public History: Oral History Method and Practice (Manning)

410 Topics in Environmental History (Johnson)

480 Public History: Method and Theory (Mooney-Melvin)

558 American Cultural History (Gorn)




HIST 400-800 Twentieth Century Approaches to History

Th 4:15PM - 6:45PM

Dr. Kaufman
This course focuses on twentieth century historical writing, emphasizing changing interpretive paradigms and innovative methodologies.  It examines the rise of social history and then cultural history as the dominant historical genres and the new focus on previously ignored subjects like gender and sexuality.  In so doing, it also explores the impact on historians of theories and methodologies from other fields, especially the social sciences and literary criticism.  This course should be taken early in the student's program 


HIST 410-800: Topics: Cities, Health, and the Environment: New Approaches to the European Urban Past

M 4:15PM - 6:45PM

Dr. Dossey 

For a long time historians have accepted as a given that city life, in particular, big city life was detrimental to people’s health and damaging to the environment.  Recent work on the modern city has suggested just the opposite: that cities are somewhat healthier and a lot more sustainable than their suburban or rural alternatives.  The goal of the course is to understand where the negative view of city came from and how well it applies to European and American cities before the nineteenth century.   On the human health side, we will be looking at some new evidence (esp. the analysis of human skeletal remains) to assess the relative health of urban populations.   On the environmental side, we will read new approaches to measuring the urban footprint across time (as defined as the amount of land, food, water, and energy to maintain an urban population).  Some of our major questions will include: how new kinds of archaeological and scientific evidence are reshaping our understanding of the urban past; how cultural ideas about cleanliness and health shaped cities’ responses to environmental and health concerns; whether public health and sustainability are compatible, or antagonistic, goals; how spatial inequality (i.e. the slum) affects a society’s willingness to address environmental or health problems.   The readings will cross a range of time periods, comparing the preindustrial city (Roman, late medieval, 17th to 19th century American and European) to the changes brought by industrialization and modern transportation.  The readings will be divided into common readings for everyone and selected readings that reflect students’ own concentrations (Roman; medieval; European; American).   Students will turn in bibliographies at the beginning of each unit and use these readings in their class presentations and take-home exams.  Students will also expand on one week’s theme to write a 12-15 page research paper, combining secondary and primary sources.  



Tu 1:00-3:30 PM

Dr. Schloesser

This research course is being held in conjunction with Loyola University's commemoration of the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Jesuits in 1814. The first several weeks of introductory material will be presented (via Adobe Connect) by historians and archivists in Saint Louis and here in Chicago. Class discussions will be held via Adobe Connect as well with students in Saint Louis and elsewhere. After these initial meetings, students will spend the rest of the semester engaged in individual research projects. Available archival materials include those held in the Archives and Special Collections of Loyola University (including the Women's Leadership Archives of Mundelein College), archives at Holy Family parish and St. Ignatius College Prep(Arnold Damen's original Jesuit establishments in Chicago on the Near West Side), and online archival materials available from the Department of Special Collections at Saint Louis University and Marquette University as well as other locations. Possible topics for research are suggested in the tag index at the Restoration bicentennial's Tumblr site. The semester will conclude with two weeks of student presentations (again, via Adobe Connect) of research findings 

Department Consent Required. Email Graduate Program Assistant at zelmassian@luc.edu 


HIST 445: Atlantic World

Tu 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Dr. Donoghue 

This course surveys indispensable and cutting-edge scholarship in the burgeoning field of Atlantic history.  Course goals include: acquainting students with the field; preparing them for MA and PhD comprehensive examinations; providing historiographic foundations for graduate research in early American and/or early modern British and European history. 


HISTORY 479 Public History: New Media

Tu 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Roberts

This course is an introduction to the role of new media in the service of cultural heritage.  It will focus both on examining the ways that emerging media have affected our historical understanding in the past and present and on developing facilities with emerging media that public history professionals increasingly need to use in the present and future.  In the course of the semester, students will be introduced to the technologies of blogging, digital imaging, digitizing, web design, virtual exhibitions, digital storytelling, and social media.  By the end of the semester, students will have produced a digital portfolio of their work.

Department Consent Required. Email Graduate Program Assistant at zelmassian@luc.edu


HIST 482 Archives and Records Management

We 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Kathy Young

This course introduces students to the theories and techniques of archival administration and services including the selection, arrangement, description, and preservation of records and papers.

The purpose of this course is to introduce, examine and understand core components, concepts and methods of the archives and manuscripts profession.  The course seeks to introduce students to basic theoretical issues and archival principles as well as provide insight into the practical application of these principles.

Student Learning Outcomes:

-           Students are familiar with basic archival concepts and methods.

-           Students understand the history and development of the archives profession and archival and manuscript institutions.

-           Students understand the concept of a “record”.

-           Students are familiar with the core functions of archival work.

-           Students apply archival theory to archival practice.

-           Students are aware of the impact of new technologies on archival functions.

 This course will attempt to strike a balance between theory and practice.  Students will learn how to perform archival functions as well as understand the principles underlying these functions.   

Department Consent Required. Email Graduate Program Assistant at zelmassian@luc.edu 


HIST 533 - Topics in Modern European History

Th 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Dr. Alice Weinreb

This research seminar on modern European history will focus on “Everyday Life” as a topic of historical research. The category of everyday life, emphasizing the varied experiences of ordinary men, women, and children, opens up thematic and methodological concerns that are relevant for historians working on all eras and topics. During the first month of class, we will read a set of articles illustrating different approaches to the history of the everyday. For the remainder of the semester, students will complete an independent research project based on primary source analysis, culminating in an article-length paper.  


HIST 584 - US Local History

M 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Dr. Mooney-Melvin

This course will examine the nature and practice of local history and explore various methods and approaches central to local history research. This course has three objectives: (1) to introduce students to the literature on local history; (2) to acquaint students with methodology critical to local history research; and (3) to conduct research on a local history topic. The course is organized around a particular theme and focuses on a particular geographical area. This year we will examine the nature of neighborhoods and their relationship to the larger urban community. Research topics will explore the communities of Rogers Park, West Ridge, Edgewater, and Uptown.

Departmental consent required. Email Graduate Program Assistant: mostro2@luc.edu





HIST 400 - Historiography

Wed: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Dr. Pincince

This course focuses on twentieth century historiography, emphasizing changing interpretive paradigms and innovative methodologies from early Marxist histories to Post-Colonial, Environmental, and World histories. The course examines the rise of social history and cultural history as the dominant historical genres and the new focus on previously ignored subjects like gender and sexuality.  In so doing, it also explores the impact on historians of theories and methodologies from other fields, especially the social sciences and literary criticism.  This course should be taken early in the student's program.


HIST 410 - Material Culture

Wed: 4:00PM - 6:45PM

Dr. Fraterrigo

This course introduces graduate students to a wide range of approaches to the study of American material culture in its many forms, including homespun artifacts and mass-produced consumer objects, roadside architecture and urban form, the body and fashion, foodways, and the material culture of childhood.  The course will consider the various ways scholars use material culture to "do history", with an emphasis on artifacts as evidence of cultural expression and as products and mediators of social relations.  Department consent is required for this Public History Course. Please email mostro2@luc.edu to enroll.


HIST 410 - Topics in Environmental History

Mon: 2:45pm - 5:15pm

Dr. Johnson

Environmental History expands the customary framework of historical inquiry, incorporating such actors as animals, diseases, and climate alongside more familiar human institutions and creations.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to major concepts, sources and debates in the field so that they are prepared to engage with American environmental history in their own research and teaching.  We consider how the inhabitants of this continent were shaped by nature, shaped their own very different environments, and made sense of these processes. 


HIST 410 - Topics in the History of Emotion

Tues: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Dr. Rosenwein

Emotions, like everything else, have a history.   This course, which can be taken as either a colloquium or a seminar (see note below), explores that history at the same time as it considers approaches to the topic and methods to do research in it.   After a brief overview of current theories of emotions, we will read some old ways of doing emotions history and some new ones that include histories of the United States, Africa, and Europe.  Students will participate in one or more in-class reports on various readings.  Those taking the course as a colloquium will write a book review on a book of emotions history in their particular field.  Those taking it as a seminar will write a research paper and will also present their findings in a mini-conference on the last day of class. 

N.B. This class can count for a 500-level seminar for students graduating in academic year 2014-15 with the instructor's permission and on condition that the final paper is a primary-source research paper.  Seminar credit should be worked out with the instructor and the GPD within the first two weeks of the semester.


HIST 441 - Women's and Gender History: Europe

Thur: 4:15PM - 6:45PM

Dr. Weinreb

This course explores major topical, theoretical, and methodological issues in women's and gender history, including work on the body, feminism, sexuality, masculinity, and the family. We will examine the ways in which this scholarship has influenced the study of core concerns of modern history ranging from labor and empire to to politics and popular culture. While our core texts will be taken from case studies in 19th and 20th century Europe, readings will also draw upon recent scholarship on the United States and the Global South. Thus, students not focusing on Europe are explicitly encouraged to enroll. 


HIST 480 - Public History: Method and Theory

M: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Dr. Mooney-Melvin

This course explores the field of public history with special emphasis on the theoretical and methodological challenges faced when preserving or presenting history outside of a formal classroom environment.  Also under consideration will be the professional and ethical responsibilities of the historian both inside and outside of the university setting.  Students will be able to understand the theoretical and methodological issues of importance to the field of public history, reflect upon ethical issues involved in the collection, curation, and presentation of history, and participate in applied projects drawing upon public history methodologies and presentation modes.


Instructor consent required.  Email Graduate Program Assistant: mostro2@luc.edu



HIST 483 - Public History: Oral History: Method and Practice

Thur: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Dr. Manning


This course begins with a review of the various approaches to oral history and a survey of studies which have depended on it. Students will be asked to design a group oral history project. After testing the design and evaluating their initial interviewing efforts, they will complete the project and interpret the data. Each student will be expected to complete part of the research report as well as conduct one or more interviews


HIST 558 - Studies in American Cultural History

Mon: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Dr. Gorn

Research seminar using primary sources in American cultural, social, technological, intellectual and institutional history. The emphasis will be on the city but will vary according to the instructor.


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