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 BA/MA program begin graduate courses during the first semester of their senior year. To complete the program, students will have to earn a total of 27 credit hours during their senior year and graduate career. Nine of those hours can count towards both the undergraduate major and the graduate degree.  No graduate courses will be taken during the freshman, sophomore, or junior years.

Pre-requisites: Students in the combined degree program begin their senior year with 27–30 total credits in their History major.

During your senior year:

  • Take the required 3-credit introductory-level graduate course (HIST 400) in the fall semester;
  • Take an additional 6-credits of graduate classes in the fall or spring semesters:
    • One of these courses should be one of the two approved undergraduate seminars: HIST 397: History Honors Tutorial (fall) or NLUS: Newberry Library Seminar (spring)
    • The other 400-level course can fulfill the 300-level requirements or electives for the major toward the BA and your Master’s Degree

During your graduate year:

  • Take 18 credits: three graduate courses in the fall semester and three in the spring semester. One of those courses should be a 500-level seminar;
  • Take your qualifying examination at the end of the spring semester.

Please note: Only 9 hours can be completed during your senior year. All other graduate courses MUST be taken during the graduate year.

Research Tool Requirement

All students must demonstrate competence in one research skill (e.g., oral history, digital humanities, or a reading knowledge of a foreign language) appropriate to their major field. 

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 103: American Pluralism
  • HIST 104: Global History Since 1500
  • HIST 309: 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 291: Historical Methods
  • HIST 334B: The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century Genocide
  • HIST 310A: The Medieval World, 1100–1500
  • HIST 356: Mexican History from Ancient to Modern Times
  • HIST 376A: History of the American Indian
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 442: Women and Gender History: USA (BA credit)
  • HIST 450: Nineteenth-Century US History
  • HIST 461: Twentieth-Century US History
  • HIST 492: US Local History (BA credit)
Fifth year
(18 credits toward the MA degree; total of 27 credits for MA)
  • HIST 451: History of the American West
  • HIST 479: Public History Media (minor field)
  • 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 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 102: The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions Since 1600
  • HIST 104: Global History Since 1500
  • HIST 309: 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 334B: The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century Genocide
  • HIST 376A: History of the American Indian
  • HIST 310A: The Medieval World, 1100–1500
  • HIST 355: The Caribbean and Central American in Colonial and Modern Times
  • HIST 291: Historical Methods
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 103: American Pluralism
  • HIST 104: Global History Since 1500
  • HIST 318C: 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 334B: The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century Genocide
  • HIST 376A: History of the American Indian
  • HIST 310A: The Medieval World, 1100–1500
  • HIST 356: Mexican History from Ancient to Modern Times
  • HIST 291: Historical Methods
Fourth year
(6 credits toward the major—36 total; 9 toward the MA degree)
  • 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 398: History Internship (counts toward Honors designation for History BA)
  • 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.