Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Graduate Program Information

‌Welcome from the Graduate Program Director‌


Welcome to Loyola University Chicago’s History graduate programs. With strengths in Public History, Transnational Urban History, Cultural, and Women's and Gender History within American and European areas of study, the Loyola History Department can help you reach your academic and professional goals through an array of world-class graduate programs. We are proud to offer master's programs in history and public history; a master's program in history and library information science (jointly with Dominican University); and a doctoral program in history and public history.

Led by a diverse and nationally-acclaimed faculty, our curriculum is designed to develop a deep understanding of the human past and to provide students with insight into the world in which they live through a perspective of time and change. Loyola History graduate students also have unparalleled opportunities for learning and exploration outside of the classroom.

Infused by our Jesuit mission, we support study that deepens our understanding of the human condition, reflects a shared commitment to a just and humane society, and puts knowledge to work in the world.  We invite you to check out our faculty, the unique aspects of our graduate programs, and the interesting work of our students and alumni.

Patricia Mooney-Melvin, PhD

 Graduate Program Offerings

The Department of History offers a comprehensive program in United States, Public, Modern European, Transnational Urban, and Medieval and Renaissance histories. As one of the first departments in the nation to offer doctorate and master’s degrees in Public History, we strive to meet the needs of today’s students. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching and Public History, but they also have transferable skills that make them excellent candidates for careers in business, government, and cultural institutions.

We offer a major MA and PhD program in 19th- and 20th-Century American History and concentrations in Social, Cultural and Trans-Atlantic History, and—newly—Transnational Urban History. The concentration builds on the specializations of one of the largest concentrations of urbanists in a single history department in the country. Faculty strengths in this area include urban history, the built environment, labor, and trans-Atlantic history, the history of sexuality, the history of women and gender, the history of political economy and the history of popular culture and entertainment.

We offer Master's and Doctorate degrees in Public History. The department's Public History program is a nationally recognized program and one of the few that fully integrates Public History into the doctoral program. Located in one of the leading cultural, corporate, and governmental administrative centers in the country, Loyola offers its students access to a wide variety of internship and practicum opportunities. We also offer a very strong program in Early Modern and Modern European History. Our diverse and notable faculty cover Modern Italian society and politics, Modern German intellectual and cultural history; the British empire and its colonies; Central Europe and the Balkans; Soviet revolutionary society; Modern French culture and society; the Russian empire and its borderlands; Modern French intellectual and cultural history; Polish politics and culture; and British Early Modern history. (Persons interested in pursuing doctorates in this area should concentrate on Transnational Urban topics.

We maintain a strong program in Medieval and Renaissance European History, which covers the broad period c.400- c.1550. Department resources are enhanced by courses offered by the Newberry Library Consortium's Center for Renaissance Studies, of which Loyola is a founding member. (Persons interested in pursuing doctorates in this area should concentrate on Transnational Urban topics.)

Please study the materials contained in this site carefully. Most questions are answered here. Be sure to look at the Faculty pages, and feel free to contact individual faculty members who specialize in areas that interest you. For more information please contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Patricia Mooney-Melvin, or the Director of the Public History Program, Professor Ted Karamanski

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