Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Honors Program

The Department of History's honors program is not the same as collegiate honors, and you do not need to belong to collegiate honors in order to participate in this program. Students are invited to apply to the history honors program during their junior year. The qualifications for the program are as follows:

  • History major
  • 3.67 GPA in history courses
  • 3.50 overall GPA

The required GPAs include courses taken elsewhere if the credits have been transferred. The major with History Honors consists of a total of twelve (12) courses (36 hours). History Honors students must:

  • Register for the Honors Tutorial (History 397). The Honors Tutorial is offered only in the Fall Semester. The Tutorial involves writing a research paper, based on primary sources, of about 20–30 pages. The results of this research are presented in a short oral presentation at a gala finale class to which friends, family, and other faculty are invited.
  • Register for either INDS 380: the Newberry Undergraduate Seminar (offered spring only); the Ramonat Seminar in American Catholic History and Culture; or HIST 398, the History Undergraduate Internship (offered fall, spring, and summer).

Here is the honors history major program in schematic form:

Introductory (Core)—Four (4) courses, one from each of the following categories:

3 hrs

European Hist. 101, 102, 106, HONR 101, HONR 102
American Hist. 211 (111), 212 (112), 203 (103), HONR 203
Non-Western Hist. 204, 208, 209, 210, 213
Your choice Hist. 101, 102, 106, 211 (111), 212 (112), 203 (103), 204 (104), 208 (108), 209 (109), 211 (111), 212 (112), or 213

Methods Course (1)

3 hrs

History 291 Historical Methods

Required Areas (4)

3 hrs

History __ 300-Level Pre-1700 European History
History __ 300-Level Post-1700 European History*
History __ 300-Level course in US History*
History __ 300-Level course in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East *

300-level Elective Courses (1)

3 hrs

History__ 300-Level History Course

Courses Required for Honors Program (2)

History 397 Honors Tutorial (writing intensive)

And ONE of the following courses:

History 398 History Internship (Offered fall, spring, and summer)
INDS 380 Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar (spring only)
Ramonat Seminar Ramonat Seminar (6 credit hours; year-long; see Locus for course number)

Portfolio Requirement

Using the University's Taskstream software, every history major must build a portfolio over the course of his/her undergraduate studies. The student must upload the FOUR required documents listed below by Friday of the last week of classes prior to graduation.

History majors are strongly encouraged to save history papers to Taskstream every semester.

*NOTE: Courses 292 and above are considered 300-Level courses.

Please contact Dr. Leslie Dossey (ldossey@luc.edu) and Dr. Alice Weinreb (aweinreb@luc.edu) if you are interested in the Department of History's honors program.