History

Whether you are interested in ancient, medieval or modern history, or want to concentrate on American, European or non-Western history, you can find relevant courses with a Bachelor’s Degree in History

The History major at Loras College combines the personal attention students receive at a small private college with a broad curriculum that is usually available only at a large institution. We offer courses that cover every historical period around the globe. Loras places special emphasis on developing academic skills, such as identifying historical problems that need further inquiry, finding and evaluating primary sources and making an original and sophisticated argument based on the critical investigation of evidence. The historical discipline values these skills as central to becoming an historian, and additionally, the ability to work in a learning community and produce new knowledge through the interpretation of primary materials can be applied to many career choices.

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Student Experience

The History program places special emphasis on developing academic skills, such as identifying historical problems that need further inquiry, finding and evaluating primary sources and making an original and sophisticated argument based on the critical investigation of evidence. The historical discipline values these skills as central to becoming an historian, and additionally, the ability to work in a learning community and produce new knowledge through the interpretation of primary materials can be applied to many career choices.

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LORAS PROVIDES A STIMULATING SOCIAL CALENDAR OFFERING STUDENTS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF EVENTS
From clubs and organizations to theater productions, concerts, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs, spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from.

Loras College provides a stimulating social climate for the campus and allows students to enjoy a diverse array of programs and entertainment.

On any given night of the week, students can enjoy a number of social opportunities. From clubs and organizations to theater productions, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs and spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from. In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

HISTORY TEACHING ENDORSEMENTS
History students seeking certification to teach in secondary education have a few options:

  • U.S. History endorsement
  • World History endorsement
  • All Social Studies endorsement

HISTORY MAJOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The historical discipline values these skills as central to becoming an historian, but the ability to work in a learning community and produce new knowledge through the interpretation of primary materials can be applied to many career choices upon graduation.

Managers, public relations specialists, high school teachers, librarians, public historians, accountants, lawyers and police officers (to name a few of the many careers our graduates choose) benefit from research skills, information literacy, the ability to persuade, proficiency in writing and the self confidence that comes from the public presentation of creative work.

A large proportion of our History graduates are social studies teachers in secondary education, primarily at school districts in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Others have embarked on successful careers in various fields or elected to go to graduate or law school.

Student Learning Outcomes

 

Student Learning Outcomes – History
1. Demonstrate the ability to understand historical discourse, including the ability to understand and evaluate competing interpretations of the past and theoretical and methodological approaches that have informed historical writing.
2. Demonstrate educated familiarity with multiple societies.
3. Demonstrate research skills, especially the ability to identify, collect, and sort out primary sources for a research project.
4. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking by analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing information from multiple historical sources and developing a persuasive argument supported by evidence.
5. Demonstrate strong skills for written communication.
6. Demonstrate strong skills for oral communication.
7. Demonstrate ability to cite sources in a manner consistent with professionals in the discipline of history.

 

Curriculum

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The Forgotten Burial Ground: Understanding Dubuque through the Third Street Cemetery
This in-depth January term study course focuses on the Third Street Cemetery, a lost burial ground in Dubuque. Located directly west of St. Raphael’s Cathedral on top of the bluff, a human bone discovered in 2007 led to a five-year salvage excavation by the Office of State Archeologist Burials Program. When the team began the project they believed that they would remove a few burials missed during the disinterment following the closure of the graveyard. Because they found 939 graves, the developer, hoping to build a condominium complex, called off the project. Through an exploration of American ideas of death and burial practices as well as contemporary conversations about balancing development with the preservation of sacred spaces, HIS 125 introduces students to the history of Dubuque and to vocations in the field of public history.

The Scramble for Africa
This course will offer an in-depth investigation into the “Scramble for Africa” which took place during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as European powers arbitrarily carved up the continent and created approximately 40 colonies and protectorates. The material will critically engage with the proliferation of European geographic societies, the culture of maps and cartography, and how the cultural, social, economic, and geopolitical consequences behind the creation of these former colonial borders continue to significantly influence and impact many present-day issues throughout the continent. Students will use resources in the campus library and other online map collections to conduct research and produce a work of digital history as well as participate in a role-playing simulation of the Berlin Conference of 1884-85 which set up the parameters for the partition of the African continent.

Native American Archeology
Native Americans settled in North America at least 15,000 years ago. This course explores the ancient history of what became the continental United States, focusing on the Native American occupants of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The course utilizes the discipline of archeology to explore the many different peoples who inhabited the United States prior to European colonization. We end our study with the peoples encountered by Europeans at contact in the 1600s.

The Great Depression & the New Deal
A study of the Great Depression in the United States, including its origins, the consequences of depression on U.S. society and the New Deal as a response to the crisis. Different perspectives based on race, gender, age and region will be discussed. This course will also examine the legacy of the New Deal, including the evolution of the social welfare state, the transformation of the role of government in society and the expansion of the power of the president.

Medieval Christianity
study of the development of western Christianity in the Middle Ages, with particular attention to formative influences, definitive tensions, diverse perceptions and popular appeal. The most important themes are monasticism, sanctity, heresy, and the spiritual expressions of women and men. Less emphasis upon institutional history.

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Major & Minor Requirements

Students will complete the following requirements in order to achieve a major or minor in History. 

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the major in History (B.A.):

Req Course Cr’s
1 The Historian as Investigator 3
2 Themes in World History (Required only for World and All Social Studies Teaching Endorsements) 3
3 U.S. Survey for Teachers (Required only for United States and All Social Studies Teaching Endorsements) 1-3
4 The Historical Thinker 3
5 The Professional Historian 3
6 Elective: Any L.HIS course 3
7 Elective: Any L.HIS course 3
8 Elective: Any L.HIS course 3
9 Elective: Any L.HIS course 3
10 Elective: Any Non-AGE L.HIS-300+ course 3
11 Elective: Any Non-AGE L.HIS-300+ course 3
12 Elective: Any Non-AGE L.HIS-300+ course 3
13 Elective: Any Non-AGE L.HIS-300+ course 3
36 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in History:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Elective: Any World history course 3
2 Elective: Any World history course 3
3 Elective: Any American history course 3
4 Elective: Any American history course 3
5 Elective: Any additional history course 3
6 Elective: Any additional history course 3
18 total required credits

AFRICAN HISTORY
Modern Africa since 1800
The Scramble for Africa
History as Film: Africa-AC
Southern Africa Since 1800

ASIAN HISTORY
Japan in the Modern World-AI
History As Film: East Asia
Modern Chinese History & Culture-AC

COMPARATIVE WORLD HISTORY
Themes in World History
The Cold War-AI
The Second World War
History as Film
Historical Geography

EUROPEAN HISTORY
Ancient Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
Europe To 1750
Modern Europe Since 1750
The Celts-AC
Russian Civilization-AC
The Enlightenment
The French Revolution
The Age of Kings & Conversions: Medieval Europe, 476-1075
The Age of Love & Reason: Medieval Europe, 1075-1530
The Reformation-AI
Medieval Christianity
Isle of the Saints: A Study Tour-AI
Paris in the 1920s & 1930s

GENERAL HISTORY
The Historian as Investigator
Imperial Geographies-AA
Topics
The Historical Thinker
The Professional Historian
Internship in History

JANUARY TERM
The Forgotten Burial Ground: Understanding Dubuque through the Third Street Cemetery
The Scramble for Africa
Herbert Hoover & the Great Depression
Gandhi the Interfaith Peace-Builder-AV
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Celtic Christianity & Roman Catholicism
Contemporary Urban Portugal

LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
Introduction to Latin American History
United States/Latin American Relations
Modern Brazilian History & Culture-AC

UNITED STATES HISTORY
United States To 1877
United States Since 1865
African American History-AI
Community & Identity in the American West-AI
History of U.S. Sexuality-AV
Race & Gender Reform in the United States-AC
United States Women’s History-AC
Native American Archeology
United States Survey for Teachers
United States Catholicism
Revolutionary Era in the United States
The Creation of Modern America, 1877-1924
Civil War & Reconstruction
The Great Depression & the New Deal
United States History Since 1945
The Civil Rights Movement

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Career Opportunities

“What can you do with a History degree?”

As a History major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers.

  • High School Teacher
  • Business Management
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Librarian
  • Police Officer
  • Ministry/Priesthood
  • Accountant
  • Museum and archives

Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.

Meet Our Professors

Kristin Anderson-Bricker, Ph.D.
Professor of History
563.588.7403 | Kristin.Anderson-Bricker@loras.edu
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John Eby, Ph.D.
Professor of History
563.588.4929 | John.Eby@loras.edu
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Mark Kehren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
563.588.7633 | Mark.Kehren@loras.edu
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Amy Lorenz, Ph.D.
Professor of Modern Languages & Culture
563.588.7806 | Amy.Lorenz@loras.edu
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Lee Zhu, Ph.D.
Professor of History
563.588.7199 | Lee.Zhu@loras.edu
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