The History Major and Minor


Objectives:Since history takes all knowledge for its province, it forms a bridge between all disciplines. To arrive at a fuller awareness and understanding of the many vital problems of existence, the Loyola Marymount student requires history, for without a knowledge of man and his past, no one can claim to be an educated individual or can hope to establish perspective and meanin in a course studies for life.History also makes an invaluable contribution to an understanding of the learning process itself and to the achievement of “learning goals.” In history, the student studies evidence, selects relevant materials, searches for causes and effects, and formulates conclusions. In studying the past, a person must analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and interpret evidence. With knowledge of the historical setting, one can understand and appreciate one’s own heritage and culture and the cultural experience of others.




The study of history is integral to Loyola Marymount University’s mission as a university in the Jesuit/Marymount, Catholic, and liberal arts traditions. It contributes to "the encouragement of learning" through intellectually demanding courses that cultivate an understanding of both familiar and unfamiliar pasts and cultures. It educates "the whole person" by focusing on a multiplicity of perspectives and experiences, and by attempting to understand the lived, bodily experience of the "whole person" in the past. History courses ground discussions of "the service of faith and the promotion of justice" by putting these ideas in context, showing change over time, and emphasizing how today’s world evolved out of the contingent actions of and interactions between individuals and groups of people. The study of history enables the student to examine cultures, religions, and the interconnections among peoples and societies as complex historical phenomena, human structures open to historical interpretation and analysis. Historical perspective thus provides insight into the sequence of events, into the relationship of events at diverse times and places, and into the dynamism of structures and beliefs that can otherwise appear fixed or predetermined. The study of history therefore also leads to greater sensitivity to and awareness of cultural differences and similarities, as well as conflicting interpretations of events. As a discipline, History is open to and inclusive of multiple different methodological approaches to the study of the past. The History curriculum thus emphasizes the potential for human action, showing how an individual’s actions can change the world even as it examines the structures necessary for that action. The Department of History at LMU seeks to educate students to become global citizens engaged with the world around them and sensitive to our ties to the past. The Department sees History as supporting the creation of "contemplatives in action," as the contemplation of the past and the present is an essential part of students moving into the world as agents in their own right.


Fall 2015 Major and Minor Requirements 


Major Requirements - 10 courses (40 units) total


Lower Division Requirements:

4 courses (16 units) distributed as follows:

 One World Regions (Middle East, Asia, Latin America, or Africa) history course

 One European history course

 One United States history course

 One methodology and historiography course, What is History?


Upper Division Requirements: 6 courses (24 units), distributed as follows:

 One World Regions (Middle East, Asia, Latin America, or Africa) history course

 One European history course

 One United States history course

 Two additional upper-division history courses

 One 5000-level seminar


Minor Requirements - 5 courses (20 units) total, distributed as follows:


 One World Regions (Middle East, Asia, Latin America, or Africa) course

 One European course

 One United States course

 Two additional history courses

 Of these five, at least three must be upper division courses