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.

Objectives

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?

• Please note that the History Department has introduced new lower-division courses, all numbered HIST 198. See the list of courses for information about which courses substitute for the above requirements.

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 500-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

History Model Four-Year Plan for Majors and minors valid through Spring 2015

 

Freshman Year
Fall SemesterUnits
Core Foundations: First Year Seminar 3 or 4
Core Foundations: Theological Inquiry 4
Core Foundations: Studies in American Diversity 4
Lower-division history course 1 4
                                         Spring Semester  
Core Foundations: Rhetorical Arts 4
Core Foundations: Philosophical Inquiry 4
Core Foundations: Quantitative Reasoning 4
Lower-division history course 2 4
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Units 
Core Explorations: Understanding Human Behavior 4
Core Explorations: Creative Experience 4
Lower Division History Course 3 4
Elective 4
                                        Spring Semester  
Core Explorations: Nature of Science, Technology, & Math 4
History 2000 What is History 4
upper division history course 1 4
Elective 4
Junior Year
Fall SemesterUnits
 Core Integrations: Faith and Reasoning 4
upper-division history course 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
                        Spring Semester  
Core Integrations: Ethics and Justice 4
upper division history course 3 4
upper division history course 4 4
upper division elective 4

 

Senior Year
Fall SemesterUnits
Core Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections 4
upper division history course 5 4
upper division elective 4
upper division elective 4
                                        Spring Semester  
History 500 level seminar 4
Upper-division elective 4
upper division elective 4
upper division elective 4

TOTAL                                                                                               124-126