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?

 

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

 

 

History Model Four-Year Plan

The normal course load is 15 semester hours (5 classes). By following the model below, a student will complete all lower division core requirements by the end of the sophomore year as well as HIST major prerequisites. Note that core areas are suggested to provide a distribution of various disciplines every semester. Please be flexible implementing these suggestions, given your own interests and course availability. In four years, this plan meets all common graduation requirements.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

FFYS 1000 First Year Seminar 3  or 4 semester hours

HIST ___         Lower-division history course 1 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Theological Inquiry 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Studies in American Diversity 4 semester hours

 

Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring Semester

FRTA              Rhetorical Arts 3 or 4 semester hours

HIST ___         Lower-division history course 2 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Philosophical Inquiry 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Quantitative Reasoning 3 or 4 semester hours

Total: 14-16 semester hours

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

HIST ­­–––         Lower-division history course 3 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Understanding Human Behavior 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Creative Experience 4 semester hours

___ ___           Elective 3 or 4 semester hours

Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring Semester

HIST 2000       What is History? 4 semester hours

HIST ___         Upper-division history course 1 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics 3 or 4 semester hours

___ ___           Elective 3 or 4 semester hours

Total: 14-16 semester hours

Junior Year

Fall Semester

HIST ___         Upper-Division history course 2 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Faith and Reason 4 semester hours

___ ___           Upper Division Elective 3 or 4 semester hours

___ ___           Elective 3 or 4 semester hours

Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring Semester

HIST ___         Upper-Division history course 3 4 semester hours

HIST___          Upper-Division history course 4 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Ethics and Justice 4 semester hours

___ ___           Upper Division Elective 3 or 4 semester hours

Total: 15-16 semester hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

HIST__            Upper Division history course 5 4 semester hours

___ ___           University Core Interdisciplinary Connections 4 semester hours

___ ___           Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours

___ ___           Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours

Total: 16 semester hours

Spring Semester

HIST___          History Seminar 5000-5899 4 semester hours

___ ___           Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours

___ ___           Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours

___ ___           Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours

Total: 16 semester hours

Note: Students may take no more than ten upper division courses in any one department, except for Philosophy, in which the maximum is thirteen.

History Minor

Requirements

20 semester hours, distributed as follows:

  • At least one History course in each of the three regions (U.S., Europe, World Regions)
  • and at least 3 upper-division History courses