History

The History Program 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. Whether you are interested in ancient, medieval, or modern history, or want to concentrate on American, European or non-western history, you can find appropriate courses in our curriculum.
 
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.

UNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN CORE CURRICULUM

Major requirements and course descriptions
 
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.
 
Teaching Endorsements

History students seeking certification to teach in secondary education have three options:
  • U.S. History endorsement
  • World History endorsement
  • All Social Studies endorsement

Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Interpretation Minor
 
This minor, offered only at Loras College, prepares students for a career in cultural resource or cultural heritage management. Upon graduation students can choose to proceed to graduate studies in archeology and/or cultural heritage management, to use public artifacts in the learning process as a future teacher or educator, and/or to contribute to civic activities and projects related to archaeology and cultural heritage.


FACULTY
 
Dr. Kristin Anderson-Bricker
563-588-7403
Teaching fields: United States, social & cultural, race and gender
 
Dr. John Eby
563-588-4929
Teaching fields: Middle Ages, Celtic History, Reformation, Islamic History
 
Dr. Mark Kehren
563-588-7633
Teaching fields: Modern Africa and Latin America; Brazil; Comparative World History
 
Dr. Amy Lorenz
563-588-7806
Teaching fields: French and Francophone studies
 
Dr. David Salvaterra
563-588-7307
Teaching fields: U. S. political ideas, religion; intro, Latin America
 
Dr. Cindy Smith
563-588-7953
Teaching fields: Ancient Greece and Rome; Archaeology
 
Dr. Lee S. Zhu
563-588-7199
Teaching fields: Russia, East Asia, World War II, the Cold War

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