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