• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Los Angeles, CA, United States
The curriculum of the History program of Loyola Marymount University emphasizes the potential for human action, showing how an individual’s ideas and decisions can change the world even as historians examine the broader social, political, and cultural contexts that make individual choices possible and influential.
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What Is History?

Historical perspective provides insight into the sequence of events, the interconnections among peoples and societies, and the dynamism of structures and beliefs that can otherwise appear natural, fixed, or predetermined. As a major in the History program of Loyola Marymount University, you learn to examine evidence, select relevant materials, search for causes and effects, and formulate conclusions. You acquire extremely adaptable skills, graduating with the abilities to reason, learn, and communicate that are so highly valued in the modern economy.

What Do History Majors Do?

As History students at LMU, you engage with the past in many different ways. You can study a broad range of times and places through the Generalist Track, or you can focus in on a specific theme by choosing one of the five concentrations in our Specialist Track: Public and Applied History; Law, Politics, and Society; Global Economies, Encounters, and Exchange; Race, Gender, and Culture; and Environment, Science, and Technology. You can also engage the past public history projects, exhibitions, website design, research programs and presentations, academic events, study abroad, and international immersion courses. You will develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of events, processes, and patterns in the human experience. 

As History students, you gain perspective, understanding how your lives relate to a larger historical process as you study historical methods, sources, and competing interpretations. As History students, you learn the research and analytical skills used in interpreting the past, such as criticism of sources, the definition of historical questions, comparative analysis, and the diverse perspectives of participants in history. You craft arguments about historical change, and analyze the factors that cause such change on local, national, and global scales. As History majors, you learn to appreciate historiography, the changing nature of historical explanation itself.

LMU's location in historically rich Los Angeles offers a further advantage through research opportunities in local archives, film collections, and presidential libraries, while the History Department’s faculty connect students with national and international resources and connections. Prepared with knowledge and eloquence, you will graduate particularly well suited to go into media, education, law, research, and related fields, but you can move into any career.

Is This Major Right For You?

You might be a History major if you:

  • Are curious about the past
  • Enjoy researching, reading, and writing
  • Have broad intellectual interests 
  • Wish to participate in public service
  • Appreciate different ways of seeing the world

About Our Faculty

Our faculty reflects the international diversity of Southern California. They received their degrees from top research universities; they are productive scholars who serve on national boards; and their teaching and research have earned numerous fellowships, grants, and honors. They bring this scholarly experience and energy into the classroom through challenging and innovative teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Race & Gender
  • Imagining Lincoln
  • Premodern World History
  • Modern Global Environmental History
  • European Empires Since 1500
  • Becoming America

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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