Preparing for the future by studying the past
History at Loyola is an integral part of the university’s liberal arts program. As such, it seeks to free the mind from common prejudices and faulty intellectual assumptions through a broad-based study of the human past. Students become familiar with the principal forces of change and adaptation that have marked humanity’s cultural, social, political and economic development.
Departmental course offerings reflect the broad expertise of the history faculty, and treat such diverse areas as American, European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African history, with thematic courses in intellectual, social, legal, political, and military, as well as African-American, Church, women’s histories, and documentary and oral history. Learn more about our academic programs »
Guiding the students’ intellectual formation is a dedicated history faculty made up of professional educators who themselves are engaged in the quest for knowledge through continued research and active scholarship. Learn more about our research »
In Creole Italian: How Sicilian Immigrants Shaped the Culture of America’s Most Interesting Food Town, Dr. Justin Nystrom explores the influence Sicilian immigrants have had on New Orleans foodways. His culinary journey follows these immigrants from their first impressions on Louisiana food culture in teh mid-1830's and along their path until the 1970's. Each chapter touches on events that involved Sicilian immigrants and the relevancy of their lives and impact on New Orleans.
Mr. Dougherty, who took his BA in History in 2014, was recently awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English in Indonesia. When asked to reflect on his time at Loyola, he said, “Between its faculty and its student body, the humanities departments at Loyola University New Orleans provided me with a progressive community of thinkers and activists from which to grow intellectually and socially. More specifically, I can directly attribute my development as a writer and critical thinker to my history major courses.