Department of History


History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.  • Maya Angelou

If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. • Michael Crichton

Knowledge and awareness of history and society are important ingredients of a liberal education. The Department of History offers general courses for all students, a major and a minor in history, and preparation for students who plan to continue study at the graduate level, to teach history, or to enter related fields.

Our web site will introduce you to our faculty and staff, our courses, the requirements for a degree, and other information that can help you decide if you'd like to study history at USA. Please let us know if we can help by contacting us by phone or email.


Upcoming Events

2018 Mahan Lecture

Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar of Rutgers University

"The Founding of a Nation Through the Eyes of the Enslaved: The Life of Ona Judge"

March 13, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.

Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium


Symposium on “My Lai and Moral Injury” 

Fifty years after My Lai, an interdisciplinary exploration of the trauma of the US war in Vietnam

March 16, 2018  All Day Symposium

University of South Alabama Faculty Club

Sponsored by the USA Center for the Study of War and Memory


Dr. Michele Strong, Associate Professor of History and Becky Ardrey, M.A. Candidate History, University of South Alabama

“Dark tourism and the Holocaust: Amsterdam and Auschwitz”

 February 21, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

City of Mobile Ben May Public Library

Sponsored by Mobile Public Library and Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.


Dr. Martin Parsons of University of Reading (UK)

"‘Operation Pied Piper': Dispelling the Myths of Civilian Evacuation in the UK, 1939-1945"

February 20, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.

Marx Library Auditorium  

Co-sponsored with USA’s Center for War and Memory, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice 

Racial Discrimination & Institutionalized Violence in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South

Terrace Room
USA Student Center
350 Campus Dr.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM


2017 Stallworth Lecture

Dr. Laura F. Edwards of Duke University

"The Reconstruction of Rights: The Fourteenth Amendment and Popular Conceptions of Governance in the South"

September 13, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium