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Department of History

The University of South Alabama Department of History helps students gain an ability to understand unfamiliar people and societies, read and think critically, and write with clarity and precision. With a dedicated faculty covering a diverse array of geographic and intellectual areas, as well as an expansive temporal depth, history majors will not only learn about the past, they will learn to create history.

What Can I Do With a Degree in History?

History majors at South follow many career paths with their degree. Graduates move on to teach students about the past, preserve historic buildings, create museum exhibits, or film documentaries. Others pursue careers in law, journalism and business. Workplaces need employees who can quickly digest large amounts of information, draw logical conclusions from it, and express themselves clearly orally and in writing.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Feb. 14
Sponsored with the Department of English Spring Speaker Series

Marlene Villalobos Hennessy, Hunter College, City University of New York
"Books That Bleed: Medieval Manuscripts and Book Metaphors"
4:00 p.m. | Marx Library Auditorium 

Marlene Villalobos Hennessy


Wednesday, Feb. 21
“Built from the Fire” a lecture by Victor Luckerson
5.30 p.m. | MacQueen Alumni Center

Mr. Viktor Luckerson

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Thursday, Mar. 14
David Barton Smith, "Malicious Intent: Murder and Perpetuation of Jim Crow Healthcare" in conjunction with the Mobile Medical Museum
6:00 PM | Marx Library Auditorium

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Thursday, Mar. 21
Dr. Kim Stratton, Carleton University (Canada) 
"Trauma, Story, and the Origins of Judaism and Christianity.”
5.00 p.m. 


2024 Mahan Lecture

Wednesday, March 27, 7pm Laidlaw Recital Hall

"Regulating Reproduction in the Early-Modern Atlantic World"

Dr. Mary Fissell, Inaugural J. Mario Molina Professor in the History of Medicine,The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Mary Fissell