Department of History

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


Latest News


Department Newsletter Fall 2020


December 2020  Dr. Claire Cage is one of 13 USA Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning Program Faculty Fellows.  The inaugural class of faculty fellows will work together to learn and redesign an academic course and/or a research project to help solve real-world issues locally in collaboration with community partners.   


December 2020 Dr. Mara Kozelsky received seed money from a U.S. Department Education Grant for a digital humanities project to build a digital history lab. The lab will allow the History Department to train our students to become leaders in the next era of the information age.


November 2020 A team at the University of South Alabama led by the Honors College, with collaborators from the Office of Community Engagement, African American studies program, department of history, and the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, received a renewal for its Delta Fellows program from the Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Program at the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. 

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Upcoming Events

More than Good Intentions: The Ethics of Global Health Research in an Unequal World

Dr. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, Infectious Disease Fellow at Emory University 

Thursday, April 15 @ 6:00 p.m.

Zoom Event Link

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Sharing Stories: The Diverstiy, Ecology, and History of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Thursday, April 22 @ 6:30 p.m.

Registration Required for Zoom Event Link


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Recent Events

Oral History and Archaeology:  Uncovering Africatown's History

Dr. Kern Jackson, USA African-American Studies & English

Dr. Philip J. Carr, USA Anthroplogy

Wednesday April 7 @ 5:00 p.m.

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2021 Howard F. Mahan Lecture

Dr. Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University

“Arguing the Caliphate: A Critique of the Views of ISIS”

March 24 @ 6:00 PM  via Zoom 

Sponsored by the USA Department of History and the USA Foundation


Virtual Informational Meeting  Master of Arts in History

February 24 @ 5:00 p.m. (Central)

Please register here for the meeting and to receive Zoom link

Students who earn a Master's degree in History strengthen their knowledge in history to prepare for a career in law, museums, journalism, archive management, historic preservation, or teaching.  GRE scores are not required for admission.  Sign up to talk with program faculty, students, and alumni.


 Not Just in DC




Dr. Peter Rohloff, faculty at Harvard University Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Wuqu' Kawoq Maya Health Alliance

"Improving Healthcare for Indigenous Women and Children in Rural Guatemala"

January 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom   

Sponsored by USA International Studies Program and the Mobile Medical Museum


Roger Grunwald,
The Mitzvah
November 10, 2020 at 12:30pm

The Department of History will have the pleasure and honor of hosting Roger Grunwald again to perform his one-man show, The Mitzvah. The performance and lecture engages with the fascinating story of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers. After watching the performance, there will be a presentation and Q&A.
Roger, a San Francisco-based actor, will be showing a video recording of his performance and will be leading a presentation and Q&A during this 75 minute session. Roger's performance is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Holocaust and Human Right Education Center.

If you want to know more about The Mitzvah, please visit this Also, watch the trailer for the performance.

Everyone who would like to attend will need to register, using the link provided below. Once you have registered, you will receive a link and a password for the event, which has been organized in a webinar format. There is a limit of 100 participants for this webinar, so spots are limited.

Who Will Write Our History
Film and Discussion with Filmmaker Roberta Grossman
October 15, 2020 at 6pm Virtual Event

Who Will Write Our History: In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and ! the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
Together with community partners, the McCall Library will present this award-winning documentary film on the hidden archive of the Warsaw Ghetto and the group who compiled it. Watch the film online (link available October 4-17) then join the conversation Thursday, October 15 at 6 pm with Roberta Grossman. Register in advance for this important conversation.
You must register in advance for the session with Roberta Grossman, Filmmaker at
The link to view the film online will be publicized as soon as it is available. Contact with any questions.
Watch the trailer.

Virtual Info Session, Meet & Greet for Future Social Studies Teachers!
Thursday September 24 at 12:00 Noon

Calling all future Secondary Ed Social Studies Teachers!  In need of some clarification about your double Secondary Ed/History major or just want further information?
Get the scoop directly from the Department of History and the College of Education joint info session, Meet & Greet with Dr. Susan Santoli from Education and Drs. Martha Jane Brazy, Marsha Hamilton, Dave Messenger and Harry Miller from History.  Grab lunch and join us at 12:00 Noon on Thursday September 17 via Zoom.  This is a great opportunity for First Years and Sophomores to get clarification, ask questions, and become familiar with your double major.  Juniors and Seniors come join us too-- let's talk about your future as teachers and you can also have the opportunity to give some great advice to your peers just starting out. 

Virtual Workshops on Social Movements
August 4, 6, 11, 13, 5-6:15pm via Zoom
Pre-registration required  

SOcial Movements WOrkshop
Courageous Conversations