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.


Upcoming Events

Dr. Hilary Green, University of Alabama

"Living History: Confederate Monument Controversies"

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.

Marx Library Auditorium


2019 Stallworth Lecture

Dr. Tera Hunter of Princeton University

October 29, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium


Recent Events


University of South Alabama Department of History Awards Reception
April 10, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
USA Archaeology Museum

University of South Alabama Department of History Career Night
Join the conversation with  History Alum and Chair of the  USA Board of Trustees, Ken Simon
April 3, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
Humanities 342

Dr. Claire Cage of the University of South Alabama
“The Science of Proof: Forensic Medicine in France 1791-1900”
March 28, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.
Marx Library Auditorium
Co-sponsored with the Mobile Medical Museum and the USA Archaeology Museum

2019 Mahan Lecture
Dr. Kate Brown of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Great Chernobyl Acceleration: Why the Nuclear Disaster was Not Exceptional"
March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom

Southern Conference of Slavic Studies Annual Meeting
March 14-17, 2019
Battle House Renaissance Hotel in downtown Mobile

Association for Women in Slavic Studies
March 14 -15, 2019
Battle House Renaissance Hotel  in downtown Mobile

Dr. David Messenger of the University of South Alabama
“Civilian Defense against Bombardment in Barcelona, 1936-1939”
February 26 @ 3:30 p.m.
USA Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium, HUMB 122

 Dr. Andrew Huebner of the University of Alabama
"Love and Death in the Great War"
February 21, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
Humanities Building, Room 160
Co-sponsored with the USA Center for the Study of War and Memory

 Dr. Mehnaz Afridi of Manhattan College
“An Islamic Perspective in Current Antisemitism”
February 14, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Terrace Room
Co-sponsored with the Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue and the Center for Interreligious Understanding

 Dr. Harry Miller of the University of South Alabama
“How I Wrote a Historical Novel"
February 13, 2019 @ 3:30 p.m.
USA Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium, HUMB 122 

Dr. Robert ter Horst of the University of Rochester
"Henry Adams & the Feminine, Eternal, as well as Temporal"
November 27, 2018 @ 3:30
Humanities Building, Room 160

Dr. Sasha Turner of Quinnipiac University
"Slavery, Resistance, and Black Maternal Resilience"
November 12, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.
Humanities Building, Room 170

"Remembering the Struggle for Civil Rights"
Catherine Burks Brooks, Janice Wesley Kelsey, Carolyn McKinstry 
November 9, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.
16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham

Pia Jordan of Morgan State University
"The Tuskegee Army Nurse Project"
November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
College of Nursing, Room 1013

Dr. Mohan Ambikaipaker of Tulane University
“Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain”
November 2, 2018 @ 3 p.m. 
Humanities 364

Southern Jewish Historical Studies Conference
October 26-28, 2018 
Sessions to be held at USA, Spring Hill College and Other Mobile Locations.  Please see program for further information.
(Co-hosted  by the USA Department of History)

(Roundtable sponsored by  the USA History Department as part of the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting)

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens of Queens College, City University of New York
"Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology"
October 17, 2018 @6:00 p.m.
Marx Library Auditorium

2018 Stallworth Lecture
Dr. Joseph Crespino of Emory University
"Atticus Finch and American History"
October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium