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 Spring 2021


Drs. David Meola and Kelly Urban in their new Department of History t-shirts, ready to start Spring 2022 semester. 


Meola Urban Spring 2022


October 2021 Dr. Kathy Cooke, Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College, is leading a team of faculty and staff from the McCall Library and Archives and the Archaeology Museum that has secured a $453,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to support and grow the University's involvement in community history across Mobile and our Gulf Coast region. This is the largest Humanities grant ever awarded to the University! Congratulations! See more here:


September 2021 Dr. David Messenger was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post Spain, commenting on the upcoming Spanish TV show Jaguar, a story of Nazi hunters in Spain in the 1960s and comparing it to reality. Messenger wrote on this subject in his 2014 book Hunting Nazis in Franco's Spain (LSU Press), published in Spanish in 2018 as La Caza de Nazis en la Espana de Franco (Alianza Editorial). The link to the article (in Spanish) is here:


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

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Recent Events

Department Open House/ Welcome Back, Jan. 12, 11am

Welcome back to the University of South Alabama for Spring 2022, and to the Department of History! We are still waging our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, and require masks indoors on campus again. I hope we can count on your compliance as we have in the past. To welcome the new semester, we’ll have a small open house in the Department, on the third floor of the Humanities Building, on Wednesday January 12, 11am-12noon. We’ll showcase the new student lounge and new Digital History Lab, as well as have some Department t-shirts on hand (free!--limited supply) Hope to see you there! 

December 2, 6:00pm, Marx Library Auditorium:
Scotty Kirkland, Alabama Department of Archives and History, “Open and Hidden: Segregation in Civil Rights in 1950's Mobile”

The Department of History is a sponsor of this talk, in partnership with the Mobile Museum of Art and their exhibit “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956." Also sponsoring this event are the USA Office of Community Engagement, the Department of Art and Art History, the African American Studies Program and the Honors College.  Thursday December 2, 6:00pm in the Marx Library Auditorium on campus.  


October 19 at 5:00pm, History M.A. Online Informational Meeting

Interested in learning about the Master of Arts in History graduate program at South? Join us for a virtual informational meeting to hear from faculty, alumni and current students. Ask questions about our program, scholarships, campus life and anything else that come to mind.