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



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


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. 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


University of South Alabama Department of History Awards Reception

April 10, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.

USA Archaeology Museum


Recent Events


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. 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. 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. 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