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 2022


Dr. David Meola led a seminar on Antisemitism and its history in Spring, 2022, and students from that class travelled to Montgomery in April 2022 to participate in a seminar with students at five other Alabama Universities studying the same subject.  

April 2022


October 2021 Dr. Kathy Cooke, Professor of History, is leading a team of faculty and staff from the College of Arts and Sciences, 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:


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

SEPTEMBER 12, 2022, 2:30PM., Communications 160
The Concert for Bangladesh: Songs for a Country

A Documentary Film and discussion with director Shamim Al Amin about the August 1, 1971 concert held at Madison Sqaure Garden in NYC to raise awareness about genocide and refugees fleeing the war for the indepenence of Bangladesh.  


October TBA 
Dr. Monique Laney, History, Auburn University 
"Germans, Nazis and Scientists in Huntsville, AL" 

Germany on Campus Series sponsored by Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington 

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2022 Annual Stallworth Lecture 
Thursday October 27, 7pm 
“‘I have done his washing and cooking:’ The Political Vocabulary of a Free People.”
Dr. Thavolia Glymph, Professor of History and Law, Duke University 

MacQueen Alumni Center Ballroom,
100 Alumni Dr., Mobile, 36608 

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