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. Asma Afsaruddin, Indiana University  

 "Arguing the Caliphate: A Critique of the Views of ISIS" 

Wednesday March 25, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. 

Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium 


2020 Paideia Lecture 

Dr. Kimberly Stratton, Carleton University (Canada) 

"From Babylon to Exodus: Violence, Story and the Making of Judaism and Christianity" 

Friday April 3 @ 3:30 p.m.

Humanities 160 


Department of History Awards and Scholarship Reception 

Thursday April 16 @ 5:00 p.m.


Recent Events

Scotty Kirkland, Alabama Department of Archives and History

Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:00 p.m.

Marx Library Auditorium 

Wednesday, January 29, 1:00 PM in Humanities Bldg, Rm 364
Are you interested in learning history and culture in a foreign country? What better way to do so than with USA History faculty. Come join us at this information session and learn about three important and exciting opportunities n Summer 2020:
USA in the UK with Dr. Tim Lombardo (and Drs. Harrington and Marshall)
USA Culture & History in Japan with Dr. Harry Miller
USA History & Jewish Studies in Germany with Dr. David Meola


Dr. Richard Frankel, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

"The Politics of Exclusion: Antisemitism and Fascism in Germany and the United States, Then and Now"

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

Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium  


Dr. Kelly Urban, University of South Alabama  

"A Medical Monument: How a Tuberculosis Hospital Helped Spark the Cuban Revolution."

Co-Sponsored with the Mobile Medical Museum

November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.

Marx Library Auditorium 


2019 Stallworth Lecture

Dr. Tera Hunter of Princeton University

 "Can Marriage Save the Race? Ideas about African-American Marriage from W. E. B. Du Bois to Our Own Times"

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

Laidlaw Performing Arts Auditorium


History Department Discussion of USA Common Read novel, Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor was Divine, about Japanese-American internment.  

October 14, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.

Humanities 390

Hosted by Dr. Harry Miller and Dr. David Messenger 

For more about Common Read:


Dr. Hilary Green, University of Alabama

"Confederate Monument Debates in Black and White"

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

Marx Library Auditorium