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"A lack of courage allows us to remain blinded to our history and deaf to the cries of our past."  Maya Angelou


Welcome to the M.A. Program in History!

The Graduate Program in History at the University of South Alabama offers a diverse and rigorous course of study in support of a wide range of career goals and personal aspirations, leading to a Master of Arts degree in History. It features a talented and dedicated faculty with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service, and an enthusiastic group of students ranging from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals, current secondary teachers, and retirees. Most students aspire to careers in teaching, research, or public history, while others are pursuing their love of history in a systematic way. The program offers training in research, writing, and teaching, as well as in skills essential to careers in museums, archives, and historic preservation. It also furnishes preparation for doctoral study in history and related fields. Recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Rutgers, Rice, University of Memphis, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri, UMASS-Amherst, Alabama and Auburn. Others have obtained archival and museum positions at the Mobile Historical Development Commission, the Mobile Municipal Archives, the Museum of Mobile, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the National Archives and other institutions across the nation. Still others have strengthened their preparation for careers in law, journalism, historic preservation, secondary teaching and other fields. The M.A. program can normally be completed in two years of full-time study, although students who are unable to devote full-time study to the program typically take longer. We invite you to explore our program and all it offers. In addition to the Department of History website, please consult the University of South Alabama Graduate Bulletin for details on the History M.A. degree (thesis) and the History M.A. (non-thesis). For further information, please contact Dr. Marsha Hamilton, Coordinator of Graduate Studies at or 460-6210.

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