The study of history is one of the oldest courses of study, and, along with literature and philosophy, remains one of the pillars of a liberal arts education. History allows students to better understand diverse peoples and societies.
It also teaches how those societies and cultures were created and how they have changed through time. The examination of the past gives insight into human morality and identity and teaches good citizenship.
The skills history teaches—critical reading, advanced research, the ways in which evidence can be used to create arguments, superb writing, and oral presentation proficiency—are essential to any number of careers. Undergraduate history majors from Southern Miss have gone on to some of the finest graduate and law schools in the country, while others have established successful careers in a number of fields.
Once students fulfill the requirements of the General Education Curriculum (GEC) and pass introductory survey classes in world and American history, they take a historical methods course that teaches the basics of advanced historical research and writing.
Students can then choose from a wide variety of upper-division classes on different historical periods and geographic areas, as well as special topic areas in history such as war and society, race and ethnicity or gender history.
Under the supervision of their advisor, students can choose to specialize in a few subjects or to design a more comprehensive plan of historical study.
There are two Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major.
The History Education BA with Licensure in Social Studies (grades 7-12) is a nationally recognized program with accreditation from the National Council for the Social Studies. Our graduates have found successful, fulfilling careers in high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools in Mississippi and across the United States.
Unlike alternate route programs, the History Education BA combines rigorous coursework in history and the other social sciences with a semester-long practicum and student teaching experiences under a variety of master teachers. Practicum and student teaching supervision is carried out by history department faculty with extensive 7th-12th grade teaching experience in Mississippi classrooms. Coursework in classroom management, assessment, the education of exceptional students, and methods of teaching social studies in secondary schools help candidates gain both theoretical and practical knowledge.
The traditional liberal arts degree in History offers students excellent training in critical reading and the analysis of evidence, the ability to form complex arguments and convey them in clear and persuasive prose, and an elaborate understanding of people, societies, and historic change. These are skills highly prized in all walks of life, from law schools to museums and from higher education to top-ranked business firms.
Our history majors have built careers in a variety of professional areas.
A large number are teachers at high schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities. Many are lawyers. A considerable number are stockbrokers, bankers, military officers, public servants, library directors, archivists, museum professionals and even medical doctors.
History majors can enter all these professions because their academic discipline fosters the writing, thinking, research, and analytical skills that make them marketable in a variety of professions.
An introduction to medieval Scandinavian societies, including political, military, social, cultural, and religious developments.
Surveys of the African-American experience in the United States from the 17th Century through the Civil War era and Civil Rights era up to the present.
Explores the ways women have experienced, inspired, fought in, and opposed wars throughout world history and examines how ideas about gender have shaped militaries and wars.
A survey of the political, diplomatic, economic, and social developments in Germany from 1919 through 1945, including the rise and fall of the Third Reich and its role in World War II.
An analysis of the peculiarities of the South’s social, economic, political, and intellectual development from 1877 to the present; emphasis is placed on those factors making the South distinctive in American history.
A survey of the history of Native Americans from the period of European contact through the American Revolution and up to “Indian Removal” in the Early National period.
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Favorite Course: HIS 323: Introduction to Latin American History
Expertise: Latin America, Caribbean and Atlantic World, Race and Labor
Favorite Course: HIS 476: History of U.S. Popular Culture
Expertise: U.S. History in Gilded Age to 1950s, Class and Culture, Food History
Favorite Course: HIS 481: The Vikings
Expertise: Early Medieval Europe, Religion, Medieval Culture
Favorite Course: HIS 473: History of U.S. Foreign Relations
Expertise: U.S. and the World, Gender and Culture, Cold War, Vietnam War
Favorite Course: HIS 374: African-American History from 1890 to the Present
Expertise: U. S. Civil Rights Movement, Women and Gender, Mississippi History
University Distinguished Professor
Favorite Course: HIS 101/102: World Civilizations
Expertise: Vietnam War, World Wars I and II in Europe, Modern Military History
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.