The American Experience
War & Society
Medieval and Modern Europe
American South
African, Asian, and Latin American History
The American Experience
War & Society
Medieval and Modern Europe
American South
African, Asian, and Latin American History

Why Study History?

9 Reasons to Study History

(Inspired by this list by Kelly Marcus)

Studying History:

  1. Allows Us to Understand Society
  2. Allows Us Understand Change (especially over time)
  3. Provides a Sense of Identity
  4. Preserves Our Stories
  5. Inspires Us
  6. Teaches Us Warning Signs
  7. Helps Us Be Better People
  8. Teaches Us Amazing Skills (like creating arguments, using evidence, writing and speaking well)
  9. Makes Us Wicked Good at Trivia Games

For more on why to study History, click here.

Events

The Mississippi Humanities Council and the History Department's Dale Center for the Study of War and Society will be sponsoring several performances of “The Telling Project,” an innovative program in which a playwright interviews a group of military veterans in a particular community, turns their stories into a theatrical script, and then a director works with the veterans to perform their own stories. John Warrick and the Theater Department at USM have been working with Telling Project Creator Jonathan Wei and the Dale Center to recruit veterans. USM Hattiesburg will be hosting performances on November 7, 8, and 11th. On November 12th, the production moves to Pearl River Community College for one performance. Then it’s set to go to USM's campus in Long Beach for two performances on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14th.  We hope to see you there!

News

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society is proud to announce the successful conclusion of its $2 million fundraising campaign! For more infomation, CLICK HERE.

The History Department is proud to announce that PhD candidate Hayden McDaniel has been awarded a Visiting Scholar Grant from the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina-hapel Hill for her project entitled “From Carver to Carter: The Political Economy of Peanut Cultivation in the South, 1920-1976.” Well done!

Dr. Ken Swope, Professor of Asian History, was recently offered a prestigious Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.  Dr. Swope will be working in the School of Historical Studies, where he will conduct research on his upcoming book “On the Trail of the Yellow Tiger: War, Trauma, and Social Dislocation in Southwest China during the Ming-Qing Transition.” The archives and libraries around Princeton house one of the world’s greatest collections of sources on Asian History.