Activities & Events

  • Phi Alpha Theta

The History Department is home to the Theta Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international History Honor Society. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates must have completed at least 4 History courses with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History and a 3.0 overall GPA (you don't need to be a History major to join). Graduate students must have completed at least 12 semester hours toward their masters Degree in History, with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

The chapter's activities include conferences, workshops, parties, and whatever else that year's members dream up. For more information our local chapter, contact Dr. Courtney Luckhardt, or for more information about Phi Alpha Theta's national activities, visit Phi Alpha Theta's national website.

  • National History Day in Mississippi

The Southern Miss History Department coordinates an annual competition each spring for junior high and high school students in the state of Mississippi. This national competition, run on the science fair model, is designed to encourage interest in History. Students submit documentaries, performances, exhibits, and research papers; winners at the Mississippi state level are eligible to compete in a national competition in Washington, D.C. Our History/Social Studies Licensure students are especially encouraged to help at the competition, both as organizers and as judges.

For more information about competition rules and guidelines, visit our National History Day in Mississippi website. If you are interested in participating in or helping with the Mississippi competition, please contact the History Department at 601.266.4333.


  • World Civilization Film Series

In conjunction with the USM History Department's World Civilization courses, the department offers a film series during the fall and spring semesters. The approximately twelve films each semester highlight the cultural diversity of the world and the ways in which history is depicted differently by different societies. For more information or to suggest films for a future series, please contact Dr. Andrew P. Haley or check out our current schedule.