About the Graduate Program
The Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi allows students to concentrate in a wide variety of research areas related to the study of war. War & Society scholars ordinarily examine the links between the social, cultural, and political values of societies and the wars they wage. Several members of the Department of History have specialties that complement this approach. Our graduate program can also support more traditional Military History topics such as operations, strategy, and tactics. Thus our program allows for a great deal of flexibility and creativity in combining War & Society and traditional Military History approaches to the study of the history of conflict.
We hope to produce students who can speak to wide literatures and enter the job market as well-defined and broadly-trained scholars. As home to a faculty with a unique concentration of interests related to the study of war, the department is an ideal place to train graduate students for careers in teaching, research, and public service.
The Department of History offers several competitive assistantships for both MA and Ph.D. students. The deadline to apply is February 1. First time applicants should indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for an assistantship. Students on assistantships who are working on their MAs usually serve as a grader or an assistant to a faculty member. At the Ph.D. level, students may serve as a grader, a faculty assistant, or teach their own sections of History 101 or 102. Other types of assistantship may also be assigned. Assistants work no more than twenty (20) hours a week; they receive a stipend, tuition waiver (in-state or out-of-state if necessary) and basic health insurance (with a student co-pay each pay period).
The University Libraries at Southern Miss have a growing collection to support our concentration areas in War & Society studies. Of special importance is the USM’s Vietnam War Archive. In addition, the university's award-winning Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage houses a collection of hundreds of interviews focused on the American experience of war.
The War & Society program at USM also boasts an active study abroad component, in conjunction with the university’s International Programs center. Enrolled students can conduct primary research abroad and have the opportunity to study the history of war in places such as France, Britain, and Vietnam.
These courses are just some of the classes taught in the War & Society curriculum at Southern Miss:
- War in Pre-modern Europe
- Early American War & Society
- American Revolution
- U.S. Civil War
- World War I
- World War II
- World War II-British Studies Abroad
- The Vietnam War
- War since 1945
- The Vietnam War-Vietnam Studies Abroad
- U.S. Foreign Relations
- Woman and War
- Topics in the History of War & Society (various topics)
- Asian Military History Through Films
- U.S. Conflicts since Vietnam
- War and American Communities
- War & Society Historiography
- Graduate Seminar in War and Society (various topics)
- Women and Gender in War