Skills History Teaches: Oral Presentations
Critical and Close Reading
Skills History Teaches: Research
Forming Arguments
Skills History Teaches: Writing
Skills History Teaches: Oral Presentations
Critical and Close Reading
Skills History Teaches: Research
Forming Arguments
Skills History Teaches: Writing

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

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 the History Department hosted the Mississippi state contest of National History Day, where history faculty enjoyed and assessed project presentations by history students from all across the state. National History Day is a nationwide competition for middle and high school students.  It encourages students to use their creativity to develop original historical research focused on an annual theme.  The Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi hosts the annual statewide contest every year and helps to prepare students for the national competition held each year in College Park, Maryland.

NHD

News

Three New Books by USM Historians Hit the Shelves in Spring 2017

The History Department is extremely pleased to announce that four of our professors have recently published new books.  Dr. Allison Abra is the author of Dancing in the English style: Consumption, Americanisation, and national identity in Britain, 1918-50, part of the Studies in Popular Culture series from Manchester University Press.  Dr. Matthew Casey’s first book, Empire's Guestworkers: Haitian Migrants in Cuba during the Age of US Occupation was just released from Cambridge University Press.  Drs. Heather Stur and Douglas Bristol edited Integrating the US Military: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation since World War II, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.  The department offers a hearty round of applause to all of our new authors and editors!

Spring 2017 History Faculty Books