Department of History

History is one of the most important of the liberal arts, studies that lie at the core of a university education. The liberal arts help prepare students not merely to make a living, but also to fashion a meaningful life. The study of humanity’s past, in particular, provides the foundation for understanding the world and the necessary knowledge and wisdom to responsibly shape the future. The history major at Alabama requires students to take 36 hours of courses, ranging from broad surveys treating the entire history of important civilizations to sharply focused courses that allow the student to penetrate deeply into a particular time and place.

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The department of history offers a bachelor of arts (BA) degree and a minor in history, as well as departmental honors to those who qualify for this program.


Chair and Professor
  • Frederickson, Kari
Director of Graduate Studies in History
  • Riches, Daniel L.
Director, Undergraduate Studies in History
  • Mixson, James
Director of the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
  • Rothman, Joshua
Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History
  • Rable, George C.
  • Beeler, John F.
  • Beito, David T.
  • McClure, George W.
  • Mendle, Michael J.
Associate Professors
  • Giggie, John
  • Kopelson, Heather
  • Grout, Holly
  • Shaw, Jenny
  • Peacock, Margaret
  • Abruzzo, Margaret N.
  • Bunker, Steven B.
  • Huebner, Andrew J.
  • Kohl, Lawrence F.
  • Lindquist-Dorr, Lisa
  • Riches, Daniel L.
  • Selesky, Harold E.
Assistant professors
  • Elmore, Bartow
  • Luo, Di
  • Peterson, Erik
  • Ponce-Vazquez, Juan
  • Steinbock-Pratt, Sarah
  • Lafferty, Sean
  • Green, Sharony
  • Cribelli, Teresa
  • Wasserman, Ian Janek
Professors emeriti
  • McDonald, Forrest
  • Freyer, Tony A.
  • Delpar, Helen
  • Jones, Howard
  • Clayton, Lawrence A.
  • Mendle, Michael


Western Civ To 1648

A history of Western civilization from its origins in Greece and Rome through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the age of discovery and expansion during the emergence of modern Europe. Usually offered in the summer session.

Western Civ Since 1648

Covers the development of the Western world from the Thirty Years' War to the post-World War II era: the age of absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, industrialization and the wars of the 20th century. Usually offered in the summer session.

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