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Department of History

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In history you collaborate with other scholars to grow in your understanding of culture worldwide – past, present and future. Aware of our unique perspective in the South, the history program at USC teaches students how to understand the present moment through stories from the past. 

Why study history at USC?

History at USC offers you a window to the world, giving you the ability to engage with many different people and cultures. Studying history helps you think critically, fosters civic engagement and gives you context to understand current events. These skills will serve you well in your education and future career.


Chart your own path

With several degrees to choose from, studying history at USC provides advanced education for many career pathways, whether your aim is to become a public historian or an educator, to work in preservation and archives, or to curate museum collections. You’ll have a supportive network of professors and historians from a variety of disciplines to help you find your direction through innovative research and hands-on experience.

Funding for graduate students

You can get paid to get your history degree! Secure financial support for your studies through a graduate assistantship. Contact Tyler McNamara for more information. 

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