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History


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The Department of History offers courses in ancient, medieval and modern European history; in both North and Latin American history; in the history of Asia and in world history. Some of the department’s courses are chronological, some national or regional and some are thematic, with special strengths in gender, race and ethnicity, popular culture, medicine, and urban history. The faculty is committed to continuous review and revision of the department’s curriculum, as student needs and professional emphases shift. Many departmental courses meet general education requirements and various programs for majors and non-majors are available. The department offers an honors program for qualified seniors. Honors programs are individually arranged through consultation with the honors director. Completion of an honors thesis is required. The Department of History offers the BA and PhD in History; the BA in Law, History, and Culture; the BA in History and Social Science Education; the BA in Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies, the minor in History, the minor in Resistance to Genocide and the minor in the History and Culture of Business.

Social Science Building 153
(213) 740-1657
FAX: (213) 740-6999
Email: history@dornsife.usc.edu
dornsife.usc.edu/hist

Chair: Jay Rubenstein, PhD

Faculty

University Professor and Professor of Philosophy, History and Accounting: Jacob Soll, PhD (Philosophy)

Distinguished Professor, Dean’s Professor of History, Myron and Marian Casden Directorship of the Casden Institute for the Study of Jewish Role in American Life and Professor of History: Steven Ross, PhD*

Garrett and Anne Van Hunnick Chair in European History and Professor of History: Anne Goldgar, PhD

Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History: Wolf Gruner, PhD

Gordon L. MacDonald Chair in History and Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures: Joan Piggott, PhD

Barbara Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of History, Gender & Sexuality Studies and English: Alice Echols, PhD*

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute and Professor of History, Anthropology and Economics: Peter C. Mancall, PhD

Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religion, Law and History: Jessica Marglin, PhD (Religion)

USC Associates Professor in Art History and Professor of Art History and History: John Pollini, PhD*

Professors: Bettine Birge, PhD (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Daniel Bleichmar, PhD (Art History); William Deverell, PhD*; Philip J. Ethington, PhD; Richard W. Fox, PhD; Joshua Goldstein, PhD; Ariela Gross, PhD (Law); Sarah Gualtieri, PhD* (American Studies and Ethnicity); Karen Halttunen, PhD; Daniel Klerman, PhD (Law); Lon Kurashige, PhD; Paul Lerner, PhD*; Carolyn Malone, PhD (Art History); John Pollini, PhD (Art History); Ramzi Rouighi, PhD (Middle East Studies); Jay Rubenstein, PhD; George J. Sanchez, PhD* (American Studies and Ethnicity); Vanessa Schwartz, PhD (Art History); Nayan Shah, PhD (American Studies and Ethnicity); Brett Sheehan, PhD*; David Sloane, PhD (Public Policy)

Associate Professors: Marjorie R. Becker, PhD; Christelle Fischer-Bovet, PhD (Classics); Jason Glenn, PhD; Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, PhD; Laura Serna, PhD; Francille Wilson, PhD (American Studies and Ethnicity)

Assistant Professors: Richard Antaramian, PhD; Alice Baumgartner, PhD; Joan Flores-Villalobos, PhD; Maya Maskarinec, PhD; Alaina Morgan, PhD; Ketaki Pant, PhD; Edgardo Perez Morales, PhD; Benjamin Uchiyama, PhD; Aro Velmet, PhD

Professor (Teaching): Deborah E. Harkness, PhD*

Associate Professor (Teaching): Lindsay O’Neill, PhD

Emeritus: Elinor A. Accampo, PhD; Lois W. Banner, PhD*; Judith Bennett, PhD*; Gordon M. Berger, PhD; Roger Dingman, PhD; Charlotte Furth, PhD; Cynthia Herrup, PhD; Paul W. Knoll, PhD; Franklin D. Mitchell, PhD; D. Brendan Nagle, PhD; Azade-Ayse Rorlich, PhD; Carole Shammas, PhD; Terry L. Seip, PhD*

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

Undergraduate Degrees

Advisement

The Department of History has one full-time staff adviser available to provide academic advisement, assist in the navigation of department and university requirements, review progress and future plans. Students interested in a major or minor in the department should contact the adviser to schedule a meeting. Faculty advisers are also available to offer guidance on pursuing the field of history both within and beyond USC. 

Honors Program for History (BA)

The department offers a one-semester honors program, in which qualified students are required to take HIST 492 Honors Thesis  in which each completes a thesis project on a topic of his or her choosing under faculty direction. Contact the department director of Undergraduate Studies for further information. To graduate with honors, department majors must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major course work and a B+ or higher in HIST 201 .

Honors Program for History and Social Science Education (BA)

The department offers a one-semester honors program, in which qualified students are required to take HIST 492 Honors Thesis  in which each completes a thesis project on a topic of his or her choosing under faculty direction. Contact the department honors director for further information. To graduate with honors, department majors must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major course work. 

Honors Program for Law, History, and Culture (BA)

The department offers a one-semester honors program, in which qualified students are required to take HIST 493  in which each completes a thesis project on a topic of his or her choosing under faculty direction. Contact the director of Undergraduate Studies for further information. To graduate with honors, department majors must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major course work.

Honor Society

The department sponsors its own local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Phi Alpha Theta provides opportunities for students to take their interest in history beyond the classroom and to cultivate their intellectual pursuits in a community setting.

Membership is open to history majors and other interested students with a 3.33 GPA in history courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. For more information contact the honors director.

Teaching Credential Requirements

Credential requirements in California and elsewhere are complex and changeable. Students interested in preparing for public school teaching should contact the Credentials Office, Rossier School of Education, and the undergraduate adviser, Department of History, for up-to-date information.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Early Modern Studies

This minor brings together the resources of the departments of English, History and Art History to study the literatures and cultures of Europe and the Americas from the late medieval period to 1800. For a complete listing of requirements, see Department of English .

Interdisciplinary Middle East Studies Minor

See the Department of Middle East Studies .

Interdisciplinary Race, Ethnicity and Politics Minor

See Department of Political Science .

Interdisciplinary Russian Area Studies Minor

See Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures .

Interdisciplinary Law and Society Minor

See Department of Political Science .

Graduate Degrees

The graduate program in History offers a rigorous course of study that balances depth in particular fields with a broad, transnational and interdisciplinary perspective. We train our students in historical methods, research, critical analysis of written and visual sources, historical writing, and historical pedagogy through intensive reading courses, seminars and tutorials. This training culminates in the PhD dissertation, a significant scholarly and historiographical contribution to the study of a field. 

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites

An applicant should have an undergraduate degree or an MA degree in history or a related discipline. Promising students trained in other fields will also be considered.

Criteria

All applicants must take the general test of the Graduate Record Examinations. The subject test in history is not required. In addition, applicants must submit at least three letters of recommendation from college-level instructors and a sample of written work from a college-level history, social science or humanities course. This material should be uploaded through the Graduate Admission application portal.

Procedure

For complete information on the doctoral program, prospective applicants should address inquiries to Graduate Admission, Department of History, SOS 153, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0034. Information on the programs is also available online at dornsife.usc.edu/hist/doctoral-program/.

Degree Requirements

These degrees are under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School. Refer to the Requirements for Graduation  section and The Graduate School  section of this catalogue for general regulations. All courses applied toward the degrees must be courses accepted by the Graduate School.

Advisement

Students should seek advice on their program of studies from the Director of Graduate Studies, a professor in their major field of study and other members of their qualifying exam committee.

Programs

    Bachelor’s DegreeMinorMaster’s DegreeDoctoral Degree

    Courses

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