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Department of History

Dr. Victoria Ott teaching class on the Quad

Choose to study history at BSC, and you’ll immerse yourself in the study of change and be prepared to tackle the changes taking place in the world today. You’ll also learn skills that will serve you no matter what you choose to do: how to organize information, how to write and argue persuasively, and how to think creatively. What’s more, you’ll see the past in ways you’ve never considered.

If you study history at BSC:

  • You’ll find professors that are outstanding in their fields and deeply committed to teaching. Whether it’s ancient China or the new South, they’ll bring history to life. Many classes are capped at only 15 students, making for lively discussion.
  • You’ll be on a great path for a number of careers, including law, medicine, business, teaching, government, and non-profit work. Our flexible units make it a great option for a double major, including secondary education.
  • You’ll find plenty of opportunities for internships, including history internships with the local historical groups like the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. History majors also study overseas in BSC’s program at Oxford University in England.
  • You can use our unique January Exploration Term to check out a subject that’s new for you, whether it’s a course on the Russian revolution, the Holocaust in film, or an introduction to gender studies.
  • You’ll tackle a research paper as part of the senior research symposium capstone under the guidance of a professor and present your findings at a senior conference.


Dr. Victoria Ott
Chair, Department of History
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road / Box 549031
Birmingham, Alabama 35254-9021