About the Department

History is one of the largest humanities departments in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.  We are both a dynamic source of cutting-edge humanities research and one of the largest providers of undergraduate courses in the University of Southern California.

The History Department is dedicated to core values, which we pursue with a diverse and growing faculty working at the forefront of historical scholarship in a wide range of fields.

  • Undergraduate Education

    As one of the largest providers of undergraduate general education courses in addition to our majors, the faculty of the History Department takes teaching seriously. Our professors have received recognition and awards for their teaching, and we continuously work to improve the breadth, depth, and quality of our undergraduate courses. Our graduate student teaching assistant have also won accolades for their teaching, while the Department’s TA training program has become the basis for teaching instruction across the wider campus community. 

  • Outstanding Graduate Education

    Our graduate program ranks among the best in the nation, supported by the diversity of our faculty and the resources available both at USC and in the greater Los Angeles area. Our commitment to supporting and professionalizing our graduate students helps them to become top-tier researchers and instructors.  

  • A Community of Scholars

    At its core, the History Department is a community of scholars. Our award-winning faculty work in collaboration within the department, across the university, and with regional and national research institutions. The faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students of the History Department are a gathering of minds inquiring into the human past in an environment of academic rigor. Whether a student is joining us for a general education requirement, an undergraduate degree, a public lecture, or graduate training, all who are interested in the method and pursuit of history are welcome.


Location and Contacts

Department of History
Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
3502 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0034


Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30a-5:00p

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Contact our Staff

Lori Rogers
Office Manager II
Office: SOS 153
Phone: (213)740-8999


Sandra Hopwood
Administrative Assistant II
Office: SOS 153 
Phone: (213)740-1661 


Simone Bessant
Administrative Assistant II
Office: SOS 153
Phone: (213)740-1660 


Melissa Borek
Student Services Advisor 
Office: SOS 153 
Phone: (213)740-1659 


Contact the Chair

William Deverell
Professor of History
Chair, Department of History
Office: SOS 153
Phone: (213)821-1062 
Email: deverell@usc.edu

  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034