The faculty, believing sincerely in the role of research and scholarship in graduate training, encourages students to participate in the professional activities of the department. The faculty holds workshops in professional development, from how to write a curriculum vitae to how to submit an abstract for a conference paper and a manuscript for publication. Students are encouraged to present their own research papers at professional conferences, and submit articles for publication in professional journals. Other graduate student activities and opportunities include:
- The Southern Historian, a semi-annual journal, is produced by the department’s award-winning chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the honor society for students of history.
- The Enhancement Fund supports both faculty and graduate student research.
- The Bankhead Endowment Lectures annually bring a number of high-profile historians to the University of Alabama for lectures and consortiums with faculty and graduate students.
- The Summersell Center for the Study of the South sponsors lectures and other events open to department members and the general public.
- The Graduate History Student Association promotes social as well as professional activities throughout the year.