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Welcome to History and Geography

New: Undergraduate history course descriptions for fall 2016 are now posted here. See the department's undergraduate adviser, Dr. Meier, to talk about registration and program requirements.

The mission of the Department of History and Geography is to foster an understanding of the past, promote critical inquiry, improve communication skills, and develop an appreciation for cultural diversity in the global community. Students taking history and geography courses work closely with faculty members to build a foundation of historical and geographical knowledge, to sharpen their powers of interpretation and critical thinking, to formulate and articulate logical arguments, and to develop skills of research and documentation. These are skills that will serve them well regardless of their future educational or career paths.

The department also gives you concrete support for learning how to maximize the benefits of the history major. "Make Your Major Work! How to Get a Real Job with Your B.A.," a one-credit course taught by Dr. Claire Sanders of the history department and Terrence Hood of Career Services, is now a required part of the history major.

For students engaged in research that requires travel, the department is pleased to announce the establishment of the Regina Memorial Endowment. This fund will support a research trip for one or more History majors, with preference to those enrolled in the History Major Seminar (HMS), to visit archives, museums, university libraries or other places to consult historical materials relevant to their research project.  Recipients may also use the funds to support travel to present a paper at an appropriate academic conference.

Where can all this take you? Recent TCU History and Geography graduates are using their skills in a wide range of fields including education, finance, government service, information technology, real estate, and law. For more information on the post-graduation employment and career patterns of our students, see "After the Handshake: Where Do Our Graduates Go?". See also the accomplishments of some of our recent PhDs.

Fallen Marine and former Horned Frog wished to be a TCU History professor. In his honor, the Schmidt family hopes to fund a professorship... Read More

The Department of History and Geography is pleased and honored by the announcement of the LCpl Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt Endowed Professorship in History at TCU. The endowment, established by Teresa and Dr. David Schmidt, honors their son, a Marine sniper, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan on Oct. 6, 2011. Read more about the Schmidts' gift here, or click on the image above.

Our department bylaws are posted here.

Information & Events


Congratulations to all who were recognized at the department's Spring Banquet: Adam Powell received the Texas SAR Van Zandt Chapter Award; Kaitlen Eckmann won the Hammond Award; and Haley Schroer was recognized as the department's Senior Scholar. In the graduate program, Lisa Barnett received the teaching award; Sherilyn Farnes won the resesarch paper award; and the McDonald Research Prize was presented to Katherine Bynum. Jamalin Harp won the Dissertation Fellowship, and the Benjamin W. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Lisa Barnett. Seventeen new members were initiated into the honor society Phi Alpha Theta.

Congratulations to Dr. Glen Ely (historian, documentary producer, and TCU Ph.D.), who has just published The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail 1858-1861 with the University of Oklahoma Press.

Two historians were featured in TCU This Week: Kara Vuic for her appearance with Katey Sagal on "Who Do You Think You Are?" and Alex Hidalgo for making connections between his Museums and Collecting course and students at McLean Middle School.

Congratulations to Dr. Max Krochmal, who was named one of four finalists for the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community. This award celebrates those who serve as role models, advisors and guides to students.  All four finalists will be recognized at the fall 2016 convocation, and the winner will be announced at that time.

The department's spring honors banquet and Phi Alpha Theta initiation will be held on Monday, April 18, at 6 pm in the Kelly Center. If you plan to attend, please sign up in the history office, Reed 308.

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Worthing, selected as the A.M. Pate Professor for 2016-17. The Pate Professorship recognizes excellence in research and writing and provides support for a particular research project. Dr. Worthing was also selected to give the 2016 Annual AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lecture on March 21.

TCU's Endeavors magazine this month features the research of geography professors Dr. Sean Crotty and Dr. Kyle Walker in mapping cardiovascular disease in Texas. Read it here!

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Sharpless, who has been selected by the Texas Oral History Association as the tenth recipient of its Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Sharpless receives this honor in recognition of her significant contributions to oral history administration, research, publications, and teaching, plus her effective leadership in professional oral history organizations.

We're pleased to announce the publication of The Tennessee Campaign of 1864 (Southern Illinois University Press), a collection of essays that examines Confederate John Bell Hood's campagin against Union forces in Tennessee. It features work by TCU professor Dr. Steve Woodworth and TCU alumni Dr. John Lundberg, Dr. Paul Schmelzer, Dr. Jonathan Steplyk and Dr. Chuck Grear.

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Sharpless, whose edited collection Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives (University of Georgia Press) received the Liz Carpenter Award for research on women’s history from the Texas State Historical Association.

The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are "Caruso in Cowtown" with independent scholar Ruth Korbach on April 2 (this event will be held in the library's Discovery Theater), and Steven Chamblee presentingThe Story of Chandor Gardens" on May 7. Talks are held Saturday mornings at 10:30 am at the Fort Worth Central Library. For more program information, follow the links above or call 817-257-6896.

See more on our News & Events page!