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Welcome to History and Geography


New: Undergraduate history course descriptions for summer and fall 2015 are posted here. See your adviser (Dr. Campbell or Dr. Sanders) 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. See this TCU Magazine article on "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, 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 Dr. Hanan Hammad, who was given the 2015 Wise Woman award at the spring gathering of Women and Gender Studies students and faculty. The award, given by WGST students, recognizes excellence in teaching and mentoring.


The history department spring honors banquet and Phi Alpha Theta initiation was held Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 in the Kelly Center, featuring speaker Dr. Todd Kerstetter. Congratulations to our Phi Alpha Theta initiates Emily Dace, Wes Hoblit, Alec Lewis, Nikki Nguyen, and Tammie Rhinehart. We also celebrate the winners of the following awards: Billy Klaess received the Texas Sons of the American Revolution Van Zandt Chapter Award; Tiffany Huff was named the department's Senior Scholar; and Rebekah Yarmchuk received the Hammond Memorial Award. In the graduate program, Jamalin Harp received the Graduate Teaching Award, Mike Burns was awarded the Graduate Research prize, and Meredith May was the first recipient of the newly established McDonald Research Prize. The Texas Oral History Association recognized Kendra DeHart as the author of the association's best journal article of the year.


Ph.D. student Jamalin Harp has been awarded a competitive Princeton University Library Research Grant to work in Princeton’s library collections this summer for her dissertation on the Washington Orphan Asylum.


Congratulations to Dr. Peter Szok, who was awarded a Fulbright grant to support his research on indigenous art in modern Panama.


Dr. Max Krochmal's work on civil rights activism in Texas is featured in the latest issue of Endeavors - read more about it here!


Congratulations to Dr. Ben Tillman, selected as the next A.M. Pate Professor for 2015-16. The Pate Professorship recognizes excellence in research and writing and provides support for the recipient for a particular research project.


The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are "Aviation History of North Texas since 1911" with Bill Morris on April 4 and "How to Spot an Endangered Building" with Jerre Tracy of Historic Fort Worth, Inc. on May 2. 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.




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