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Welcome to History

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

The mission of the Department of History 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 courses work closely with faculty members to build a foundation of historical 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 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 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


Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 marks TCU’s first Indigenous Peoples Day symposium. The theme of the day is Native American and Indigenous perspectives on the observance of Columbus Day and the impact of efforts to colonize and assimilate Native peoples. Four Native American speakers will be on campus and engaged in a number of activities during the day, including a Tipi on the Commons, an exhibit in the West Lobby of the library, and a panel discussion beginning at 7 pm in the BLUU Ballroom. See the symposium website for more information.

Congratulations to Dr. Gene Smith, recognized at the September 13 convocation as one of two AddRan recipients of the College Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar, and to Dr. Max Krochmal, one of four finalists for the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community.

An essay by Ph.D. student and Schmidt Memorial Scholar Lisa Barnett is featured in The Christian Century; read it here.

Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American who with his family was forced to move into an internment camp in northern Wyoming after the United States entered World War II. He will speak on “Memories of Heart Mountain: Life in an American Prison Camp during WWII” on Thursday, October 6, at 2 pm in Palko 130.  This talk, sponsored by History and Sociology/Anthropology, is free and open to the public.

Several events this fall reflect on the Vietnam War, with films and campus visits from veterans, journalists and historians. Presentations include Pierre Asselin, "Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War," on October 17, Diane Carlson Evans, "Reflections on Vietnam Veteran Women, the Vietnam Women's Memorial and Healing the Wounds of War," on November 8, and "My Lai: A Conversation with Jim Lane" on November 10. See the full program here.

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. .

The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. 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!