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Welcome to History and Geography


New: Undergraduate history course descriptions for spring 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. 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



Dr. Steve Woodworth, the department's Civil War expert, gave a presentation last week on "The Real Lincoln Conspiracy" at an event hosted by the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table.


We're happy to welcome several new colleagues to History & Geography this year. Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic (Reed 133) is the new Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in 20th Century America; she works on the history of wars and militarization, the history of gender and sexuality, and social and cultural history. Read more about Dr. Vuic and the Schmidt Professorship here. Dr. Tibor Glant (Scharbauer 2015B) is a visiting Fulbright Professor for 2015-16 from Debrecen University in Hungary; this fall he will be teaching courses on the U.S. and Eastern Europe during the Cold War and on the U.S. and Austria-Hungary in World War I. Dr. Kanika Verma (Reed 130D) joins us with interests in cultural and ethnic geography and the impact of films, games, and web-based GIS in students’ spatial thinking. Dr. Sean Crotty (Scharbauer 2015C) has taught geography in our department for several years, but is now confirmed as a tenure-track assistant professor.


The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are "The Evolution of Public Housing in Fort Worth" with Rene Gomez of the Fort Worth Library on December 5, and "TCU Library Special Collections: How We Can Help With Your Research" with Dr. June Koelker, Dean of the TCU Library, on January 9. 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!