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Welcome to History and Geography


Undergraduate history course descriptions for Summer and Fall 2014 are posted here. See your adviser (Dr. Campbell or Dr. Sanders) to talk about registration and program requirements. Spring 2015 course descriptions are coming soon!


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



The fall Phi Alpha Theta initiation will be held on Thursday, November 6, at 3:30 pm on the first floor of Reed Hall. Congratulations to new initiates Garret Evans, Brandon Frank, Rebekah Yarmchuk, Taylor Meneley, Brennan Rivas, Lauren Mackson, Henry Hollo, Eric Gerber, and Kelly Shara.


History majors: Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Ben H. Procter Scholarship, named in honor of TCU professor Ben Procter (1927-2012). Students with an interest in Texas or Southwestern history and a GPA of 3.0 or above are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline has been extended to October 27; click here for the application.


Congratulations to Dr. Alex Hidalgo, whose dissertation was chosen by the Conference on Latin American History as the winner of this year's Lewis Hanke Post-Doctoral Award. The prize is given annually to a recent PhD recipient in order to conduct field research that will allow transformation of the dissertation into a book.


Dr. Jodi Campbell will present "Notorious Excess: Food, Status, and Self-Control in Early Modern Spain," at UNT on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4:30pm in the Business Leadership Building, Room 255. The talk is sponsored by UNT's Department of History and the Initiative in Food Culture and Environment.


Dr. Max Krochmal was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston to support his collaborative research project, “Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas, 1954-Present.”  Krochmal will lead a team of researchers that will collect, interpret, and disseminate approximately 100 new oral history interviews with African American, Mexican American, and white civil rights activists in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.  The project includes the creation of a digital humanities website.


Congratulations to Dr. Ken Stevens, whose Fulbright Scholar Award establishes him as the 2014 Laszlo Orszagh Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Read more about it here.


Dr. Hanan Hammad has been named a Visiting Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, UK, in the summer of 2015. She will contribute to an MPhil course at the University of Cambridge and organize a conference on religious minorities and popular culture in the modern Middle East.


Congratulations to our 2014-15 Graduate Dissertation Fellows! Beth Hessel is the recipient of the Benjamin W. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship, Jonathan Steplyk will receive a Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, and Dan Vogel was awarded the Benjamin W. Schmidt Teaching Fellowship.


The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are TCU's Dr. Jim Riddlesperger, "Historic Texas Elections," on November 1, and “Local History Uploaded: Preserving Fort Worth Online” with Rene Gomez of the Fort Worth Library on December 6. 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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