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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



Mark your calendars: The history department spring honors banquet and Phi Alpha Theta initiation will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 in the Kelly Center, featuring speaker Dr. Todd Kerstetter.


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!


Ologwagdi Díaz Rivera, one of Panama’s leading indigenous artists and a longtime veteran of the country’s labor and social protests movements, will visit TCU March 23-27. Events include “Ologwagdi and the Art of Protest” in the BLUU Ballroom at 5 pm on March 24, featuring ten of the artist’s banners and a short discussion on modern indigenous painting. Contact Dr. Peter Szok for more information.


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 department mourns the loss of Dr. Mark Gilderhus, who held the Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair from 1997 until his retirement in 2010. The TCU flag was flown at half staff on February 20, and a memorial service was held in Fort Collins, CO, on February 21. A memorial fund has been established with the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in recognition of Dr. Gilderhus's influence in diplomatic history. Read Dr. Gilderhus's obituary here.


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. 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.


The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are "Preserving the Bankhead Highway in Texas" with independent scholar Dan Smith on March 7 and "Aviation History of North Texas since 1911" with Bill Morris on April 4. 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.


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 Dissertation Scholarship, Jonathan Steplyk will receive a Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, and Dan Vogel was awarded the Benjamin W. Schmidt Teaching Fellowship.


See more on our News & Events page!