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Welcome to History and Geography


New: Undergraduate history course descriptions for Spring 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



Join your fellow students and professors Dr. Emily Farris (Political Science), Dr. Max Krochmal (History) and Dr. Stacie McCormick (English) next Wednesday at 5:00 pm in Rogers 234 for a TCU community discussion on "Black Lives Matter," on perspectives of race in America. This discussion will follow up on recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, and Staten Island and raise questions concerning the use of lethal force by police officers, of civil rights and race, and of American society. For any questions, please e-mail e.farris@tcu.edu.


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.


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 event in the series is Texas Adoption Activist Edna Gladney: A Life and Legacy of Love” with Sherrie McLeRoy. 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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