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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



You're invited to a talk by Dr. Tibor Glant, visiting Fulbright professor, on "The American Adventures of the Holy Crown of Hungary in the Cold War." Tuesday, February 9, 6 pm, Sid Rich Lecture Hall 1. Dr. Glant's year at TCU is supported by TCU's Global Citizenship initiative.


History majors: are you interested in a history-related internship? Dr. Alex Hidalgo's museums course will feature a panel of current and former history interns from the National Archives, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and more. They'll talk about their experiences and answer questions. Come for useful tips on finding out more about internship opportunities to help your History major work for you! Tuesday, February 16, from 11:00-12:00 in Reed 319. Contact Dr. Meier for more information.


Congratulations to Dr. Becca Sharpless, whose edited collection Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives (University of Georgia Press) received the Liz Carpenter Award for research on women’s history from the Texas State Historical Association.


What do Aretha Franklin and Dr. Dre have in common with colonial Latin America? Read Dr. Alex Hidalgo's essay in Perspectives on music and historical analysis!


The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are "A Tale of Two Families - The Cheney-Sanders History in Fort Worth" with Drew Sanders on February 6, and Dr. Laura McLemore presentingAdele Briscoe Looscan: Daughter of the Republic" on March 5. 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!