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Welcome to History and Geography


New: Undergraduate history course descriptions for Summer and Fall 2014 are now 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



The department's spring awards banquet took place on Monday, April 21. In addition to initiating new Phi Alpha Theta members, the department recognized Stephen Lopez as its Senior Scholar, Kirby Richards as the Hammond Award winner, and Ryan Higgins as the recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution (Van Zandt Chapter) award. Beth Hessel was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Award, and Scarlet Jernigan received the Graduate Student Research Award. See pictures here.


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.


Congratulations to Dr. Hanan Hammad, who 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 Dr. Roberto Calderon of the University of North Texas, "Exploring Más allá del Río Bravo: Breve Historia Mexicana del Norte de Texas (Beyond the Rio Bravo: A Brief Mexican History of North Texas), on September 6, and “Wanderings in Texas Cemeteries and What We Might Learn from Them” with Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe of Baylor University, October 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.


See more on our News & Events page!