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Chair’s Message

As teachers of the past, we in the Department of History are also stewards of the future, for we believe that our curriculum’s promotion of critical inquiry and understanding of history prepares today’s students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. History is the mainspring of our cultural literacy and the training ground for reflection, analysis, interpretation, and effective writing, all of which are indispensable to communicating with fellow citizens and with people from other cultures.

Students taking history courses enjoy working closely with our twenty full-time faculty members who are widely recognized in their fields for their prize-winning teaching, scholarship, and research. We equip undergraduates with knowledge and skills vital to the pursuit of any career, whether it be in the classroom, the courtroom, or the boardroom. In the last year alone our graduating History majors have gone on to jobs in such diverse fields as global business development, outreach work with veterans, and fundraising for museums.

Build Your Major or Minor

TCU’s history major and minor are flexible programs that let you choose from a wide variety of courses:

  • Our 10000-level survey courses provide broad introductions to the history of the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and World History.
  • Upper-division 30000-and 40000-level courses let you explore specific topics ranging from the military and the environment to gender, popular culture, food, and the Constitution.
  • Students interested in public history can take courses on Museums & Collecting and also earn credit for completing hands-on internships at local museums, libraries, and archives.
  • We offer courses on career and professional development, including “The Historian’s Craft” and “Make Your Major Work.”
  • Our capstone research seminar takes you through the process of researching and writing an original thesis based on primary source research.

The History Department also offers a variety of scholarships and travel funds to support students who wish to pursue their own research. History majors who are interested in advancing to graduate study in history, law, or another field are especially encouraged to work on a department thesis with a faculty mentor.

Pursue a Graduate Degree

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the History Department’s Ph.D. program, which continues to cultivate professional historians in our major fields of United States and Latin American history. You can find more information about our graduate program here.

William Meier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History