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Department of History AddRan College of Liberal Arts Texas Christian University

  • Fort Worth, TX
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 45%55%
    student ratio
  • 53
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 59%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

A History Department with Extensive Resources

TCU's history graduate studies program is rated among "U.S. News and World Report's" Best Grad Schools. Faculty members have published books on a number of historical topics, ranging from the history of Texas to modern Chinese military history. At the PhD level, the department of history and geography awards degrees in American and Latin American history, with faculty members who specialize in various facets of history including colonial and revolutionary America, the antebellum period and the Civil War, the Gilded Age and Progressive era, Mexico, colonial South America and the Caribbean, early modern Spain, and thematic topics such as women's history, popular culture, and military history. This group includes three endowed chairs in American history, Latin American history, and Texas history.

A Well-Regarded Private School with Big-City Resources

TCU, with almost 10,000 students, is an independent, highly selective teaching and research university with a dedication to academic freedom. It ranks among the "U.S. News and World Report's" Top 100 National Universities and the Princeton Review rates TCU among its Best Western Colleges.

It is located five miles from downtown Fort Worth, part of a metropolitan area of six million people and highly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the U.S Its location gives students easy access to the cultural, entertainment, and leisure options of the nation's fourth-largest metro area. The campus is convenient to popular destinations including the Fort Worth Zoo and adjacent Forest Park, the city's museum district, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

The Master of Arts in History Degree Program

Students pursuing a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in history at TCU are expected to complete 30 hours of approved coursework focused on U.S., Latin American, Asian, or European history. Interdisciplinary and individually tailored fields of study may be approved by the history department's graduate committee.

Courses cover such topics as historiography and bibliography, History as a profession, and reading and research seminars on regional, chronological, or thematic topics. Recent master's thesis topics have included Texas antitrust laws, the ecology of Florida under English colonial control, and the role of women in the antebellum American South. The department offers a thesis option and a non-thesis option.

The Ph.D. in United States and Latin American History Degree Program

TCU offers 2 fields of study within its American history doctoral degree program: the United States to 1877 and the U.S. since 1877. Students in each major field must choose the other field for their minor course of study. All American history Ph.D. degree program students are required to meet the department's language requirement by demonstrating their reading knowledge of Spanish, French, German, or another language approved by the department. Students focusing on Latin American history also choose from 2 major fields of study: Latin America to 1821 and Latin America since 1821. As with the U.S. history program, students are required to choose 1 topic as their major field and the other as their minor and they must also satisfy the department's foreign language requirement.

Financial Aid and Academic Travel Funding

Nine out of 10 history graduate students at TCU receive financial aid of some sort. The department of history and geography at TCU offers teaching and graduate assistantships to qualified students on a competitive basis. Fellowships available to qualified Ph.D. degree program students include the Ida M. Green Fellowship for 1st-year doctorate degree program students and the Department Dissertation Fellowship, which offers financial support toward the completion of a dissertation.

The department's Benjamin W. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship provides a stipend and tuition hours to one qualified history graduate student each year to allow for a full academic year's focus on the dissertation.

Travel grant and fellowship funds are also available to select students who wish to travel for academic research, conference attendance, and job-interview purposes. The department also maintains a long list of outside resources that award grants and fellowships to history graduate students.

A Strong Job-Placement Track Record

Between the years 2000 and 2010, 78% of the department's Ph.D. graduates found full-time work in history-related fields such as teaching and consulting. Of those graduates, more than half found tenure-track jobs. TCU graduates hold faculty positions at schools including the University of Nebraska, the University of Alabama, and Budapest's University of Miskolc.


Location & Contact

Department of History

AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Texas Christian University

TCU Box 297260
Fort Worth, TX 76129
United States

Dr. Peter Worthing

Chairperson

Phone: 817-257-5882
Fax: 817-257-5650
Email: p.worthing@tcu.edu

Dr. Todd Kerstetter

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 817-257-6736
Fax: 817-257-5650
Email: t.kerstetter@tcu.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • U.S. And Latin American History Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • History Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 3
    • Doctoral Degrees 7
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

59% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 22
    • Accepted 13
    • Acceptance Rate 59
    • Enrolled 9
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Spring deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, statement of purpose, and writing sample, resume or curriculum vitae
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, statement of purpose, and writing sample, resume or curriculum vitae
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students53
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students53
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian88%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown4%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty23
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%

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