Department of History AddRan College of Liberal Arts Texas Christian University

Department of History AddRan College of Liberal Arts Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


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. TCU houses the Center for Texas Studies and offers easy access to The National Archives at Fort Worth (formerly known as National Archives Southwest Region), a remarkable research resource, and the Amon Carter Museum of American History, which has an excellent library as well as extensive art collections related to American art and the art of the American West.

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.

Campus 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, Sundance Square, Forth Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers convenient travel to conferences and research sites.

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, 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. Travel funds are also available from the Graduate Student Senate and other offices on campus. 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, public history, 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. Jodi Campbell

Associate Professor

Phone: 817-257-5882
Fax: 817-257-5650

Ms. Dana Summers

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 817-257-7822
Fax: 817-257-5650

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • United States Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 4
    • 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


53% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 26
    • Accepted 14
    • Acceptance Rate 53
    • Enrolled 11
  • 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
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL recommended

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian86%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty14
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGender history, military history, popular culture, imperialism, American West
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$48,000





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