Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where we cultivate an academic appreciation of diversity and offer opportunities to engage with and serve university, regional, national and global communities.

The Department of History offers B.A., B.S., M.A. and M.S. degrees as well as specialized certificates that acknowledge the acquisition of specific, history-related skills. The Department of History engages students with the human past, enables students to acquire insights into historic processes and prepares majors for responsible democratic citizenship. Additionally, department faculty members sharpen students’ ability to analyze and think critically about historical works and issues, and they assist students with developing the professional skills necessary for expressing themselves clearly in writing.

Faculty members have established a proven track-record of engaging students with the practice of and research in history that prepares students for their chosen careers in the academy, community and classroom. In the past few years, more and more students graduating from the department’s Masters’ program are being accepted into PhD programs. The program at Texas A&M University–Commerce provides students interested in pursuing academic careers with foundational graduate-level work which helps gain entry into PhD programs. Additionally, the department offers opportunities for select graduate students to gain valuable teaching experience; those individuals chosen for graduate assistanceships become instructors in their own classes that they develop from scratch and teach—such experience distinguishes the department’s Masters’ students from many of their peers throughout the state. Furthermore, the department’s graduate students are very active presenters at conferences, with faculty members guiding and facilitating such professional development.

 The department recognizes that the mastery of the subject of history necessitates a lifelong learning process. Faculty members have designed a program that incorporates a range of specializations in American, European, Asian and Latin American history from which students may select. All majors and second-majors also complete a methods class that sharpens basic and advanced skills needed to succeed in any history-related profession.

 The department’s majors use their degrees in history to pursue a variety of careers in academia and education. They are trained to become professional historians. They become secondary educators who teach history or social studies in secondary schools. They find employment as museum and archival professionals. Students also enter into government service, law, politics, publishing, genealogical services and public relations.

William F. Kuracina
Department Head and Associate Professor of History
Fall 2015