History :: Welcome

Welcome to the History Department

Whether you are pursuing a career in history or are just passionate about the subject, our courses develop skills that prepare you to become a responsible citizen and to pursue your career. In addition to acquiring historical knowledge, you will learn how to interpret complex sources of information, think critically about the relationship between the past and the present and communicate your ideas effectively. In the process, you will gain an appreciation of the cultural diversity that shapes our world.

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History :: Explore Our Programs

Explore Our Programs

Public History Graduate Certificate

This certificate helps you develop specific skills related to public history.  The practical, theoretical and analytical training provided in the certificate program will enhance your ability to compete for jobs in museums, historical societies, cultural resource centers, parks and historic preservation.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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History :: WHAT Conference

World History Association of Texas | WHAT

WHAT CONFERENCE

The World History Association of Texas (WHAT) conference provides a forum for the discussion of all aspects of World History. Every year the conference chooses a special thematic focus to drive the various lectures and discussions.

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History :: Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta

A&M-Commerce proudly hosts the Eta-Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honors Society for History. Phi Alpha Theta promotes research, teaching, and publication in order to increase awareness and knowledge about history. The Eta-Beta chapter provides history students an academic community and professional development opportunities. The organization strives to bring our university’s students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges related to the field and profession of history.

Though one does not need to be a member to participate, membership is encouraged. To be a member in the Eta-Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta undergraduates must have completed a minimum of twelve semester hours of history courses, maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA in applicable history courses of 3.1, and be a currently enrolled student in good standing with A&M Commerce. Graduate students must also have twelve semester hours of coursework completed, maintain a GPA no lower than a 3.5, while also being currently enrolled students in good standing. If you are already a member of Phi Alpha Theta from another university, or wish to learn more information about the organization and how to join, please contact the faculty advisor or the chapter president.

Advisors and Contact Information

The Phi Alpha Theta chapter advisor is Dr. Andrew C. Baker. For information regarding membership or other details of the organization, please contact the Department of History Office.

Activities

In Spring 2018, the Eta Beta chapter held professionalization and writing workshops for undergraduate and graduate students. The chapter hosted the regional PAT conference.  TAMUC students Mykah Jones-Henschel, Chris Rowback and Michelle Hodge received paper awards.

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History :: Featured Alumni

Alumni Spotlight

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History :: Featured News

News Spotlights

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History :: RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND GRANTS

Our Research

In addition to teaching, our faculty are always endeavoring to contribute to historical scholarship. Below, find a few of our ongoing and completed projects.

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History :: Resources

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

The History Department and the university provides lots of opportunities to support your studies. Visit the resources below to get more information.

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships will be awarded by the History Department scholarship committee following the criteria listed under each award. No student may receive more than one History Department scholarship in any award year. The committee may withhold awards at their discretion. Applications and all required supplementary materials must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships using the General Scholarship Application by the appointed deadline found on the Office of Financial Aid website. Please do not submit any materials to the History Department Office. Generally scholarship applications are due in the spring and are awarded for the following academic year. Scholarship award values may vary based on the availability of funds. For questions regarding the scholarship award process, contact Dr. Judy Ford.

Charles Ternay Neu Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must be admitted to Texas A&M University-Commerce as undergraduates, have declared the intention of majoring in History either through filing a degree plan or listing History as their major on their admission documents, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. The award will be given to the qualified applicant with the highest overall GPA.

Mattie Baker Prize for Merit

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce, have an undergraduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), have completed at least nine semester credit hours in History (excluding History 1301 and 1302) with a major GPA in History of at least 3.3. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Frank B. Jackson Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce, have an undergraduate or graduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), be classified as a junior or senior (if undergraduate),must have completed at least nine semester credit hours in History (excluding History 1301 and 1302), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.3. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials and the quality of their essay. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Jewell and Jesse Guy Smith Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University, have an undergraduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), have completed at least nine semester hours in History (excluding History 1301 and 1302), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.3. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials and the quality of their essay. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Joe Fred Cox Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as full-time students, be in good standing at the university, have an undergraduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), be classified as a junior, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Anthony Regenald Heneger Prize

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as a graduate students, have a graduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.5. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials and the quality of their essay. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

W. Eugene Hollon Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as graduate students, have a graduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.5. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Adkins Family History Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as either an undergraduate or graduate student and have a degree plan on file with a major in history (any track). Applicants should submit a 1-2 page essay discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on the submitted essay. The donor (or his designated agent) will be provided with a copy of the essay for review.

Billie and Otha Spencer “Storytellers” Scholarship

This award is given to assist students in conducting oral history research. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as either an undergraduate or graduate student and have a degree plan on file with a major in history (any track). Applicants should submit a research proposal of no more than 500 words outlining the project goals, their research process, and how they plan to spend the funds. Proposals will be ranked by the scholarship committee. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate. Preference will be given to proposals related to the East Texas War and Memory Project. The committee may award multiple prizes at their discretion.

Financial Aid

Students who have full admission to the program may be eligible for several forms of financial aid, including Texas Public Education Grants, college work-study, graduate assistantships, housing scholarships, scholarships and loan programs. For more information, please contact Enrollment and Financial Aid Processing at 903.886.5096.

Academic Integrity Policy

Preface

The Department of History considers the historic purposes of higher education and learning generally to be subverted when students engage in any form of academic dishonesty. A college education is not merely a ticket to a high paying job, but also reflects serious study beyond governmentally mandated schooling. Inherent in higher education is the development of the whole person, not merely the “credentialing” of the individual or the inculcation of “marketable skills.” Believing development of the whole person demands all in the University community abide by basic recognized academic and ethical standards, the Department has drafted these policies regarding academic integrity to govern its interaction with students.

This policy was developed with reference to existing policies used by the Department of Sociology as well as the Department of Literature and Languages. It is also consonant with and will be enforced in a manner consistent with Texas A&M University-Commerce policies. Those University policies include:

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce Code of Student Conduct
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce Procedures, A 13.04, 13.12, 13.31, and 13.32

Conduct Covered By This Policy

Academic integrity violations comprehended by this policy vary from plagiarism to other forms of inappropriate academic conduct. It is important to understand that the enumerated behaviors below do not represent a comprehensive list. An academic integrity violation may inhere in conduct not specifically listed below, but that is nonetheless inappropriate in the view of a reasonable person(s). As a rule, if a student has doubts about whether or not her/his intended action or activity is appropriate, then the student ought to consult the professor involved beforehand. It is better to be embarrassed by a question than put into difficulty by an action.

Sufficient Notice

This policy, along with other University guidelines, represents sufficient notice to any student enrolled in a department course or program that his/her conduct in that course or program is governed by these academic integrity standards. Ignorance of this policy is neither an excuse nor a mitigating circumstance for violations.

Procedure and Penalties

As a rule, procedural and penalty issues regarding academic integrity violations are the purview of the instructor, whatever rank or level of experience. However, academic integrity policies need to be clearly spelled out in syllabi, consistently and proportionately applied, and discussed with students at the beginning of each course. Course syllabi should also refer students to this policy.

Plagiarism

“1. The action or practice of plagiarizing; the wrongful publication or purloining, and publication as one’s own of the ideas, or expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) of another.” Oxford English Dictionary.

Students should know that plagiarism occurs any time another’s ideas or words are used without attribution. Direct quotations must be cited and set off from other text by quotation marks (“”); paraphrasing of another’s ideas must also be cited. Copying from other students is also plagiarism. Any offense wholly or partially touching the above definition constitutes plagiarism for the purposes of this policy.

Faculty members take plagiarism very seriously for two main reasons. First, it represents a subversion of the learning process and cheapens the learning experience for other students as well as the offender. Secondly, college faculty themselves must strictly abide by rules governing their scholarly work, including prohibitions against plagiarism. It is a core value of scholarly professionalism to acknowledge the intellectual contributions of others. It is also an element of our civil and criminal law, as well as the ethical standards of the learned professions—i.e. accounting, architecture, engineering, law, medicine, etc.

Cheating On Examinations, Quizzes, and Other Course Assignments: The Oxford English Dictionary defines the verb “to cheat” as: “2. to defraud; to deprive of by deceit; 3. a. to deceive, impose upon, trick; b. to lead into (an action) by deception; 4. a. to deal fraudulently, practice deceit.”

Any attempt to circumvent the integrity of the testing process or otherwise evade the fullest demands of class assignments in an unethical manner constitutes cheating. That can mean looking on another student’s exam, consulting notes or books during an exam unless specifically permitted by the instructor, stealing an exam and circulating it among other students, text messaging in class during an exam, or lying to an instructor about such activities all constitute forms of academic dishonesty that amount to cheating. Any offense wholly or partially touching the above definition constitutes cheating for the purposes of this policy.

Collusion

“2. Secret agreement or understanding for purposes of trickery or fraud; underhand scheming or working with another; deceit, fraud, trickery.” Oxford English Dictionary.

Cooperating with another person or a group in any behavior banned by this policy is collusion. Examples would include: allowing another to copy one’s exam answers; taking a paper from or contributing a paper to an online paper clearinghouse, which would also be plagiarism, standing watch while a professor is out of the room while others cheat, or taking an exam for another student. Any offense wholly or partially touching the above definition constitutes collusion for the purposes of this policy.

Abuse

“2.a. Wrong or improper use, misuse, misapplication, perversion.”

This offense is particularly applicable to University facilities and resource material supplied by the University or its agents, i.e. professors. Abuse would include deliberate damaging of classroom furniture or technology, theft of review sheets kept on file, sale of materials provided by instructors free of charge, deliberate attempts to sabotage the work of other students, or defacing instructional materials. Any offense wholly or partially touching the above definition constitutes abuse for the purposes of this policy.

This is not an exhaustive listing of possible offenses under this policy. Unethical student conduct that to a reasonable person(s) appear comparable to these prohibited actions is also included.

Disciplinary action for offenses under this policy is largely the purview of the instructor. However, they can include any one or combination of the following:

  1. Point deduction on an assignment.
  2. Failure for an assignment.
  3. A grade of zero for an assignment.
  4. Failure for the course.
  5. Referral to the Academic Integrity Committee or department head for further action.
  6. Referral to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  7. Referral to the University Discipline Committee.
  8. Communication of student’s behavior to the Teacher Certification Office and/or Dean of the College of Education as constituting a reason to bar student from entering into or continuing in a teacher certification program. Procedures, A 13.04, 13.12, 13.31, and 13.32

This department’s Academic Integrity Committee exists to assist in the implementation of this policy. The committee will confer formally or informally as violations are brought to its attention. Its role is advisory, but also potentially determinative. Faculty may request committee advice about a particular case, or faculty may wish the committee determine the appropriate response to a particular violation.

Faculty Autonomy and Academic Integrity

The Department of History supports faculty autonomy in determining, executing and evaluating the effectiveness of classroom policies. The existence of the Academic Integrity Committee and this policy should in no way be construed as an attempt to diminish the fundamental principle of faculty autonomy.

Contact for Questions

Undergraduate students should direct questions about the program to Dr. Derrick McKisick.

Graduate students should direct questions about the program to Dr. Sharon Kowalsky.

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History :: Contact

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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