Majoring in History isn’t just about the past; it’s about where we came from and where we’re going. A degree in History will give you a broad analytical skill set recognized by universities and employers. History majors research, interpret and analyze historical events and data, but only a small percent of majors end up being professional historians.
A degree in history will make you a more well-rounded person with a concrete understanding of culture. Many of our History majors go on to four-year universities and law schools.
Why Choose History at TJC?
- Highly credentialed and experienced faculty. We have more Ph.D.'s than any other department at TJC.
- Affordable tuition & textbooks.
- Low student-faculty ratio. Face-to-face classes capped at 35; online at 32; many with fewer than 20.
- Six courses in the Core Curriculum.
- 100+ declared History majors.
- Fully-online Associate of Arts in History.
- Extensive dual-credit programs provided at 18 dual-credit campuses: Arp, Alba-Golden, Bullard, Chapel Hill, Cumberland Academy, Grand Saline, Hawkins, John Tyler, Lindale, Mineola, New Summerfield, Quitman, Robert E. Lee, Rusk, Troup, Winona, Van, Yantis, and two Early College high schools.
- History courses are available in the TJC Presidential Honors Program.
- Classes offered in regular terms, 8-week, 12-week, Wintermester, May Term, & Midsummer.
Studying history at TJC can be a great start to your academic career. Our program provides you with the first two years of United States History and Western Civilization coursework. In addition to that, we offer a broad selection of liberal arts courses that will make transferring to a four-year institution stress-free.
Our full-time faculty includes History & Anthropology Ph.D.s from LSU, Tulane, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and SMU, as well as an A.B.D. from the University of Memphis, and M.A.s from UT-Tyler, Houston at Clear Lake, Virginia, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. With adjuncts, whose 11 Ph.D.s in History and Geography come from LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Texas A & M, Texas Tech, and, Baylor, we have the largest cohort of Ph.D.s on campus. Several of our faculty are veterans, including a Navy Lieutenant and a Navy Lieutenant Commander. We share our content knowledge with students and the public, and contribute to our campus and community through donations and volunteer work.
Who We Are
- Wallis Jerril Burnette, Professor - History
- Stephen Blaine Stine, Professor - History
- Dr. Keith Evan Eppich, Professor - History and Anthropology
- Dr. Kahne Parsons, Professor - History
- Dr. Jeffrey Owens, Professor - History/Department Chair - History/Geography
- Sharon Kyser, Professor - History
- Dr. Justin Liles, Professor, History
- Dr. Wilm Kirk Strawbridge, Professor - History
- Robert Brooks, Professor - Geography and History
- Scott Richard McDonald, Professor - History and Sociology
- Donna Belt, Professor - History
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