Majoring in History is not just about the past; it’s about where we came from and where we are 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; these accrued abilities will lead to career opportunities aside from being a professional historian.
A degree in history will also make you a more well-rounded person with a concrete understanding of culture. Become a serious student of history and gain a better understanding of the world we live in.
Why Choose History at TJC?
- Highly credentialed and experienced faculty. We have more Ph.Ds than any other department at TJC.
- Affordable tuition & textbooks.
- Low student-faculty ratio. Face-to-face and online classes are capped at 35; many with fewer than 20.
- Five 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, Lindale, Mineola, New Summerfield, Quitman, Tyler High, Tyler Legacy, 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, Wintermester, & May Term.
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.Ds from UT Austin, Texas A&M, 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.Ds 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.Ds 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
- Jared Wait, Professor - History/Department Chair - History/Geography
- Donna Belt, Professor - History
- Jerril Burnette, Professor - History
- Dr. Jeffrey Crean, Professor - History
- Dr. Keith Eppich, Professor - History/Anthropology
- Travis Jaquess, Professor - History (Duration)
- Sharon Kyser, Professor - History
- Dr. Justin Liles, Professor - History
- Dr. Jeffery Owens, Professor, History
- Dr. Kahne Parsons, Professor - History
- Stephen Stine, Professor - Economics/History/Government
- Paul Watts, Professor - History/Geography
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