Skip to page content

History Program Overview

Student Spotlight

I became a history major because no matter what field I enter after my time here at Tarleton State, my employer will expect me to be able to read at a high level, write formal and informal presentations, and be knowledgeable about the subject. I really believe being a history major teaches you how to do all three things.
Matthew Killingsworth, Current History Student

The History program of the Department of Social Sciences at Tarleton State University offers both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees through courses with a variety of topics taught by exceptional faculty. The undergraduate and graduate degree paths provide students with exciting opportunities to explore how historians investigate, analyze, and write about history. The focus is on critical thinking and writing, as history is about solving problems, investigating mysteries, and writing clearly and persuasively. The skills gained in these programs can be applied in nearly any career. You can learn more about the History B.A. and M.A. programs checking out our degree pages.

The strength of this program is evident in the quality students and faculty. From scholarly publications with major presses to excellence in the classroom, our faculty offer a wide range of specializations, quality instruction, and mentoring in research, conference presentations, and graduate work. Students have opportunities to engage in many activities from research and presentations related to courses, study abroad and away programs, campus student organizations, internships, area opportunities in local and public history, and much more. We welcome you to contact our department or one of the faculty listed below for more information.

Faculty

Department of Social Sciences - History Faculty
Name Title Office Phone
Dr. T.L. Baker Professor O.A. Grant Building, Room 342 254-968-9861
Ms. Stephanie Beach   O.A. Grant Building, Room 371  
Dr. Jensen Branscombe Assistant Professor O.A. Grant Building, Room 389 254-968-0596
Dr. Lora Burnett Visiting Assistant Professor O.A. Grant Building, Room 315 254-968-9021
Dr. Richard A. Cruz Associate Professor O.A. Grant Building, Room 366 254-968-9625
Dr. Patrick Funiciello Assistant Professor O.A. Grant Building, Room 346 254-968-9086
Dr. Aaron George Instructor O.A. Grant Building, Room 315 254-968-9021
Dr. Christopher Hickman Assistant Professor O.A. Grant Building, Room 361 254-968-9629
Dr. Debbie Liles Assistant Professor & W. K. Gordon Endowed Chair O.A. Grant Building, Room 364 254-968-9305
Dr. Steven Peach Assistant Professor O.A. Grant Building, Room 346 254-968-9086
Mr. Ted Roberts Instructor O.A. Grant Building, Room 378 254-968-9077
Dr. Rufki Salihi   O.A. Grant Building, Room 371