About the Department

The programs and courses in history at The University of Tulsa are an essential part of the humanities-based Tulsa Curriculum. Courses in history are taught in the General Curriculum under the rubric of Historical and Social Interpretation. Members of the history faculty regularly offer First Seminars and Senior Seminars. History is a major component within the certificate programs offered in African American Studies, Classics, International Studies, Legal Studies, Museum Studies, Judaic Studies , Political Philosophy, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The Department of History is one of five departments in the College of Arts and Sciences that offers graduate study as well as an undergraduate major.

Classes in the department are characteristically small (15 to 25 students), and the faculty takes particular pride in its record of teaching excellence and its availability to students.

Each year, the William A. Settle award and the Bessie McAlpine Sullins award are given to outstanding history majors and the Kimberly S. Hanger prize is given for outstanding compositions. A chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honorary organization, is established on campus.

The history major provides a valuable background for students considering careers in law; journalism; library and museum work; education; local, state, national, and international public service; and business. Students of history are essential wherever a knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs is required; some devote their lives to teaching and historical research.