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Greetings from the Department Chair

Dr. Scott W. Palmer

Prof. Scott W. Palmer

Students choose to study History at UTA for many different reasons. Some have a passion for learning and creating. Others enjoy analyzing evidence, forming their own arguments, and engaging in spirited debate. All are curious about the world around them and want to understand how it came to be.

Whatever your motivation, the Department’s interdisciplinary faculty, courses, and programs give you the flexibility to pursue subjects relevant to your intellectual interests while preparing you to succeed in your future career.

Our program’s faculty members are among the leading scholars in their respective fields. Their research and teaching interests encompass every historical era from the ancient past to the recent present while spanning the globe to cover regions including Texas and the Transatlantic world, Latin America and Africa, Europe and Eurasia as well as, of course, the USA.

Our classroom subjects are equally diverse. Faculty members regularly offer courses on labor, gender, and ethnic history; the urban landscape; public history and research methods; constitutional and legal history, disability studies; military history; digital humanities; environmental history; and the history of technology and science.

Interested in learning more about the physical and figurative worlds? We also offer courses on human and world regional geography, spatial analytics, cartography, and Geographical Information Science (GIS).

The Department’s expanding experiential learning opportunities will help you develop transferrable skills such as data management, textual analysis, audio-visual production, and web design. Our programs prepare graduates to make the most out of any post-graduate opportunity. UTA History graduates have pursued successful careers in government and foreign service, archives and museum management, teaching, public relations, as well as in business and social service agencies.

In addition to three Bachelor's degree plans and numerous minor options at the undergraduate level, we offer a rigorous M.A. degree in History as well as a Ph.D. in Transatlantic History. One of only three doctoral programs offered in UTA’s College of Liberal Arts, ours offers students full fellowships, opportunities to teach at the undergraduate level, and research support to assist them in completing their degrees in a timely manner.

Our mission as a department is to serve our students, the campus, and the community at large by investigating the past in a manner that enlightens the present. We want our students to use their historical knowledge and insight to serve humanity in the best possible way. This mission is central to our department. We take it seriously - and we act on it in every class that we teach each semester, every year.

We invite you to become a student in UTA’s Department of History, the department 


Scott W. Palmer, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair