In 1998, the UTA implemented a Ph.D. program in Transatlantic History. Unlike other doctoral programs, the Ph.D. Program in Transatlantic focuses on the interactions of people and regions across the Atlantic from the fifteenth century to the present time. The program is not defined by political boundaries, and students explore the interactions and cross-cultural developments between Europe, Africa, and the Americas over the last six centuries. Also, check out the Transatlantic History Doctoral Program at UT Arlington page on Facebook and Transatlantic History in Texas: University of Texas at Arlington on Historians TV, from the American Historical Association.
The History department offers a number of courses and specializations for students wishing to pursue a B.A., M.A., or Ph.D. degree at UTA.
Traversea is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the publication of research in transatlantic history. Transatlantic history pertains to the interconnectedness of human experience and cross-cultural encounters of Europe, Africa, and the Americas (North and South) from 1500 to the present. Transatlantic history is inherently interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative in approach and moves beyond the boundaries imposed by the concept of the nation state. The editors invite submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature. Traversea is operated by doctoral students as a joint project between the Transatlantic History Student Organization and the doctoral program in transatlantic history at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The purpose of UTA’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. THSO often co-hosts many events with Phi Alpha Theta.
The library and its website offer many useful starting points for research.
UTA’s Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography fosters interdisciplinary study of the Southwest and publicizes the University's Special Collections pertaining to the region and its cartographic history.
On the sixth floor of UTA’s Central Library, Special Collections specializes in historical materials relating to Texas, the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), the cartographic history of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, and Mexico from 1810-1920. The collections include more than 30,000 volumes, 7,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival collections, 5,000 historical maps, 3,600,000 photographic prints and negatives, and thousands of items in other formats.
UTA hosts a project called Cartographic Connections: Improving Teaching through the Use of Historic Maps, which is a three-year, interactive electronic pilot project. Its goal is to connect secondary school students and teachers to a primary source—historic maps of Texas, the Southwest and beyond, dating from the 1500s through the 1900s. Through the use of maps, students gain a better understanding of history and the sources that reveal it.
Renowned historian Walter Prescott Webb (1888-1963) was intimately associated with the University of Texas, he repeatedly asserted that this institution had a bright future, urged his and other graduate students to join its faculty, and followed its growth in size and stature with the special interest of a man seeing his prophecies fulfilled. For decades now, UTA’s Department of History has respectfully dedicates a lecture series to his memory.
The Texas Map Society was organized in 1996 to foster the study, understanding, and collecting of historical maps and the history of cartography. Membership only requires an interest in maps of any nature and any focus. Members support the activities of the society and participate in special events and programs. The Texas Map Society is one of only a few such societies in the United States and the only one in Texas.
The Society for the History of Discoveries was formed to stimulate interest in teaching, research, and publishing the history of geographical exploration. Founded in 1960, the Society includes members from several academic disciplines as well as archivists, non-affiliated scholars, and laypersons with an interest in history. The scope of the Society's activities encompasses the discovery, exploration, and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from earliest times to the present—the explorers and the explored. The Society’s publications includes Terrae Incognitae, a journal of research papers and book reviews published annually since 1969, and five volumes in the series Studies in the History of Discoveries published jointly with the Newberry Library.
The Graduate Student Senate is the branch of Student Government representing our interests to the administration.
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