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The Department of History at Texas State University has twenty full-time and thirteen part-time faculty members offer a wide variety of courses in American and non-American societies, spanning the globe in coverage. They are actively engaged in a variety of other complementary programs and activities.

The Center for Texas Music History, which publishes the Journal of Texas Music History, cooperated extensively in publishing the Handbook of Texas Music, and presents the very popular Texas Music History Unplugged performance series among many activities, is housed within the department.

The department is also the official institutional sponsor for the World History Association of Texas [WHAT].

An integral participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities Southwest Regional Humanities Center, the department is also engaged in planning for the Dunbar Heritage and Museums District, a major heritage tourism and economic development initiative in San Marcos . We are a partner with two local school districts for Teaching American History Grants: the Hays CISD on a $760,224 grant during 2004-2006, and the San Marcos CISD on a $996,903 grant during 2005-2007. Departmental faculty participants in the three-year programs include Dr. Gregg Andrews, Mr. Alan Atchison, Dr. Mary Brennan, Dr. Vikki Bynum, Dr. Frank de la Teja, Mrs. Trace Etienne-Gray, Dr. Jeff Mauck, Dr. Jimmy McWilliams, and Dr. Dwight Watson. Dr. Dennis Dunn [director of the Center for International Studies], Dr. Lydia Garner, and Dr. Paul Hart are participants in a $164,845 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a new interdisciplinary Inter-American Studies project based at Texas State .

Arabic and Portugese have been offered at Texas State since August 2002 and 2003 respectively, because of the efforts of Dr. Carol Bargeron and Dr. Garner, whose interests in Middle Eastern and Latin American studies sparked wider interest in offering the languages.