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James Selcraig


Dr. SelcraigOffice: TMH-224
Email: js32@txstate.edu
Phone: 512.245.3746


Curriculum Vitae

I grew up in Texas, and I went to Baylor University in 1968. I was as an undecided major for my first two years, but it was history that sparked my curiosity. I graduated in 1972. Two years later, I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where I acquired my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. I wrote my dissertation on the Second Red Scare (commonly called McCarthyism) in the Midwest. I became an instructor at Austin Community College in 1985, and then came to SWT in 1992. I have taught both parts of the introductory U.S. history survey - and upper division courses in U.S. History from 1945 to 1968, U.S. History since 1968, U.S. Diplomatic History, American Social and Intellectual History, and Texas History. My curiosity remains strong; I continue to do research in all of these areas. I continue to learn. I enjoy teaching, and am proud to have been awarded a Favorite Professor Award by the honor society, Alpha Chi, for several years.


Courses Taught

HIST 1310 U.S. HISTORY FROM THE COLONIAL ERA THROUGH RECONSTRUCTION
This is a general survey of this first era of U.S. history, and it is a Awriting intensive@ course.

HIST 1320 U.S. HISTORY FROM RECONSTRUCTION TO THE PRESENT
This is a general survey of this later era of U.S. history, and it is a Awriting intensive@ course.

HIST 3343 U.S. SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
The course examines a wide variety of topics, such as race, gender, ethnicity, class, and popular culture - but throughout the course, the unifying topic will be the varieties of American religious expression and the ways in which these religious ideas connect with the society.

HIST 3357 U.S. DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
The focus is foreign relations in the broad sense, not just narrow diplomacy. The course is organized chronologically, but concerns mostly the 20th century.

HIST 3372 TEXAS HISTORY
This is a survey of the entire length of Texas history, from the Native Americans (before the Spaniards came) to the present era. It has a wide focus - politics, economics, gender, race, religion, and more.

HIST 4360 U.S. HISTORY FROM 1945-1968
This course studies the interplay of political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shaped American society in this era. Plus, it also examines foreign relations.

HIST 4361 U.S. HISTORY FROM 1968-THE PRESENT
This course studies the interplay of political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shaped American society in this era. Plus, it also examines foreign relations.