The William P. Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University offers innovative graduate study in American history . The department has particular strengths in the history of the Southwest borderlands and the American West, American political history, the history of race in America, and early American history. Moreover, the department boasts topical and methodological expertise in global/comparative history, cultural history, digital humanities, and the history of gender.
The Department of History is home to two centers that sustain and enrich its core offerings through research colloquia, visiting postdoctoral fellows, and scholarly lectures. The Clements Center for Southwest Studies has long been the nation’s leading venue for research in the history of the Southwest in a transnational perspective. And since 2012, the Center for Presidential History promotes critical inquiry into the study of the rich history of U.S. politics and government, broadly defined.
SMU, a national-ranked private university, is home to top flight research facilities, including the DeGolyer Library, which is devoted to the history of the Southwest, the history of business, and the history of science and technology; the Bridwell Library, which provides a wealth of resources for the study of religious history; and the George W. Bush Presidential Library, one of four presidential research libraries within easy reach of Dallas.