The Texas Semester is a journey of physical and intellectual dimensions. Texans feel a spiritual connection to the land; one can't understand why without experiencing the vastness and diversity of our landscape. Weekly trips from Abilene directed by our professors are a crucial component of the curriculum. Then, the semester concludes with an epic road trip, a three-week tour of the state's geographic regions, including visits to historic sites, archival repositories, natural wonders, and some of the state's finest restaurants. Leading authorities provide access and expertise about which tourists can only dream.
If you possess the drive, dedication, and imagination, The Texas Semester will provide an adventure to last a lifetime. The road will be long, the demands many and stringent. We limit enrollment to ten highly qualified participants. Faculty mentors seek to create a close-knit community and life-long associations. Those who complete the instruction are equipped to enjoy a long-term participation in the life of Texas, to fill key positions in politics, public policy, business, and education. When we say this journey is demanding, believe us. This is not a program for whiners, slackers, or prima donnas. Bring blue jeans and come ready to work. Those selected for the journey will earn their pride. Those who finish it will have earned their spurs - and their swagger.
* McMurry University is currently accepting applications for Spring Semester.
* Located in Abilene, we are within convenient driving distance of many of the states leading attractions.
* More than routine class work, The Texas Semester is a wholly immersive experience.
* The ten participants will receive up to eighteen hours of university credit.
* Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive certification in Texas history and culture.
* Those unable to fit in the entire semester may apply to participate in the culminating three-week Grand Tour of Texas.
History has been an active part of McMurry University's academic program ever since the institution's first classes began in 1923. Today, history continues to be made by a full-time staff of four who pride themselves on their professional accomplishments both within and outside the classroom. McMurry's small, intimate environment promises students the kind of personal attention that they often miss at larger schools, but also affords them a surprisingly varied mix of intellectual challenges. It's this combination of intimacy and intellectual diversity that distinguishes the McMurry history program and enables it to fulfill McMurry's mission of promoting excellence, leadership, and virtue.