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Introduction to the University

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Overview of Campuses

Texas A&M University-Commerce is a multi-campus university with over 8,000 students in Commerce and the Metroplex Center in Mesquite that provides graduate courses to a large Dallas/Ft. Worth constituency. Courses also are offered at Navarro College in Corsicana, Navarro College in Midlothian, and the Universities Center at Dallas (downtown). This catalog serves the graduate student population of all five campuses.

In addition to classes that are taught in the traditional classroom setting on the Commerce campus and at off-campus sites, a large array of graduate courses are offered via telecommunications and by internet-based instruction.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Hwy 50, Commerce, Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce main campus covers 1,883 acres, and the 140-acre campus proper is located eight blocks southwest of Commerce’s business center. The town of Commerce has a population of 8,650 and is located 65 miles northeast of Dallas, one of the world’s leading metropolitan areas. Surrounding the Commerce campus are several recreational lake areas. Commerce is in Hunt County, and Greenville, the county seat, has a population of more than 25,700 and is located just 14 miles west of Commerce.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Metroplex Center

2600 Motley Dr., Mesquite, Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce Metroplex Center is conveniently located between I-30, LBJ 635 and Hwy 80 in Mesquite, approximately 1.4 miles south of Eastfield Community College. This facility consists of 15 traditional classrooms, three distance learning rooms, two computer labs, a teaching computer lab, seminar area, library, bookstore, conference room and faculty/staff offices. This facility is shared by Texas A&M University-Commerce and the Mesquite Independent School District. Available through study at this facility are master’s degrees in educational leadership, elementary education, secondary education, special education, and global e-learning as well as courses supporting other programs. Onsite security and free parking are provided.

Navarro Partnership Program

Navarro College, 3200 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana, Texas

This partnership offers a four-year undergraduate program in education, a Master of Education in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Secondary Education, as well as graduate courses supporting other programs.

Navarro College Partnership

899 Mt. Zion, Midlothian, Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce and the Navarro College District Partnership offer the Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies for EC-4th grade and the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Midlothian, Texas. Navarro will offer the basic courses students need for Freshman and Sophomores, while Texas A&M University-Commerce will offer the courses for Juniors and Seniors.

Universities Center at Dallas (UCD)

1901 Main St. Suite 422, Dallas, Texas

Universities Center at Dallas comprises three universities: Texas A&M University-Commerce, the University of North Texas, and The University of Texas at Arlington. UCD in Downtown Dallas offers degrees for residents and working professionals in one convenient location from the best universities in DFW!  You can complete your bachelors, earn your masters, or work towards your doctorate evenings and weekends.  The Center is connected to the walkway and tunnel system linking downtown buildings.  It offers secured access and public parking and is served by DART bus routes and the RAIL. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

International Studies Program


Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes a number of international studies programs as part of its globalization strategy.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the British Studies Program (London), Spanish Culture and Language in Spain (Madrid or Valladolid), Bilingual/ESL Education (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Global Business (China).  Other programs are available in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Russia, South Africa, and Spain.  For information on these and other international studies programs, contact the director of International Studies.

Our History

Texas A&M University-Commerce began as East Texas Normal College in 1889, when founder William Leonidas Mayo opened the doors to a one-building campus in Cooper. His creed, which continues today, was “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others.” The institution’s history of dynamic change began in 1894 when “Mayo’s College” moved to Commerce. The state of Texas took over the campus in 1917 and the name was changed to East Texas State Normal College. In 1923, the school was renamed East Texas State Teachers College. The graduate program was added in 1935, and in 1957 the Legislature, recognizing that the purpose of the institution had broadened from teacher education, changed the name to East Texas State College. Following the inauguration of the first doctoral program in 1962, the school became East Texas State University. In 1996, the institution joined The Texas A&M University System and became Texas A&M University-Commerce. Today, at the Commerce campus, the Mesquite Metroplex Center, the Universities Center at Dallas, Navarro College Partnership, and through state-of-the-art telecommunications and internet-based instruction, the University meets the undergraduate, graduate, and professional needs of the citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond. Its mission is achieved through teaching, scholarly activities and research, and service activities on its campuses and in the community and region.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is the state agency, created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, that is charged with providing “leadership and coordination for the Texas Higher Education system to achieve excellence for the higher education of Texas students.” The Board exercises its leadership and oversight responsibilities through a variety of means that include making recommendations to the state for the enhancement of higher education, approving or disapproving degree programs, and establishing policies for the efficient use of the state’s higher education resources.

Our Vision

Texas A&M University-Commerce will be recognized as a premier regional university, distinctive for high expectations, a nurturing environment, and innovations in the enhancement of learning to produce graduates who distinguish themselves in their chosen careers and as active, contributing members of society.

By focusing on access, participation, and success of students in quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Texas A&M University-Commerce will become the university of choice for those seeking a higher education in the Northeast Texas area. As a result, Texas A&M University-Commerce will be recognized for the creation of partnerships and initiatives that promote intellectual, social, environmental, economic, and cultural advancement of the region and state.

Our Mission

Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal educational experience for a diverse community of life-long learners. Our purpose is to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service in an interconnected and dynamic world. Our challenge is to nurture partnerships for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic vitality of Texas and beyond.

Our Programs

Texas A&M University-Commerce offers graduate programs in 22 academic departments with more than 40 major areas of study. Five departments offer six doctoral degrees.

Graduate degrees now offered by A&M-Commerce are:

Master of Arts Master of Music Specialist
Master of Business Administration Master of Science Doctor of Education
Master of Education Master of Science in Finance Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Fine Arts Master of Social Work  

The Graduate School is one of five academic divisions of the University. The other divisions are the College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture, the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, the College of Business, and the College of Education and Human Services.

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts includes the departments of Art; History; Literature and Languages; Mass Media, Communication, and Theatre; Mathematics; Music; Political Science; and Sociology and Criminal Justice.

The College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture includes the departments of Agricultural Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science and Information Systems; Physics; Industrial Engineering and Technology.

The College of Business contains the departments of Accounting and Finance; Business Administration and Management Information Systems; and Marketing and Management.

The College of Education and Human Services comprises the departments of Counseling; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; Health and Human Performance; Psychology and Special Education; and Social Work.

Within these four colleges, major disciplines at the master’s level are accounting, agricultural sciences; agriculture education; applied criminology; art; art in teaching; biological sciences; broadfield sciences; business administration; chemistry; computer science; counseling; early childhood education; educational administration; educational technology; English; elementary education; finance; global E-learning; health, kinesiology, and sports studies; higher education; history; interdisciplinary studies; management; marketing; mathematics; music; physics; political science; psychology; reading; secondary education; social work; sociology; Spanish; special education; technology management; theatre.

Major areas of study leading to a doctoral degree include counseling; educational administration; educational psychology; English; and supervision, curriculum, and instruction-elementary education; and supervision, curriculum, and instruction-higher education.

* Pending Final Coordinating Board Approval

Cooperative Alliance Among Universities

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is an interstate agreement for sharing academic programs through an exchange of students across state lines. Students have access to selected programs not offered in their home states without having to pay nonresident tuition charges. Each of the participating states has designated a state coordinator for the program. In addition, each institution that has one or more academic programs in the ACM has named an institutional coordinator as contact person for that institution. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for additional information.

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

The Federation of North Texas Area Universities, created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is a consortium composed of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. The Federation is designed to strengthen the resources of higher education in north central Texas through interinstitutional cooperation in graduate research and instruction. To this end, the Federation universities offer joint educational opportunities to their students in numerous program areas with some universities authorized to grant degrees and others authorized to provide support services for the degree programs. The following degrees are awarded through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities:

—MFA in art
—MA, MS in computer science
—MA, MS in interdisciplinary studies
—MA, MS, MEd in reading
—MA, MS, MEd in early childhood education

A student who wishes to enroll in one of the above programs should submit an application to the A&M-Commerce Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Pathways to the Doctorate Program

The Pathways to the Doctorate Program is dedicated to increasing the number, quality, and diversity of doctoral graduates across all disciplines within The Texas A&M University System. The goal is to attract high-achieving students within The Texas A&M University System to pursue careers in higher education. Consisting of nine universities as well as the Health Science Center, The Texas A&M University System spans the State of Texas. This enables the System to recruit top students from a variety of geographical, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and cultural environments. Through a variety of activities such as seminars and workshops, inter-institutional exchange programs, a mentoring program, and an annual research symposium with system-wide participation, the Pathways program aims to

  • Create a pathway for talented students from Texas A&M University-Commerce who wish to pursue graduate education at any of the other System campuses.
  • Attract quality graduate students to Texas A&M University-Commerce from other System campuses to pursue doctoral studies unavailable at other campuses.
  • Foster opportunities for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to collaborate on innovative research and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Enlighten and encourage students and teachers (K-12 through college) to see that science and technology are essential for leading a life of discovery and fun.
  • Help meet faculty needs as postsecondary enrollment grows and current faculty retire.

Additional information is available from major department heads, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Pathways to the Doctorate webpage at .

The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System

A cooperative arrangement between The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M University System allows graduate students at one institution to use unique facilities or courses at other institutions with little paperwork. The graduate student registers and pays tuition and fees at the home institution and may retain any fellowship or financial assistance awarded by it. Space must be readily available, and the instructor or laboratory director of the proposed work must consent to the arrangement. In addition, approval must be given by the graduate dean of each institution.

Campus Facilities

James G. Gee Library and Other Research Facilities


The James G. Gee Library, named for Texas A&M University-Commerce’s fifth president, is the academic center of campus. The online catalog, which is Internet accessible, provides access to the library’s collection containing over 1.8 million monographs, periodicals, microforms, and other processed materials including non-print media. This total includes collections of juvenile and young people’s literature, archival materials, curriculum materials, and maps. The university has been a depository for federal government publications since 1937 and for Texas state documents since 1963.

In support of undergraduate and graduate programs, the library provides free access to enrolled A&M-Commerce students, faculty, and staff to more than electronic databases, including full-text electronic resources, via the web.  An interlibrary loan service delivers books and articles to Gee Library from libraries throughout the world. Viewing machines are available for microform items, and reader-printers enable students to obtain hard copy of microform materials. Photocopy machines are also available in the library as well as an account management kiosk for university Lion Cards.

A&M-Commerce Library is a member of the AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, and TexShare. These alliances allow A&M-Commerce students access to all state-supported academic libraries plus many of the regional private universities as supplementary resources to the Gee Library collections. The library computer laboratory, located on the first floor, is available to all students. The lab provides internet access along with computers, printers, and software for word processing, spreadsheets, and reports. Laptops and digital multimedia equipment including cameras, recorders, and studio space are also available.

Among other research facilities at A&M-Commerce are the laboratories for arts and sciences and the University Farm.

Technology Services


Technology Services (formerly CTIS), located in room 156 of the Business Administration Building, is the centralization of automated data processing, academic computing, academic research, telecommunications, computer hardware, and application support. Technology Services is responsible for the integrity, security, and reliability of all academic and administrative information that supports and enhances the A&M-Commerce campus.

Technology Services is staffed to provide systems analysis, programming, data preparation, and computer processing for all divisions.  Telecommunications performs installation and maintenance of copper and fiber-optic cable plants that provide voice, video, and data service to the core campus and the residence halls. Internet access is available in every occupied building through a traditional wired network as well as an expanding wireless network that covers many of the academic buildings. Off-campus Internet access is made available to students, faculty, and staff through dial-up modems or a virtual private network service for broadband users. Technology Services provides a one-stop shop for supporting PC and Macintosh hardware, software, and Internet applications.

Alumni Relations


The Office of Alumni Relations is responsible for maintaining positive relationships between the University and its more than 60,000 alumni. The office plans and conducts an array of special events to maintain contacts and recognize alumni, including class and organization reunions, commencement receptions, alumni chapter activities, the Alumni Ambassador Forum, and the annual Homecoming celebration. The Alumni Relations Office is housed in the Alumni Center and serves as the headquarters for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association and supports the operation of the Association Board of Directors. A variety of services are provided to individual alumni and groups. This office maintains addresses and other data files on the alumni constituency. Records maintained include membership in campus organizations, degrees and majors, biographical data, and employment information. All A&M-Commerce graduates are placed automatically on the mailing list of the Alumni Association. Alumni Relations also facilitates production of the Pride, the quarterly magazine for alumni and friends of the University. Other programs and services include an affinity credit card program, discounted auto and medical insurance for graduates, legacy scholarship for children of alumni, and recognition of alumni for distinguished achievement and service.


Student Services Building

Built in 1970, the three-story D. Whitney Halladay Student Services Building houses the offices of the Dean of Campus Life and Student Development, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Student Development, Center for Applied Leadership, Judicial Affairs, Residential Living and Learning, and TRIO Programs.

The Department of Residential Living and Learning at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a variety of living environments including traditional residence halls, suite-style residence halls, single student apartments, and family housing apartments. The Department of Residential Living and Learning strives to create a living-learning environment in each residence hall that will enable each resident to succeed academically and developmentally. The Department of Residential Living and Learning is located in D. Whitney Halladay Student Services Building. For more information about student housing, see Department of Residential Living and Learning and/or visit the department’s website at .

Recreational and Cultural Facilities

Rayburn Student Center

The Rayburn Student Center (RSC) is designed to be a destination, as well as the crossroads for our campus community. Named after Sam Rayburn, our most distinguished alum to date, we seek to be that place where students learn to become successful as leaders, can connect with one another, and get involved through learning, service and creativity.
YOUR HUB FOR A GREAT SOCIAL ATMOSPHERE, ORGANIZATIONS, AND ENTERTAINMENT.  This $25 million building provides modern, state of the art meeting rooms, a food court, game room, dining room, informal lounges, patios and lockers.


• First Floor: Welcome Desk, Video Wall, The Club/Game Room, Pride Shop & Copy Services, Campus Bookstore, Convenience Store, Mane Card Office, Campus Dining and Food Court.

• Second Floor: Student Activities & Leadership includes the hub for student organizations, Greek Life, Leadership Engagement and Development (L.E.A.D.), Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, Scheduling Office and Catering Assistant’s Office. A large combo Conference Room and six break out rooms for meetings, luncheons and presentations can be utilized by students, faculty, staff and community guests.

The student center is located on the corner of Neal and Stonewall streets right across from the Science Center. This 92,000 square foot structure contains state of the art technology integrated into its design to promote the very best for presentations, entertainment and everyday functional use.

Morris Recreation Center


The Morris Recreation Center is the focal point of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus and serves as the "heartbeat" of student life.  The $12 million state-of-the-art recreation facility opened its doors to students, faculty, staff, and the community in the summer of 2003, and has been thriving ever since!  Inside of the facility is an impressive climbing wall that soars at forty-five feet, a three lane jogging track, four racquetball courts, two basketball courts, an extensive fitness area with a large variety of cardiovascular machines, a well equipped weight room, a spacious activity room for open and private fitness classes, a classroom, a rest and snack area, and men's and women's locker rooms.  The outdoor area, also referred to as the Great Out-Roars, includes a heated leisure pool, a two-tier spa, two sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, picnic tables, BBQ grills, and a sunbathing area.  The Morris Recreation Center offers a large variety of activities and provides a great social atmosphere for the Texas A&M University-Commerce community.  Additional information about the "Rec" and the services offered can be found at the department's website:

Cain Sports Complex

The $1 million Cain Sports Complex is a great facility that includes a lighted NCAA softball field, a lighted baseball field, two lighted Intramural Sports fields, an informal soccer field, a picnic area, horseshoe pits, a serene lake, and an undeveloped green area.

Adventure Base Area

The Adventure Base is a branch of the Morris Recreation Center's Outdoor Program.  It consists of an extensive outdoor challenge course that promises fun for everyone!  It boasts over twenty high and low elements that are sure to challenge any team or group.  An array of experiential opportunities await you and your team, ranging from camping skills to ecology.  For more information on the Adventure Base Area stop by our new Outdoor Resource Center!

Crabtree Tennis Courts

The Crabtree Tennis Court complex is a four court fenced off tennis complex that is open for informal play and tournaments.  The complex is well-lit and open 24 hours.  Come show us what you've got!

Other Recreational Facilities

A&M-Commerce’s Memorial Stadium, which seats 10,000, is used for athletics and other special events. In intercollegiate athletics, A&M-Commerce competes in football, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of the Lone Star Conference of Texas and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

The Performing Arts Center has two theatres, a revolving stage in the main playhouse, scene shop, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, and studios for the public radio stations KETRFM (100,000 watts) and KKOM and studios for KETV-Television cable Channel 3. The University Playhouse produces several plays during the school year. The Department of Music sponsors 14 musical groups, including A&M-Commerce’s Show Band.

The 1,200-seat University Auditorium is housed in the Ferguson Social Sciences Building.

Student publications are The East Texan, a weekly newspaper; A&M-Commerce Special, a feature magazine; and Forthcoming, a magazine of prose and poetry.

More than 100 social, departmental, special interest, and religious organizations offer many opportunities for students.

University Police Department

Emergency—911; Non-Emergency—(903) 886-5868

This office provides police services and all security functions for the university. The University Police Department also provides many services for the faculty, staff, students, and visitors on campus. The department is responsible for investigation of criminal activity, crime prevention programs, safety awareness, public service assistance for motorists, event security, and parking enforcement. The department is responsible for the enforcement of university parking regulations as well as motor vehicle laws. All motor vehicles parking on the Commerce campus must be registered at the cashier and the parking permit properly displayed.

Officers of the department are certified by the State of Texas as commissioned peace officers, the same as other Texas municipal police officers, and have full law enforcement authority.

The department publishes a weekly crime log in order to better inform the University of current crime trends. Anyone wishing more information on crime statistics should contact the University Police or visit our website at .

The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day for assistance. The office is located on the first floor of Henderson Hall on Monroe Street. Emergency—911; Non-Emergency—(903) 886-5868.