Texas College, an HBCU providing a liberal arts education since 1894 and is governed by the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church.
The Charter as issued July 1, 1907, indicates that its first name was “Texas College,” with the purpose of an educational institution designed to operate under the supervision care, and ownership of the CME Church in America.
The educational direction was to include the education of youths, male and female in all branches of literary, scientific, and classical education teaching theology, normal training of teachers, music, commercial and industrial training, and agricultural and mechanical sciences.
In 1909, the college was name-changed to Phillips University. The noted change was associated with Bishop Henry Phillips, as a result of his leadership and educational interests for mankind. The name change was short-lived and reportedly lasted until actions for a name reversal occurred in 1910 at the Third Annual Conference of the church.
In May 1912, the college was officially renamed Texas College. The subsequent years of college were spent with refinements and enhancements of the educational enterprise.
Texas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate of Arts and Baccalaureate Degrees.
Texas College offers 16 baccalaureate degree programs within three divisions. Majors may be declared in:
• Business Administration
• Computer Science
• Physical Education
• Political Science
• Liberal Studies
• Social Work
The college also offers two associate of arts degrees in Early Childhood Education and General Studies.
Students who already have baccalaureate degrees may also pursue an Alternative Certification Teacher Education program. That special program has a 1:8 Faculty/Students Ratio.
The campus is located in Tyler 100 miles east of Dallas and 90 miles west of Shreveport. The college has constructed a modern residence hall and The Living and Learning Center.
Texas College participates in the Intercollegiate competition in Baseball, Basketball (men’s and women’s), Football, Soccer (men’s and women’s), Softball, Track & Field (men’s and women’s), and Volleyball.
Texas College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Division I, the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), and the Central State Football League (CSFL).