Tuning the History Discipline in the United States

The American Historical Association is coordinating a nationwide, faculty-led project to articulate the disciplinary core of historical study and to define what a student should understand and be able to do at the completion of a history degree program.

The updated map at right shows institutions where faculty historians have been involved in the project. The blue locations were part of the first wave of AHA participants, beginning in 2012. The red locations joined the project in January 2015, as part of the second phase of implementation.

This project has brought together accomplished history faculty historians from a range of 2- and 4-year institutions across the country to define the core disciplinary elements of historical study and the goals of the undergraduate history major. Faculty participants have been working together to develop common language that communicates to a broad audience the significance and value of a history degree. We encourage you to read the current version of the discipline core, competencies, and student learning outcomes, available here. To learn about the history of the Tuning project and how the process works, read more.

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Events in Tuning

As part of the AHA's ongoing efforts to support discussions of history curricula across institutions and educational levels, we are working with participants in the Tuning project to organize events around the country. Please join fellow historians at one of the following sites:

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 6, 2017 - AHA Workshop on Undergradaute Teaching: Assignments Charrette (at the annual meeting in Denver, CO). Applications are now being accepted.

Past Events

2016 Session on Tuning History in General Education

The 2016 "Tuning History in General Education Courses" session considered some of the big questions that the AHA Tuning project has raised about the history major and directed them instead to General Education and entry-level courses for non-majors. Whether we teach at the K-12, community college, or four year level, as history educators we face a common question: What is our purpose in history education? What do we want students to gain from the study of history? Chaired by Lendol Calder (Augustana Coll.), the session featured speakers Daniel J. McInerney (Utah State Univ.), Sarah Elizabeth Shurts (Bergen Community Coll.), and Louis Rodriquez (Kutztown Univ.).

More Videos from AHA 2016

2013 Tuning Core Document

The AHA’s Tuning project's Discipline Core is a statement of the central habits of mind, skills, and understanding that students achieve when they major in history. The document reflects the iterative nature of the tuning process. The faculty director of the project, Anne F. Hyde (Colorado Coll.), incorporated feedback that the AHA received after the first version was published. We hope that the new version can again serve as the basis for conversations among history faculty, and between faculty and students, alumni, public historians, parents, administrators, employers, and others about the value of studying history in particular.

History Discipline Core

Meet the Tuners

Leadership Core

Anne Hyde, AHA Teaching Division, Colorado College, chair
Patricia Limerick, AHA Teaching Division, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, ex officio
John Bezis-Selfa, Wheaton College, Mass.
Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Gregory Nobles, Georgia Institute of Technology
Kevin Reilly, Raritan Valley Community College
Stefan Tanaka, Univ. of California San Diego

Meet More Tuners