Annual Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses

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Annual Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses

What kind of learning should an introductory history course entail in the 21st century? How can introductory history courses support student learning and success across the curriculum?  Since 2015, the AHA and local partners have held a two-day conference on college-level introductory history courses to address these and other questions. To learn more about the AHA's work on introductory history courses, check out the AHA's Tuning Project, a nationwide, faculty-led project to articulate the disciplinary core of historical study, and the AHA's newest teaching and learning initiative, History Gateways, an evaluation and substantial revision of introductory college-level history courses. Resources from the conference, including recordings of presentations, discussions and recommended readings, are available online. 

For questions and feedback, please contact AHA Special Projects Coordinator Julia Brookins ( For a broader discussion of these and other teaching and learning issues in history, please join the Teaching and Learning community on

2020 Conference

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses will not meet in person this September. We are moving ahead with planning several virtual events, including keynotes and discussions, and hope many of you will join us online the week of September 14. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact AHA Special Projects Coordinator, Julia Brookins, at

Our first two webinars have been scheduled for Sept. 14 and 17. Check out this page for more details.

2020 Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses

Past Conferences

Check out resources and programs from previous Texas Conferences on Introductory History Courses.

2015 Conference

2016 Conference

2017 Conference

2018 Conference

2019 Conference