The AHA’s History Gateways initiative explores strategies for improving introductory college-level history courses to better prepare students from all backgrounds for success in a complex society.

What does it mean for students to be introduced to history at the post-secondary level? How can a carefully designed introductory history course foster learning that increases student success within and beyond our discipline?

In 2019, the AHA launched the History Gateways initiative, funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Working closely with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and 11 institutional partners History Gateways brought faculty teams together to lead a re-evaluation and substantial revision of introductory college-level history courses in participating departments, with the goals that these courses effectively serve students from all backgrounds and align more responsively with the future needs of a complex society.

Learn more about past History Gateways events.

Meeting Documentation

Learn more about the AHA’s History Gateways initiative.

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Webinars on Introductory History Courses

The AHA offers a series of webinars on introductory history courses and course redesign.

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Recommended readings on introductory history courses.