The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is committed to history education at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels. A significant number of our students are history education majors and will be future teachers in the state and elsewhere. Our goal is to prepare these future teachers by building their historical knowledge base, grounding them in historical thinking skills, and equipping them with pedagogical techniques to effectively communicate history in the classroom. We also are committed to serving history teachers in the Valley and are actively engaged in developing meaningful partnerships and collaborations with area schools, museums, archives, and public history sites in order to further history education. This project is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helios Education Foundation/William C. Jenkins History Fund.
Our projects include the Salt River Project Centennial Conversation Series Curriculum and Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon.
In 2005, the Arizona State University Department of History was awarded a generous gift from the Helios Education Foundation. William C. Jenkins, a Helios Foundation founding board member, ASU graduate, Scottsdale history teacher for 25 years, retired naval officer, and former Scottsdale mayor chose to give the gift of $175,000 to his alma mater to help improve the teaching of history at the secondary level. Beginning in the fall of 2005, the Department of History began to use the funds to educate students in the History Methods courses.
In 2008 the Helios Education Foundation gave an additional $1 million dollars to the Department of History. This money will provide permanent funding for the William C. Jenkins – Helios Education Foundation History Teaching Fellowship, and a mentoring program for history teachers in Arizona. For more information on this gift, please read the article from ASU. For more information on the fellowship, click here.
Teachers may design a degree program that meets their needs as a history educator through the Applied Project Option.
Teachers can submit a proposal for funding to support the teaching of historical content and historical thinking skills, in accordance with recent scholarship in the teaching and learning of history. Click here for the proposal.