The Department of History at St. Edward’s embraces the people and places of the past and examines the complex interplay of culture, ideas and everyday life.

Through the study of the people, events, and ideas of the past, students will gain an understanding of issues that face society today—in the United States and globally. By learning about the past, students will learn how to better understand people whose lives, cultures, and beliefs are different from their own. These skills and understanding will help students to be successful in a wide range of careers. These are not only the attributes of the accomplished historian, but are characteristics that are widely valued by employers and graduate schools. 2019-20 degree plan can be found here.

Interested in applying for the History Scholarship.  The application is attached here.  Please note that it is due back to Dr. Wilson ( by 5:00 pm on April 18th.

World History Association of Texas (WHAT) 2021 Annual Conference, February 20, 2021.

Click HERE to for more information. 

World History Association of Texas

Student Research Opportunities

Students in the History department are challenged to pursue research projects throughout their degree program. Students are required to produce research papers in particular subjects and will have multiple opportunities to produce work worthy of presentation.

As students progress through their coursework, they are trained in historical methods where they learn how historians think, argue, research and write. They learn how to design a research project, frame a key question of inquiry, locate primary and secondary sources, read them critically, reach an evidence-based interpretation, and present their work. They also discover how historians draw on other disciplines such as statistics, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology and political science.

Austin has a large number of archives and other sources of historical materials for students to use. This provides firsthand experience with archival materials. 

Students may present at conferences such as the World History Association of Texas, Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society) and St. Edward's Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. Current students have the opportunity to apply for the McNair Fellowship. Our graduates have also been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Faculty & Staff


Students within the Department of History are encouraged to participate in an internship to gain experience in the field.

Internship sites at which History students have worked include:
  • Bob Bullock State History Museum
  • Texas State Cemetery
  • Texas State Library & Archives Commission
  • Texas State Historical Commission, Archeology Lab

Student Organizations

Hilltop Historians (History Club)

The Hilltop Historians facilitate fellowship among students with an interest in any aspect of history. Through bi-monthly events, the club promotes historical awareness and preservation through academic meetings and movie nights.

Phi Alpha Theta (PAT)

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society that promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The organization brings together students, teachers and writers of history for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by their members.


2020 Central-West Texas Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Conference

The Alpha Nu Delta chapter at St. Edward's University cordially invites faculty and students to attend the 2020 Central-West Texas Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Conference in Austin on the campus of St. Edward's on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  This conference will run in conjunction with the 2020 World History Association of Texas Conference whose theme this year is Migration in Global History.

We invite undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals for individual papers or for panels on any historical topic.  The deadline for proposals is 30 January 2020.  Those whose submissions have been accepted will be notified by 8 February.  We also encourage professors to volunteer to serve as panel chairs and/or commenters.

Registration fees are $35 per faculty or non-presenter/ $15 per student. Lunch is included.

Proposals can be submitted electronically through this LINK

Phi Alpha Theta 2020 Central-West Texas Regional Conference

World History Association of Texas Annual Meeting

The History Department sponsors an annual conference in the Spring for the World History Association of Texas and Phi Alpha Theta.  The conferences offer opportunities for scholars from Texas and around the nation to share their research as well as to share their expertise in the teaching of World History.  The conference includes opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research and welcomes secondary educators.  Continuing Education Credits are available for educators who attend.

The interdisciplinary conference on Global Migrations invites examinations of the profound impacts the movements of peoples, goods, and services around the world and across time have had on identities, political systems, economies, and cultures. As in the past, we also welcome papers on any topic related to World History including new research, concepts, and pedagogy. 

The Conference Organizing Committee invites interested grades 4-12 teachers, college and university faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students to submit paper proposals on any subject, period or area of world history. Conference organizers welcome proposals that connect world history teaching and research: 

• The political, social, economic, and cultural causes or effects of migration 

• How historians’ analyses of border regions has changed or is changing 

• Experiential projects to engage students in understanding the social justice issues related to migrations in the past and present 

• Integrating digital resources into the classroom 

• Debates on what to include in a world history course 

• The role of migration in teaching world history 

The theme this year is Migration in Global History. Proposals may include individual papers, collaborative projects or roundtable discussions of a topic or theme connected to world history. We encourage the submission of papers by promising undergraduates. We ask that the faculty sponsoring undergraduate papers submit the proposals for undergraduates.
Proposals for complete panels or roundtables of three or four presenters are encouraged. The panels and roundtables should be 1½ hours in length. Include your name, organization or institution, address, home and work phone and fax numbers, email address, working title of paper or presentation, and a brief description of the content.
PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS NO LATER THAN 16 DECEMBER 2019. Send proposals to Dr. Christie Wilson, email: If you prefer to mail your submission, please send it to Dr. Christie Wilson, WHAT 2019 Conference, St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704. Where possible, please submit proposals via e-mail. For additional information contact Christie Wilson.