Our History department publishes cutting-edge historical research, trains students to become critical thinkers and strong researchers, and shares our passion for history with the community. Classes are small, and our close-knit History majors and faculty hold regular social events and service activities through our award-winning history honor society.
Department of History
A student research team is applying new digital tools to traditional humanities research to capture details of the history of tuberculosis in the United States, an epidemic that, at its height, claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Americans every year.
How did Americans living in the Civil War era celebrate Independence Day even as their nation was falling apart? A new digital archive provides answers through a wealth of primary sources.
Recent graduate Morgan Sykes credits scholarships, and the donors who created them, with being able to participate in extracurricular activities. Being involved, she said, made her college experience rewarding.
Janet Francis, a retired academic advisor and administrative assistant in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2016 Staff Career Achievement Award. Francis retired from the university in June 2015 after 31 years of service.
In a free public lecture, Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News and National Public Radio, will recount tales of trailblazing women living in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War.
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will host a summer workshop exploring historic and literary portrayals of mental health among Africans and African Americans. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and intended for schoolteachers, the Summer Seminar on Race and Mental Health in History and Literature will take place in Blacksburg and Washington, D.C. July 10–30.
Morgan Sykes, a history major with a minor in psychology, received the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Why did Abraham Lincoln tip his stovepipe hat to a terrier? What role did weather play in determining Civil War battle outcomes? And what sleuthing techniques exposed the truth behind an iconic Union Army image? These and other mysteries will be explored during the 25th anniversary of the Civil War Weekend.
Members of the Department of History will lead a national workshop on emerging approaches to the analysis of medical images and texts. Funded through a cooperative agreement from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the free workshop, Images and Texts in Medical History, will take place April 11–13, 2016, at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.