We offer opportunities for research that makes a difference

Whether it's conducted by faculty or students, our research makes an impact on the world. A benefit of being part of a large research institution such as Virginia Tech is access to extensive resources and unique collaborations with students and faculty of other disciplines.

VT Research
Top 20 Humanities Program (Payscale.com)
30 Majors
50+ Minors
89% Of Students Participate in Research
560 Dedicated Faculty Members
1644 Courses Offered
1153 Graduate Students
Nikki Glovanni English Professor
Faculty Spotlight

The Library of Virginia has honored Nikki Giovanni — acclaimed poet, children’s author, and University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech — with a Literary Lifetime Achievement Award. View Faculty Stories

Mallory Noe Payn Communication Major
Alumni Spotlight

As a Richmond-based political and general reporter for the public radio station WVTF, Mallory Noe-Payne is able to blend her Virginia Tech degrees in communication and political science. View Alumni Stories

VT Communication Department

Focusing on communication processes and media effects, students build knowledge and skills for future study and work in public relations, multimedia journalism or communication studies.

VT Child Development Center

Our center provides quality preschool programs, professional education, and new discoveries in child development and early childhood education.

VT Political Science Department

We prepare students for careers in government, business, law, politics, and education. Our courses examine domestic and international political systems and contemporary events.

VT Center for Peace Studies

Our center is dedicated to the study and prevention of violence in global and local contexts. 

VT History Department

We facilitate discoveries about the past, train students in the skills and knowledge needed to become global citizens and well-rounded professionals, and share new knowledge with the community.

VT School of Performing Arts

We have 66 nationally and internationally known faculty and staff with active careers in their fields who are devoted to education in theater, cinema, and music. 

VT Center for Kitchen Design

This center is a collaborative effort by the university and the kitchen industry to teach students how to design a kitchen for different consumers.

VT Human Development Department

Focusing on teaching, research, and engagement, students work to understand how people develop throughout their lives and in their relationships, recognizing the contexts in which they live.

VT Civil War Studies

Our center plays a leading role in the teaching, scholarship, and public dissemination of Civil War history. We host popular public outreach events, collaborate on digital initiatives, and host postdoctoral fellows.

VT Sociology Department

Our department is recognized for excellence in research, teaching, and community outreach. Now offering an additional major in criminology, students can specialize in a wide range of sociological specialties and interdisciplinary areas. 

VT Center for Gerontology

Our center fosters research in various topics, including Family Gerontology, Health and Aging, and Elder Rights that enhances the quality of life for older adults.

Science and Technology in Society

We examine the ways that science and technology shape, and are shaped by, our society, politics, and culture.

 ASPECT doctoral program

We foster critical engagement between domains of inquiry in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. Our focus is interdisciplinary theoretical research.

Dr Pitt

Philosophical training prepares you for fields where independent judgment, conceptual dexterity, and intellectual acumen are required.

FLL

Offer 12 languages, and serves students from all majors. Language and literature can open doors for business, research, global collaborations, and deeper relationships.

Religion and Culture

Focus on the ways religion works in human lives around the globe and investigate how factors such as geographical region, multicultural settings, and popular culture shape communities and traditions.

Apparel shopping window

We prepare our students for professional practice in a range of consumer businesses and industries. Our graduates are working in fashion designing, apparel design, property management, consulting, and education.

English study

We study language and literature, the way we express ourselves, frame questions, deepen understanding, and solve problems. Our goal is to give voice to our students and communities.

education

Virginia Tech's School of Education (SOE) is dedicated to enriching the lives of PK-20 learners, families, and communities through inquiry, leadership and advocacy in a diverse world.