Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Required History Courses

You'll complete major primary source-driven research projects in Hist 2004: Historical Methods and a 4000-level topics course of your choice, two of the requirements for a major in history. In both courses, you will undertake your own research projects, which you can prepare for presentation and publication. 

Independent Study and Undergraduate Research

You can register for our independent study or undergraduate research courses, which provide opportunities to complete a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Ask your academic advisor for more information.

Collaborations with Faculty

Department faculty are always interested in talking to students about their research. If you're curious about a professor's area of research, ask about pursuing a collaborative project. 

Honors Thesis

In the University Honors Program, you will complete a thesis to fulfill requirements for the “in Honors” or “Honors Baccalaureate” degrees. It is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and to prepare for graduate study or careers requiring advanced research skills.

Finding Funding

Departmental Funds

The History Department has funds to support research related to Virginia Civil War History. Ask your advisor or the department chair for more information.

ACC Research Scholars

Each year the ACC Undergraduate Research Scholars Award Committee offers funding to support the research of highly qualified students.

Undergraduate Research Institute

The college offers grants to fund research and presentations in the fall and spring each year. Funding opportunities are available to undergraduate students who are majoring, minoring, or  working with faculty mentors in the college. You can receive a grant to conduct research as well as to traveling to present or perform their work.  The following are Undergraduate Research Institute Grants:





University Office of Undergraduate Research

The college and university Office of Undergraduate Research both offer funding for research and travel.

Presenting Your Research

Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference

At this conference, you can present research posters, papers, and projects. 

Phi Alpha Theta

Each spring, the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society sponsors a series of regional conferences, including one based in Virginia that moves from site to site.

Virginia Social Science Association

Each spring, the Virginia Social Science Association hosts a meeting that features presentations from students and faculty. 

Bertoti Innovative Persepctives in History

Each spring, in March or April, the History Student Graduate Association at Virginia Tech hosts a conference for graduate students, though especially accomplished undergraduates may also participate.

ACC Meeting of the Minds

Each spring, the ACC puts on a conference that highlights undergraduate research. Presenters are chosen by each participating university.

This interdisciplinary conference hosts students representing universities, both nationally and internationally. They present their research and creative works in oral, poster, performance, and visual arts presentations.

History Prize

Each spring, the History Department offers an award for the best research paper on a historical topic. Details are circulated on the History major email list and the winner is chosen by a committee of Phi Alpha Theta students.

Curtis Prize

Each spring, the History Department offers an award for the best research paper on a topic in Virginia or Civil War History. Details are circulated on the History major email list and the winner is chosen by History Department faculty.

Wilson Prize

Each spring, the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa sponsors an essay contest.

Publishing Your Research


Each year, the College of Liberal and Human Sciences publishes a student-run undergraduate journal, which often includes submissions from history students.


The department publishes its own student-led undergraduate historical journal annually.

UG Research Book Cover
Senior Seminar Books