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.
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.
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
- Research Expenses Grant
- Travel Grant for Presentations and Performances
- Faculty Endorsement Form
- Department Research Day Funding
University Office of Undergraduate Research
Presenting Your Research
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.
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.
Each spring, the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa sponsors an essay contest.
Publishing Your Research