Undertaking original research helps you build the skills to find, analyze, and present historical evidence. Here's how our department can help you conduct, fund, present, and publish your research.
History Research Opportunities
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.
Our faculty enjoy sharing their research with students. If you're curious about a professor's area of research, ask about pursuing a collaborative project. Or, invite a professor to mentor you while pursing your own ideas.
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.
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.
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.
Presenting Your Research
Publising Your Research
The Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review is a journal of undergraduate research published by graduate and undergraduate editors at Virginia Tech. We publish undergraduate authors from across the nation. Have you written a piece of original research on a historical topic for an undergraduate course in the last 12 months? Submit it for publication in the VTUHR!