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Spotlight on Graduate Students

As part of a project for her Digital History course, graduate student Ellen Blackmon models and 3D prints a historic home from floor plans featured in a 1960 edition of Better Homes and Gardens.

Spotlight on Faculty

Mike Gubser's latest book has been lauded as a truly indispensable study [that] ranks among the very best works of intellectual history in recent years.

Spotlight on Undergrads

STUDIO 395 features brief audio interviews on a wide range of fascinating historical topics. All interviews explore original research conducted by students in sections of HIST 395, the department's undergraduate research methods course.

Spotlight on Alumni

Matthew Wasniewski (B.A. '91, M.A. '94) is the Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Our Department Offers the Following Academic Programs

The Department of History provides an exceptional educational experience. It introduces students to the study of history as a discipline, inculcates habits of lifelong learning and cross disciplinary perspectives among its graduates, and provides important skills designed to meet the changing needs of our students in society. The faculty is dedicated to achieving the highest level of excellence within our academic programs, focusing on the student as an individual and as a member of the global community. The Department of History emphasizes that students be active learners who demonstrate excellent research, critical thinking, oral communication and writing skills, as well as skills in using a computer. Faculty members are dedicated mentors who strive to be scholars, innovative teachers, and models of responsibility and accountability. Staff members are creative and talented colleagues who are committed to providing a supportive environment that facilitates learning and development. 

Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies seminar schedule

Want to teach? Consider this major/minor combo: History + ISS + SEED.




  • Dec 3: Reflections on Terrorism
  • Jan 15: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar
  • Feb 19: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar
  • Mar 18: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar
  • Apr 15: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar