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Spotlight on Public History

Students in a Local and Public History Workshop create measured drawings of the carriage house behind the historic Warren-Sipe house in downtown Harrisonburg.

Spotlight on Alumni

Leonard Richards, Jr. (B.A. History 2013, M.A.T. 2014) has been named the "2016 High School Teacher of the Year" by the Waynesboro Rotary Club. Leonard teaches World History, AP US History, and Government.


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 2016-2017 schedule TBA. 

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