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Opportunities for Experience

Senior Seminar

Research, writing, and presentation are valuable experiences in any field.

The senior seminar project for history majors is an opportunity to gather these experiences into a presentation on a topic of your choice.

Recently topics have included “The History of the Founding of the Lynchburg Academy of Music” (which won the prize for the best senior paper), “The History of Urban Legends,” “The ‘Selling’ of the British Monarchy in the 20th Century,” and “The Role of Women in Modern Irish Nationalism.”


Many students also participate in internships or study-abroad programs. Recently, we’ve had interns at:

  • Thomas Jefferson’s home, Poplar Forest
  • the Date Heritage Trust
  • the Atlanta Opera
  • the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Industry Association

Summer Research

Spend the summer working closely with a professor and focused on a specific aspect of history. Randolph’s intensive eight-week Summer Research Program enables students to conduct research that is complemented by a thorough review of the relevant literature; live in a residence hall on campus, participate in on-campus summer events, attend special seminars with guest speakers; and share the progress and results of their research.

Learn more about the Summer Research Program.

Phi Alpha Theta

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, was established in the fall of 2001.

Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta seeks to promote the study of history through recognition of academic excellence, encouragement of scholarly research and good teaching, and facilitation of the exchange of ideas among students and faculty. Membership is not limited to history majors, but is open to anyone who has demonstrated serious interest in history and has met the societies’ standards of academic achievement.

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