CHBS Building

The Department of History moves!  Faculty and staff moved into the new CHBS building and have been busy setting up offices and getting used to the new facility.  After 18 years in Cook Hall, the department has moved back to central campus.  The new building is located between Muse Hall and McConnell Library, where Lucas Hall once stood.  Departmental offices are located on the fourth floor, and faculty members will be teaching courses in third floor classrooms.  Please stop by and check out the new location some time.

History Paper Prize Winner

The History Department recognizes the best paper produced by an undergraduate history major during an academic year.  The winning papers demonstrate excellence in research and writing--in other words, the best in undergraduate scholarship.

In 2015-2016, the History Department awarded the Distiguished Essay Award to Denise Jenkins for her work on "Bed, Bath, and Beyond: The Linen Trade and Tudor England."  Denise produced this study under the supervision of Dr. Brock Cutler.

A copy of the first place papers will soon be available on the History Paper Prize page.


Dean's Scholars

Annually, each department in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences picks one student for recognition as a Dean's Scholar.  Honorees are selected based on their scholarly achievements as well as their contributions to the campus and local community.  Because the Department of History administers both the history program and the social science program, it selects two Dean's Scholars.  For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Department of History picked Denise Jenkins (History) and Joseph Chas Parks (Social Science) for this honor.

Denise Jenkins History Dean's Scholar 15-16

Denise Jenkins is the Dean’s Scholar Award winner for History.

Denise graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2016.  In addition to a history major, she completed a minor in art.  Denise took a range of history courses but maintained a special interest in Medieval history.  She took courses in Latin to help her pursue this interest.  Denise will work at Radford University next year before she heads off to pursue more advanced study. 

Chas Parks Social Science Deans Scholar 15-16

Joseph Chas Parks is the Social Science Dean's Scholar Award winner.

Chas double majored in social science and history, and has also completed the teacher licensure program in secondary social studies.  He completed student teaching this past term, and recieved his bachlor of science degree in May 2016. He is looking forward to a career as an educator.

Parker Exhibit

History Major Gives Presentation.

Caitlyn Parker spoke at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum on November 15.  Her talk was on the history of storekeeping in southwestern Virginia during the early 19th century.  Caitlyn was an intern at the museum in Newbern, Virginia, and she based her talk on research of the commercial ledgers housed in the museum archives.  During her time as an intern, Parker also wrote a bi-weekly column for the Pulaski, Virginia, Southwest Times and put together the first-ever Women History Month exhibit at the musuem.


Two Students Graduate With History Honors.

Richard Culbreth and Joseph Chas Parks graduated with Honors in History on May 7, 2016.  To receive honors in history, a student must maintain a high grade point average in all history courses, must earn at least a grade of "B" in the history methods course, and must earn an "A" in the Senior Seminar, the capstone experience for the history major.  Few students earn this distinction, so these graduates are to be congratulated.

Taking the Heat

History Alumnus Publishes Book

Richard Sarver, who graduated from Radford with a degree in history, has published a book on his experiences working in the steel industry.  Taking the Heat : A Steel Worker's Story, is based on Sarver's journals about his thirty-two years of work turning scrap metal into a useable product.  The job can be tough but dangerous, and Sarver provides an unvarnished look at his life in this industry.  Sarver's personal story, itself, is a remarkable one.  While working long hours, he labored, with the help of his family to complete degrees in higher education, first at New River Community College and then at Radford University.  At RU, he distinguished himself academically, and was recognized as a Dean's Scholar.



Internship Opportunities.

Many students benefit from the practice experience gained through internships.  Students have worked in area museums, at historical sites, and for the state park service.  If you are interested in pursuing an internship experience, The Department of History, please contact Mr. Greg Ryder (jryder3@radford.edu) at the Radford University Department of History for further information.