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Welcome Back

The faculty of the Department of History is preparing for a new semester, and wishes to welcome back continuing students and to make the acquaintance of students new to the university.  This department is teaching-focused, and the excellence of its instruction has been recognized with awards at both the university and college levels.

We invite you to read below about the accomplishments of our students, both past and present, and to learn more about activities in the department.  

Katherine Okie, Dean's Scholar for History

Katherine Okie, 2014 Dean's Scholar for History

Holly Lofton, Dean's Scholar for Social Science

Holly Lofton, 2014 Dean's Scholar for Social Science

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 2013-2014 academic year, the Department of History picked Katherine Okie (History) and Hollyn Lofton (Social Science) for this honor.


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.