HGSA

History Graduate Student Association

We Are Virginia Tech

As students of Virginia Tech’s History Master’s program, we are historians-in-training from across the country. We come to Blacksburg with a broad range of experiences and skills and from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our decision to pursue rigorous scholarship and a career in history unites us both on campus and beyond.

Why We Are Here

This two-year MA program offers the option to design a program with our career goals in mind.

  • Public History:  If we are interested in public history, we add a graduate certificate in public history to our MA degree.
  • Education:  To work as K-12 educators, some of us pursue two degrees — an MA in History and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. They work toward dual MA degrees in history and in education.
  • Stepping Stone to a Professional Degree:  Some of us see our History MA as a  springboard to a PhD program, a law degree, or library science.

What it Means to be One of Us

As students, we actively engage with history on a daily basis in our classes, through our individual research projects, and as Graduate Assistants, and as Public History interns.

  • As Researchers: Writing an original research article or thesis is the gateway to graduation. We are all researchers and writers who work collaboratively and independently to interpret the past in new and innovative ways that push the discipline of history further.
  • As Graduate Assistants: Most of us entered graduate school fully-funded with graduate assistantships. We work closely with faculty members as teaching assistants for undergraduate classes and as research assistants on new projects. Many of us also have the unique chance to serve as editors of the Virginia Tech Undergraduate History Review and as archival assistants in the library’s Special Collections and University Archives.
  • As Interns: If public history is our passion, we pursue internships as part of our requirements for the Public History Certificate program. Some of us created videos about our experiences, which you can check out on the HGSA YouTube channel.

Recent Posts

Iris Swaney’s Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley Internship, 2020

Explain why you said “yes” to this particular internship. Why did this particular opportunity make sense for you in light of your research interests, career goals, the skills you already have, and even your personality? Hailing from Northern Virginia but considering Blacksburg as my home away from home, I’ve quickly gained a love for the … Continue reading Iris Swaney’s Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley Internship, 2020

Jessica Brabble – Historic Bethabara Park Internship 2020

Jessica Brabble is pursuing an MA in History with a certificate in Public History. She graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College, where she majored in history, sociology, and psychology. Her research interests include late 19th- and 20th-Century U.S. cultural and history. In particular, she is interested in studying the role of better baby contests in North … Continue reading Jessica Brabble – Historic Bethabara Park Internship 2020

Noah Crawford – Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Internship 2020

Noah Crawford is a second year history graduate student. He graduated from Christopher Newport University with bachelor’s degrees in history and American studies. His research interests include the American Civil War and early American history. Specifically, he is interested in refugee studies as it relates to the Civil War. This summer, he had the opportunity … Continue reading Noah Crawford – Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Internship 2020

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