We encourage students to get involved with the local communities of Blacksburg and Christiansburg by volunteering with museums, archives, and other institutions in need of help. Our community greatly benefits from the work of these volunteers. Students, in turn, not only get a chance to give back to local partners, but also the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience. In the past, our students have volunteered with the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Art Center, the Alexander Black House, Christiansburg Institute, and Oddfellows Hall.
Additionally, the History department has an outreach program. Through its Outreach programs the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences strives to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families through excellence in instruction, research, and outreach. We are dedicated to the creation and dissemination of information that empowers people as individuals, family members, and consumers; and to the improvement of educational policy and practice. Our educational services are delivered to
- University students
- Businesses and industries
- Private and public agencies
- Public schools
- Professional organizations
- Citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the world.
In the Department of History, outreach primarily involves the scholarly sharing of the teaching, research, service efforts outside the traditional campus classroom; and collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Teaching and Learning. A number of our faculty engage in formal and informal outreach projects, ranging from sharing new information on historical topics to consulting on the deregulation of electric industry.