MA in History Research and Scholarship

As a MA in history candidate, you may conduct research projects and pursue advanced scholarly work in specific courses, or you may enroll in History 670 (Independent Study in History) to conduct in-depth research with a faculty mentor on a topic of special interest.


Our students are active scholars and are consistently recognized for the quality of their work at a variety of state and regional venues:

  • 3 LC students took top awards at the 2010 regional conference of Phi Alpha Theta national honor society of history students and professors held at Liberty University. Jonathan Shipe '08, '10 MA won Most Outstanding Paper Award in the European history graduate category with Kathleen Jennings a close second. Cheryl Rychkov won the Most Outstanding Paper Award in the American history graduate category.
  • Jonathan Shipe presented his research paper, "Love and Consequences: Divorce and the British Military, 1848-1858," as a participant on the Marriage and Divorce Empire Style panel at the 2011 British Scholars Conference held at the University of Texas at Austin March 31-April 2, 2011.
  • Cheryl Rychkov was awarded one of two Jamestown Society Fellowships for 2010. Researching how women had to protect their reputations when they came to Virginia in the 17th Century, Cheryl used the fellowship to examine court cases involving slander and libel.
  • Kelly Jones won the Best Graduate Paper, U. S. History at the 2009 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.
  • Matthew Gulley was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at the 2009 Virginia Social Science Association.

Primary Source Collections online are available, as are research opportunities nearby:

  • Lynchburg College's Virginia History Research Center
  • Jones Memorial Library
  • Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
  • The George C. Marshall Library
  • The Legacy Museum of African American History and Culture
  • The National D-Day Memorial


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