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Department of History

College of Humanities and Sciences

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Complementary Majors and Minors

The history major comprises some 36 credits, and leaves plenty of room for students to complete another course of study. Creative and thoughtful combinations of coursework in history with other areas of study can be an excellent boost to a student’s skill set and career options.

Double Majors/Dual Degree

It is possible for history majors to complete two full courses of study, although not all majors have requirements that are easily compatible with our own and allow for a path to graduation in only 120 credits. There are two ways students may double their education this way at VCU:

  1. A double major means that a student concurrently fulfills requirements for two different major courses of study, earning one undergraduate degree with two majors (with a primary major which appears on the diploma and transcript).
  2. A dual degree means the student concurrently fulfills requirements for two full degrees – both majors, the university core (once only), and an extra 30 credits above the usual graduation requirement of 120 credits.

Basic information on double majors and dual degrees, as well as information on any VCU major you wish to explore may be found in the VCU Bulletin.

Programmatic Minors

In most cases, a minor in an area of study is comprised of 18 credit hours. History majors frequently undertake minors offered by other academic departments at VCU. Some programmatic-specific minors you may wish to consider include:

Thematic Minors

Some minors are interdisciplinary, rather than strictly disciplinary, drawing from multiple departments to create a themed program of course work.  Some thematic minors you may wish to consider include:

For information, you may also wish to visit the British Studies at VCU homepage.

The Unnamed Minor: Broad Endorsements

(in preparation for the M.A.Ed.)

Many history majors are interested in a fifth-year Master of Education (M.A.Ed.) in secondary education with the goal of teaching history or social studies. A helpful overview of what is required for this program is available in the VCU Bulletin. There is also a section on the broad endorsements on our Master of Education and Teacher Prep page.

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