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Department of History

College of Humanities and Sciences

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Undergraduate Program

VCU's undergraduate curriculum in history is notable for its flexibility, breadth, and compatibility with outside programs. Our requirements give students a global perspective, but also great power to shape their coursework according to their historical interests. Our curriculum leaves room for students to complete other majors or minors within four years of full-time study, and to pursue a capstone project suited to their specific historical interests and career goals. In addition, we have a dedicated, professional academic adviser to help you design a program of study that meets graduation requirements and suits your interests and career objectives.

Bachelor of Arts in History

The Bachelor of Arts in history requires a minimum of 120 credits, with at least 36 of those credits in history. Students must complete HIST 300 with a minimum grade of C prior to enrolling in more than six credits of 300- or 400-level history courses. Students in the program can take advantage of a wide range of courses with thematic, topical, national or chronological emphases to fulfill requirements and electives. Students should consult with their advisers each semester to design a program that meets these requirements and suits their interests and career objectives.

The history curriculum exposes students to a multidimensional analysis of the human past. Faculty members seek to impart to students an awareness of the forces of change and continuity; good judgement as to the appropriateness (or inappropriateness) of analogies between one set of historical circumstances and another; an appreciation of the need for skepticism and informed judgment in historical studies; and an understanding of the role of biases and frames of reference in historical research. As such, the study of history not only has the intrinsic appeal of any disciplined intellectual inquiry, but also leads to personal and social awareness within the rich tradition of the liberal arts. The B.A. in history provides students an ideal preparation for a wide range of careers and further professional study, and it constitutes an indispensable basis for active citizenship.

How to Declare a History Major

To declare a major in history, visit Records & Registration and fill out the "Change of Major/Concentration Form" online. Then contact Ryan O'Hallahan, 811 Cathedral Place, room 200, ohallahanrc@vcu.edu, and schedule an appointment to assess your plan for completing the major.

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Minor in History

The minor in history consists of 18 credits, 12 of which must be at the upper level (300-400). At least one course must be taken in European history, at least one in U.S. history, and at least one in African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern history.

How to Declare a History Minor

To declare a minor in history, visit Records & Registration and fill out the "Change of Minor Form" online. Then contact Ryan O'Hallahan at 811 Cathedral Place, room 200, ohallahanrc@vcu.edu, and schedule an appointment to assess your plan for completing the minor. At the time of submission of your graduation application to your major department, you will also need to complete the "Graduation With Minor Application."

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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.

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