The links below contain information specific to VCU history majors. Please also see the College of Humanities and Sciences current student page for additional information about how to withdraw from a class, appeal a grade, see graduation requirements, etc.
Due to COVID-19, VCU is conducting advising sessions virtually for the time being.
History student advisor Ryan O'Hallahan is on leave effective November 17, 2020 through mid-May 2021. Please contact Jared Johnson to schedule advising appointments.
Also refer to the resource page "keep on learning" to help assist in the transition to online learning.
HIST 493 places students in a field internship for one semester, and students receive credit for work on historical projects with approved agencies. Students may receive 2, 3, or 4 credit hours for work per semester, for a maximum total of 6 credits. The work of the internship varies according to the placement, and we take care to place students in internships which match their interests and career goals.
Interested students should start by considering the area of history they are most interested in and potential places to intern. They should also contact the VCU history internship program director, Professor Brian Daugherity, for help in setting up and applying to be accepted for an internship.
To be accepted into the program, a student must:
An internship project must be defined in a formal, written contract agreed to and signed by the student, the agency supervisor and the director of interns. The internship agreement defines the student intern's tasks and must be consistent with the mission of the agency and the internship program. The document can be obtained from the director of internships and must be completed prior to enrolling in HIST 493.
Undergraduate students may, with the support of a faculty member, take an independent study in history, HIST 492, for upper-division credit toward the major or minor.
Independent study courses are usually developed when a student has already taken at least one course with a faculty member, and has an interest in further pursuing a topic related to that initial course work. If the faculty member has an interest in the topic as well, they may be willing to take on the responsibility of overseeing HIST 492 for such a student. As HIST 492 is taken on as an addition to a faculty member’s normal teaching responsibilities, not all faculty are able to consider offering HIST 492 at all times; therefore, students should not plan on HIST 492 as a fixed part of their path to graduation.
As with the Fall semester, each of your classes for the Spring semester may be online or hybrid format, or may be meeting on campus. As you tackle the Spring semester, you’ll want to make sure you have completed the following checklist in preparation:
These resources are intended to help our undergraduates as they navigate the personal and professional challenges of a university education in history, and also to offer support as our students bring that education into the job market or go on to graduate-level education.
The VCU Dean of Students Office is available to advocate for and assist students dealing with life situations that are impacting their academic and personal success at VCU.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and want to speak with a crisis clinician, then please call University Counseling Services at (804) 828-6200 day or night. Students will no longer need to call VCU police for mental health emergencies. For other emergencies or immediate safety concerns, call VCU Police at (804) 828-1234 or call 911. More information about safety and support >>
Links to the most commonly referred on campus resources that are pertinent to all students. Includes financial support, equity and access, crisis support, academic support, health and well-being, transportation, and much more. More information about on campus resources >>
Links to the most commonly referred on campus resources that are pertinent to all students. Includes crisis support, safety, health and well-being, and much more. More information about off-campus resources >>
Links to services such as Ram Pantry, off-campus housing, financial support, and more. More information about services >>
Coursework in history requires significant effort in written communications. This work fosters skills in critical thinking, logical argumentation, and convincing rhetoric, but some of it is specialized in ways that may be new to students in our courses. The following resources offer good support for writing in your History classes:
We seek to graduate students who have learned quite a lot about expository writing. However, job hunting or graduate school applications require new written genres, and can pose new challenges for students.
We recommend to any VCU student who is concerned about their resume, cover letters, personal statements, or other written materials which support the building of a career to seek support through the Department of History and also through VCU Career Services, both of which offer workshops which may be of value. We have also found the following resources to be of value to students:
The following links lead to sites with information on resume generators. But before you try to write a resume, be sure to revisit our page discussing , to remind yourself of the skills you bring to the table!
Cover letters are often the first point of contact between a job seeker and an employer. It is difficult to offer one-size-fits-all advice for the content of a cover letter, because they should be adapted to the position and field for which you applying. These resources may be of value:
Many forms of graduate education require a personal statement as a part of the application – and unfortunately, historians are not well-trained to talk about themselves. The following resource may be of help to students applying for graduate programs:
Letters of recommendation from instructors, employers, or others who can evaluate a student's work are important for jobs, graduate school applications, and even scholarship or study abroad applications. A good letter of recommendation is an expression of a student’s achievements, professionalism, and relationship with mentors. Unfortunately, on the surface, the process looks like a series of meaningless bureaucratic forms. If students treat recommendations in this way, they harm their chances to make the most out of their past efforts. What follows here is a series of tips intended to help students approach the professors or other mentors from whom they intend to seek recommendations as professionally and productively as possible.