Why study history?
The study of history begins with questions, not answers. We seek to know what happened in the past, and we also seek to understand why.
As our present-day context raises new challenges for our communities, historians are inspired to ask new questions about the past, seeking understanding of a broad variety of human experiences. Historians explore questions about past politics and economics, intellectual developments, social concerns shaped by race, gender and class, and facets of culture ranging from arts and languages to human spaces and emotions. As a result, the study of history is dynamic, rather than static, and those trained in this discipline develop valuable skills in gathering, evaluating, connecting and interpreting factual information, and in the use of evidence to argue persuasively for their conclusions.
Feb. 19, 2024
In Feb. 24 address, VCU history professor will highlight early America’s urban slavery in human terms
Drawing from narratives of the enslaved and his book ‘Almost Dead,’ Michael Dickinson will discuss resistance, survival and modern legacies.
Jan. 8, 2024
Class of 2023: Nicholas George felt like a failure as a child, but now he’s an internationally credentialed expert on John Milton
George, who has autism and epilepsy, built on his love of reading to earn an M.A. in English at VCU and to join fellow Milton experts from around the world at a conference in Toronto.
Mel Sheehan has a passion for history and wants to inspire others by making history fun. Visit our 'Meet a Student' page to read more about why this California native selected VCU, and what she plans to do with her bachelor's degree in history.