A Welcome from our Chair

john powers

It is a privilege to welcome you to the VCU Department of History, located in the midst of historic Richmond, Virginia. The department’s two dozen talented teachers and scholars offer diverse courses on the human making of our world. VCU History majors investigate the past across boundaries of time and place and apply their knowledge and skills in capstone courses. The History M.A. program engages graduate students through analysis of development across time and directs them into independent research and writing. The department’s three student organizations—the Alexandrian Society, History Now!, and the History Graduate Student Association—provide opportunities for leadership as well as fellowship. Richmond and central Virginia boast a plethora of public history institutions, where our students gain practical experience through internships for academic credit. Whether you are a current or prospective student, alumnus or alumnae, or interested visitor, we invite you to explore our website.

John C. Powers, Chair