The study of the past is indispensable to properly understanding the present, to becoming an informed and active citizen, and to acquiring the skills to analyze and interpret our world.

The past is also a fascinating subject in its own right, offering opportunities to experience deep philosophical debate, unsolved mysteries, and an overall exposure to the unpredictable and intriguing experience of the human past.

VCU history students are trained to think critically and communicate effectively while attaining a firm understanding of the past in all its complexity and diversity. Our students also benefit from a variety of university and department resources that help enrich their perspectives on that past, including our history internships program, study abroad opportunities, the Alexandrian Society, VCU's Center for Judaic Studies and the Extended Teacher Education Program. Many of our students also follow a course path that takes advantage of the university's American Studies and African American Studies programs.

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Undergraduate Program

Explore information about our B.A. degree, minors, courses, internships and more.

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Learn more about our graduate certificate in public history.

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Master's Program

Get information about our M.A. in history degree, financial support, research and more.

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Aspiring Teacher Programs

Learn more about the pathway toward becoming an educator.

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American Studies Program

Explore this program for Chinese students who want to test their English ability in a real-life university environment.