Faculty & Students
History faculty have received national and international recognition in scholarly research and publishing while maintaining a strong commitment to students and teaching. The department has particular strengths in early American history, Southern history, African American history, trans-Atlantic history, public history, and modern U.S. and European history.
Current graduate students have diverse interests and objectives in pursuing graduate study. Because of jobs or other obligations, many are part-time students who take one or two courses per semester. Others attend full time (three courses per semester). Some pursue a Ph.D. in history, while others teach at the secondary or elementary levels. Other career paths include work in public history, business, or government.
Students have held internships at such institutions as the Black History Museum, the Library of Virginia, the Museum of the Confederacy, and the Virginia Historical Society. Graduate student research has focused on topics such as the role of knitting in colonial American women’s lives, death customs in eighteenth century Virginia, art in the Weimar Republic, captured soldiers in Union and Confederate prison camps during the Civil War, and struggles for gender equality in Richmond in the 1960s and 1970s. Master's theses can be found at the VCU Scholars Compass.