Major in History

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The Bachelor of Arts in History requires a minimum of 120 credits, with at least 36 of those credits in history. Students in the program can take advantage of a wide range of courses with thematic, topical, national or chronological emphases to fulfill requirements and electives. Students should consult with their advisers each semester to design a program that meets these requirements and suits their interests and career objectives.

Major Map

To learn how to maximize your experience as a History major, see the Major Map Chart which provides an overview of the work of the History major in each academic year.

Overview of Major Requirements

The history major consists of 36 credits. This concentration must include the following:

  • 12 credits in 100-level area survey courses
  • HIST 300 (with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in more than 6 credits of 300- or 400-level history courses)
  • 24 history credits at the 300-400 level
  • 3 credits from among HIST 490, or 493
  • Among HIST courses, 6 credits from each of three areas:
    1. Europe,
    2. United States,
    3. Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East
  • Completion of the study of a foreign language through the intermediate level (2 semesters at the 200 level or the equivalent)
  • Fulfillment of all School of Humanities and Sciences general requirements for the BA

A typical major will usually complete their 100-levels along with HIST 300 in their first two years, then continue with their 300-level history electives and the capstone 490 seminar or 493 internship in their junior and senior years. (Note that HIST 201 can count as both a general education elective and as one 100 level course for the History major; HIST201 cannot be taken more than once for credit).

Visit the VCU Bulletin for the full History curriculum.

Becoming A History Major

To declare a major in history, visit Records & Registration and fill out the "Change of Major/Concentration Form" online.  Then contact Mr. Ryan O'Hallahan, 811 Cathedral Place, Room 200, and schedule an appointment to assess your plan for completing the major.