Major in History

Major Map

For a chart providing an overview of the work of the History major in each academic year, please visit

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).

For the full History curriculum in the VCU Bulletin, please visit

Becoming A History Major

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