Major in History


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
  • Overall, 6 credits from each of three areas:  (1) Europe, (2) United States, (3) Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East (see below for more information)
  • 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).

To declare a major in history, complete a Request for Major form and submit it to Dr. Peter Stone, 813 S. Cathedral Pl., room 206, department of history, for approval. It is recommended that you also consult with a department adviser at the time of declaration to assess your plan for completing the major.  Follow the advising link at left to find an available walk-in time to meet with an advisor.

Course Distribution

The VCU history major requires that students take at least six credits in each of three areas: (1) Europe, (2) United States, (3) Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East.