Major in History

Major Map

For a chart providing an overview of the work of the History major in each academic year, please visit https://majormaps.vcu.edu/Major/history.

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 http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/college-humanities-sciences/history/history-ba/#text.

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.