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2019-2020

Bachelor of Arts: History

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description

The Bachelor of Arts in History requires a minimum of 120 credits, with at least 36 of those credits in history. Students must complete HIST 300 with a minimum grade of C prior to enrolling in more than six credits of 300- or 400-level history courses. The history curriculum exposes students to a multidimensional analysis of the human past. Knowledge gained through such analysis not only has the intrinsic appeal of any disciplined intellectual inquiry, but also constitutes an indispensable basis for active citizenship and for critical thinking about the society in which the student lives. Historical training at the undergraduate level leads to personal and social awareness within the rich tradition of the liberal arts. It also provides students an ideal preparation for a wide range of careers and further professional study.

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.

Career opportunities
An undergraduate degree in history is good preparation for a wide variety of careers, including in public history, law, public administration, education, not-for-profit management, or business (including sales, marketing, and administration), as well as for graduate study in History. Students in History who take the appropriate coursework in the sciences also go on successfully to graduate programs in medicine. History undergraduate students would do well to seek leadership roles in school or community organizations, and to gain experience in the fundraising and grant writing techniques which support not-for-profit organizations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to history, politics, or government administration. Part-time and summer jobs, internships, and volunteer positions are critical to gaining the experience and skills that employers seek.
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialist   
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Library Technician
  • Museum Technician and Conservator  
  • Park Naturalist  
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Recreation Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Social and Human Services Assistant 
  • Staff and Legislative Assistant  
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • College Professor
  • Museum Director
Contact information


VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

Transfer major map
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Arts: History

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to History through the NOVA career planning system
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore VCU's Career Pathways.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • If interested, attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU History Department.
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or History-related events.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to History through the NOVA career planning system
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore VCU's Career Pathways.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • If interested, attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU History Department.
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or History-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Arts: History

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
HIS Elective (Select 1): HIS 101, 111 HIST ___ 3 Major
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab (Select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, GOL 105, PHY 101, PHY 150 VCU equivalent 4 General education
World Language 101 World Language (101-Level) VCU Equivalent 4 to 5 General education
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
HIS Elective (Select 1): HIS 203, 231, 232, 251, 253, 254 HIST ___ 3 Major
CST Elective (Select 1): CST 100, 110, 126 SPCH 121 3 Elective
World Language 102 World Language (102-Level) VCU Equivalent 4 to 5 General education
English Literature Elective (Select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL 3 Elective
Social/Behavioral Science Elective (Select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211 VCU equivalent 3 Elective
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select 1): ART 101, ART 102, MUS 121, PHI 101 VCU equivalent 3 General education
World Language 201 World Language (201-level) VCU Equivalent 3 to 4 Elective
Social/Behavioral Science Elective (Select 1) HIS 121, 122 VCU equivalent 3 Major
Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab (Select 1): BIO 101, 102, CHM 101, 102, GOL 105, 106, PHY 101, 102, 150 VCU equivalent 4 General education
General Education Elective (Select 1): HIS 102, 112 VCU equivalent 3 Major
World Language 202 World Language (202-Level) VCU Equivalent 3 to 4 Elective
General Education Elective (Select 1): PLS 241, REL 231 (Note: this elective is NOT needed if World Languages total more than 15 credits) VCU equivalent 3 General education
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 60 to 62
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Study 3 Major
HIST 493 or HIST 490 Internship (capstone) or Seminar in History 2 to 4 Major
HIST ___ Upper-level HIST classes (HIST 300-499, except for HIST 490 or 493); see VCU advisor for assistance on course selection. Note: Major requires at least six credits from each of three areas (may be satisfied by 100-level and 300-level HIST courses chosen above): a) Europe, b) United States, and c) Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East. 18 Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 20 to 22 Elective
Open electives 12 to 15 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total 120