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2021-2022

History, Bachelor of Arts

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (John Tyler Community College)
John Tyler Community College
John Tyler 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. Capstone options in the major include an in-depth, hands-on research course, or an internship with an historical organization.  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

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


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
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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History, Bachelor of Arts

John Tyler 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
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV course
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value-added courses at community college and VCU
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Review career services at John Tyler.
  • Browse careers related to history through the career coach
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
Experience Year 2
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway
  • Continue meeting with your academic advisor
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center to get ahead.
  • Attend a VCU History department course fair to become familiar with upcoming fall course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Understand how you will fund your education and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU History department.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • 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.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or VCU History department-related events.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • 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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • 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.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV course
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value-added courses at community college and VCU
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Review career services at John Tyler.
  • Browse careers related to history through the career coach
  • 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

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway
  • Continue meeting with your academic advisor
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center to get ahead.
  • Attend a VCU History department course fair to become familiar with upcoming fall course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Understand how you will fund your education and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU History department.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • 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.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or VCU History department-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • 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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • 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.

Course equivalent
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History, Bachelor of Arts

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

John Tyler Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (101-level) Note: The foreign language requirement at VCU can be waived for students who have completed 3 or more years of a language at high school. Students who are concerned about the foreign language requirement should discuss other associate degree options with their John Tyler advisor. VCU Equivalent 4 General education
CST 100 Public Speaking SPCH 121 3 Elective
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (102-level) Note: The foreign language requirement at VCU can be waived for students who have completed 3 or more years of a language at high school. Students who are concerned about the foreign language requirement should discuss other associate degree options with their John Tyler advisor. VCU Equivalent 4 General education
Art Elective Art Elective: ART 101, 102, CST 130, CST 151, MUS 121, MUS 226. VCU equivalent 3 General education
HIS History elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 Major
Social/Behavioral Science Social/behavioral science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed) VCU equivalent 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (201-level) VCU Equivalent 3 Elective
Laboratory Science Laboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111, ENV 121, PHY 101, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
HIS History elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 Major
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1) ENGL 3 General education
Philosophy/Religion Philosophy/Religion elective (select 1): PHI 101, 111, 220, REL 100, 230 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (202-level) VCU Equivalent 3 Elective
Select 1: GEO 210, GEO 220, PLS 135, PLS 241, REL 230, SOC 268 Note: students interested in secondary education teaching should select either PLS 135 or PLS 241. VCU equivalent 3 General education
Transfer elective Select additional 100- or 200-level HIS class VCU equivalent 3 Major
Transfer elective Select additional 100- or 200-level HIS class VCU equivalent 3 Major
Transfer elective Transfer elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
John Tyler Credits Transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Study 3 Major
HIST 493 or HIST 490 Internship or Seminar in History 3 Major
HIST ___ Upper-level HIST classes (HIST 300-499, except for HIST 490 or 493); see VCU advisor for assistance with 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. 21 Elective
Open electives 14 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120