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2021-2022

History, Bachelor of Arts

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (Reynolds Community College)
Reynolds Community College
Reynolds 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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2021-2022

History, Bachelor of Arts

Reynolds 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.
  • Apply to the Reynolds Pathways Program.
  • If you are concerned about the foreign language requirement, discuss alternate associate degree pathways with your advisor.
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Get involved with student clubs and organizations.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
  • Review VCU History department website for possible connections with faculty and peers and for information about History talks and clubs.
  • Attend a campus tour at VCU and explore museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events in the region.
  • Learn about the transfer admission process for VCU.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to history through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
Experience Year 2
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Attend a VCU History Department Course Fair to become familiar with upcoming fall course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU History Department and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in History to make professional and personal connections.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
  • 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 History-related events.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • 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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Apply to the Reynolds Pathways Program.
  • If you are concerned about the foreign language requirement, discuss alternate associate degree pathways with your advisor.
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Get involved with student clubs and organizations.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
  • Review VCU History department website for possible connections with faculty and peers and for information about History talks and clubs.
  • Attend a campus tour at VCU and explore museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events in the region.
  • Learn about the transfer admission process for VCU.
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
  • Browse careers related to history through the Virginia Wizard.
  • 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
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Attend a VCU History Department Course Fair to become familiar with upcoming fall course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU History Department and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in History to make professional and personal connections.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • 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 History-related events.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • 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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

History, Bachelor of Arts

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

Reynolds 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
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Elective
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 community college advisor. VCU equivalent 4 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Laboratory Science Select 1: BIO 101, 107, CHM 101, GOL 105, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (102-level) VCU equivalent 4 General education
HLT/PED Personal Wellness Elective VCU equivalent 1 Elective
HIS ___ Western Civilization or World History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112 HIST ___ 3 Major
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 General education
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (201-level) VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Select 1: ART 101, 102, CST 151, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, 220, REL 231, 232 VCU equivalent 3 General education
HIS ___ U.S. History (select 1): HIS 121, 122 HIST ___ 3 Major
Laboratory Science Laboratory Science (select 1): BIO 101, 102, 107, CHM 101, GOL 105, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (202-level) VCU equivalent 3 Elective
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL 3 General education
Social/Behavioral Science Select 1: PLS 211, PSY 200, SOC 200, 210 (students interested in teaching history should select PLS 211) VCU equivalent 3 General education
Transfer elective Select an additional 100-level HIS class HIST 3 Major
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU 60
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
HIST Select one 100-level HIST survey class (not selected previously at Reynolds) 3 Major
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 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. 21 Elective
Open electives 12 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 60
Bachelor's degree total 120