BA Degree in History
History demonstrates how the past has impacted upon, and shaped, the present. The degree provides a broad base of historical knowledge in the first year, upon which is built a gradually more complex and more specific understanding of key historical themes and periods. The curriculum emphasises varied methodological approaches to the discipline, ranging historically from the ancient and medieval worlds to contemporary political and cultural issues, such as imperialism, propaganda, fascism, racism and nationalism. In doing so it strives to foster research and scholarship in historical enquiry.
The BA degree in History begins with a foundation overview of western and nonwestern societies (studying everything from the Incas of South America to the Crusades of the Middle Ages), and is followed by a more detailed analysis of particular societies, themes, and/or regions. These can include: Fascism, Imperialism, Nationalism, the Enlightenment, Culture, US history, British Art and Architecture, and China, amongst others. The major culminates in a senior essay in which students research a topic of their own choice.
- Study International History taught by international Historians in an international classroom.
- Interdisciplinary programme combining areas of study from the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Senior students have the opportunity to collaborate on research and co-write papers with professors.
- Participate in exciting field trips to Europe, parts of historical London, and the Middle East (Turkey and Egypt).
- Graduates of the History programme go on to further study at leading academic intuitions such as Oxford and Cambridge.
- Gain vital work experience in the marketplace with an international internship.
Lower Division Requirements
QCF Level 3 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
FHEQ Level 4 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
Upper Division Requirements
FHEQ Level 5 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
FHEQ Level 6 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
Career paths for History graduates
- Museums / Galleries
- Media / Communications Industries
- Graduate Study / Academia
Where do Richmond’s History graduates go?*
In the workplace
- AXA Rosenberg
- Deutsche Bank
- Mercedes Benz
- The Albert Baker Fund
- University of New York, Prague
- Oxford University
- Cambridge University
- King’s College London
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- Nottingham University
- Birkbeck, University of London
* Figures and information supplied by the Department of Alumni Relations
How Will I be Assessed?
The teaching and learning strategy adopted within the degree programmes based in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences is based on the understanding that all students will be treated as active learners. Clearly, the precise approach will vary from course to course, depending on the learning outcomes relevant to each class.
The more generic components of our teaching and learning strategy normally involves a variety of approaches and include delivering many of the following:
- Regular use of formal lecture sessions in most courses.
- Regular use of individual and/or team-based projects in many courses.
- Use of audio-visual and library resources in many courses.
- Use of computer laboratory and/or Centre for New Media to learn and apply analytical and/or creative/professional techniques.
- Occasional workshops and seminars in some courses.
- Student presentations in some courses.
- Regular use of tutor- and student-led discussion groups via e-learning platforms such as PowerCAMPUS in some courses
- Regular use of self-directed and directed reading in all courses.
Students pursuing degrees in any one of the academic areas in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences are assessed through their ability to absorb material delivered in the classroom as well as through their ability carry out independent research. There are also a variety of project-based courses in the upper division within which students work in teams. Students are also assessed though a variety of methods, including tests, project briefs and term-papers. Most courses further assess students through the use of end of term exams.
All of our classes follow a University-defined set of Assessment Norms. The purpose here is to ensure equity and fairness for all students.
- A Level: CCC or 240 UCAS Points (Fall 16/Spring 17) or 96 UCAS Points (Fall 17/Spring 18)
- US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
- International Baccalaureate: 24
- BTEC National Diploma: MMM
- ABMA Diplomas and Certificates
- SAT: 1700
- ACT composite: 24
- French Baccalaureate: 10/20
- Abitur (Germany): 2.5 – 2.7
- Esame di Stato (Italy): Overall average of 60 or above
- Application for Undergraduate Admission
- Personal Statement
- one Confidential Letter of Academic Recommendation
- Official School Transcripts (if a transfer applicant with under 30 credits, you must also submit official High school transcripts)
- English Language Test Scores** (required for students whose native language is not English)
*Advanced Credit: Students meeting this standard in relevant subjects will normally be given exemption from introductory courses and may complete the degree programme in less than four years. See the ABMA Advanced Early Qualifications link (below) for advanced entry details for students holding ABMA qualifications. Candidates with US High School Diplomas or other entry qualifications can be considered for entry to year 1 of the 4 year degree programmes. ABMA Advanced Entry Qualifications
Students with Advanced Standing A student who has passed an Advanced Placement Test will be given six credits for each subject in which a grade 3,4 or 5 is achieved. A student who has passed an A level (advanced level) examination will be given nine credits for each subject in which a grade of A, B or C is achieved. Six credits will be given for a grade of D or E. Students with advanced qualifications may be awarded course credit towards the BA or BS degree. Examples are the International Baccalaureate, the Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degré (France), the Abitur/Reifzeugnis (Germany), the Diploma di Maturità (Italy), and the School Leaving Diploma from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
University English Language Proficiency Requirements If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are not a national of a majority English speaking country then you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability. This should be an IELTS test taken within the last two years with a score of at least 5.5 in each element. Majority English speaking countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and USA. If you do not need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK but do come from a country where English is not the main language then we can accept a wider variety of English language tests as evidence of your English proficiency. Please note that tests marked with a * are not Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) approved by the Home Office and cannot be used to support your Tier 4 student visa application.
|IELTS||5.5 in each element|
|Cambridge English: First *Cambridge English: Advanced * Cambridge English: Proficiency*||Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in each skill|
|TOEFL iBT *||18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing|
|Pearson Academic Test of English *||51 in each element|
|Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola *(Swedish Students)||English 5 with grade B or above; or English 6 with grade C or above; or English 7 with grade D or above.|
|IB Diploma *||Pass English Language A with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) or 5 or above at Standard Level (SL)Pass English Language (B) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) only|
I graduated from this programme:
In 2007, I graduated from Richmond with my BA in History and went on to further study at the University System of Maryland’s Frostburg State University, (online platform), which I am pursuing to obtain my MBA.
Currently, I am the Account Manager for WorldStrides- Capstone Programs based in Charlottesville, Virginia. My roles and responsibilities are to guide the complete management process of university’s international travel programs – from itinerary conception including business/educational meetings, cultural experiences, and risk management through to program execution.
Richmond provided me with the resources and space to expand and stretch my capacity of understanding through history, diversity, and awareness. This is key to better appreciating and advancing the human condition.
My advice to students who are looking to start their careers is to encourage the utilization of your professors, university resources, and fellow classmates to explore possibilities within your sphere of interest. Don’t be afraid to experience a variety positions. Lastly, I would like for current students to remember that your continued dedicated efforts will advance your station.
I studied the BA in History at Richmond from 2007 to 2011, after which I went on to further study as a graduate student at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, where I obtained a Master of Science degree in Russian and East European Studies.
Currently I am working as Research Assistant for Whitgift School’s upcoming WWI exhibition Remembering 1916: Life on the Western Front. My responsibility is to carry out all research on the wide range of WWI artefacts that will be displayed at the exhibition, as well to examine the historiography of the war, the perspectives of different nations, and any other pertinent subjects.
Richmond provided me with broad knowledge and understanding of history and historical research methods, which has prepared me well for my current research position. I believe that the strength of Richmond’s history degree lies in the variety of the courses on offer and the excellence of the teaching. I learned a great deal from all of my tutors and during my studies I was not only motivated to improve my skills and acquire more knowledge, but also received good careers advice, as well as assistance with any academic issues.
I would advise any students to consider the history degree at Richmond as it will give them a chance to develop their their analytical skills and acquire knowledge in many different subjects, from which they will significantly benefit in today’s marketplace, in which employees need to be able to adapt and learn quickly. The greatest compliment that I can pay to Richmond is that the individual attention that I received often equalled and sometimes even exceeded what I got at Oxford. In the history programme at Richmond it is the personal touch that really makes a difference.
Richmond’s History degree has equipped me with the tools that I need to succeed in both my further studies and career. The breadth and depth of the degree has ensured that I am much better prepared than most of my cohort.
Having started my masters at the LSE, I can already see the benefits of having obtained a liberal arts education; it has enriched my comprehension of history and I am able to approach topics from a variety of perspectives. Moreover, I found the teaching at Richmond to be exceptional. The professors were not only approachable and leaders in their respective fields, but they always ensured that I was being challenged to achieve my full potential. I can heartily recommend Richmond’s degree as being one of an extremely high standard, and were I to complete my undergraduate studies again, then I would most certainly choose Richmond above any other institution in the UK!
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BA Degree in History is currently validated by The Open University.