BA Degree in International 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 International 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.
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 Director, Student Account Operations at the University of Virginia. Previously I was the Account Manager for WorldStrides- Capstone Programs based in Charlottesville, Virginia. My roles and responsibilities were 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.