BA Degree in International History – Richmond University

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  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

    4 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

Learn how the past has shaped the present with this exciting programme which explores international history from ancient to contemporary times. Based in the historic and vibrant city of London, you’ll have access to some of the world’s top museums and collections.

We offer an exceptionally wide range of international history courses covering different regions, such as modern China, the Caribbean, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, locating them within themes of global significance and complementing our International Relations, Politics, Film and American Studies degree programmes which you can combine with your History major.

During the first year our students take World Cultural History, and later Myths and Monsters, to give them a strong grounding in traditional historical themes and concepts. As students progress onto the second year we ensure they can take modules of interest to them. We specialise in thematic social and cultural history courses, such as LGBT, propaganda, fashion, film, migration, black London, race and empire and witchcraft, rather than just traditional chronological and periodic history courses. We also focus on political power dynamics with courses such as “Comparative Monarchies: Games of Thrones”, “The Rise of the Right: a History of Fascism”, the Vikings, Race and Empire, “Islam and the West” and US Presidents.

At Richmond we encourage debate and discussion of past events and historical controversies, getting students to consider themes such as bias and to question the ‘grand narrative’ that so often ‘belongs to the victor’. Students not only ‘read’ history but they also get to apply what they have learned in a practical sense by conducting their own historical research projects, analysing primary sources, archival data and material objects, and collaborating with our external partners in museums, embassies, and the media in an array of exciting credited internship opportunities. By taking this holistic approach students develop a range of skills that are readily transferable to an array of postgraduate disciplines as well as to many occupations and careers.

Our internationally renowned professors are enthusiastic, approachable and use a variety of innovative teaching styles and materials, ranging from grime videos and historic walks to an analysis of the Cold War through James Bond films. There are also many opportunities to share your love of history with fellow students in our HIRPES (History, International Relations, Politics Education Society) history group. Possible planned visits for next year include trips to a nuclear air raid shelter, a gay-walking tour of Soho, or an immersive Viking experience in York. Whatever your interests are, we are sure you will feel enthused and engaged by studying history with us at Richmond.

Additionally you can take a semester or a year to study abroad to study history at one of our international partnership universities all over the world or at one of our own Italian campuses in either Rome or Florence. You will not pay more in terms of tuition and you don’t need to add extra time to your degree.

Top 5 Reasons to Study International History

  • London provides the perfect backdrop to study International History – with world-leading museums and collections on the doorstep
  • Interdisciplinary programme combining areas of study from the Humanities and other fields ensures breadth of approach with lots of study abroad opportunities all over the world
  • Opportunity to learn from enthusiastic professors who are passionate about teaching their subject, active in research, and available to meet students for one-to-one tutoring
  • A practical application of the subject through historical research projects and work experience in credited internship schemes with high profile external partners
  • Participate in exciting educational trips both in London, around the UK, and internationally
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths
    Whitgrift School, University of Virginia, Greenpeace USA, WorldStrides- Capstones Programs,The United Nations Children’s Fund, BBC, Bloomberg L.P, NBC News, Al Jazeera

    Further Education
    London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London, University of Cambridge, Frostberg State University, Antony’s College, Oxford University

    Career paths for International History graduates
    Research, Teaching, Museums, Galleries, Media, Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Graduate Study/Academia

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Modules breakdown

3 Years pathway

Core Modules & Electives

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

World Cultural History

Evolution of International Systems

Senior Seminar I

The Global Cold War

Myths and Monsters

Pictures of Power

When Worlds Collide

Elective

Culture, Power & Empire

Research & Writing I

Elective

Elective

Creative Expression

Elective

Elective

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

From Versailles to Vietnam

Nationalism & Conflict

Senior Seminar II

Quantitative Reasoning

Rise of the Right

Migrations & Diasporas

Research & Writing II

Rome & The East

History on Film

Scientific Reasoning

Comparative Monarchies

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

4 Years pathway

Core Modules

CORE SUBJECTS

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

World Cultural History

When Worlds Collide: Race and Empire c1400-1888

Rise of the Right: A History of Fascisms

Pictures of Power: History, Image

The Global Cold War

Versailles to Vietnam: US & the World

Nationalism And Conflict

History on Film

Transitions I

Evolution of International Systems

Rome in the East: Culture & Faith in Late Antiquity

Culture, Power, and Empire

Transitions II

 

Of Myths and Monsters: A History of History

Senior Seminar in History 1

Quantitative Reasoning

 

Comparative Monarchies: Games of Thrones

Senior Seminar in History 2

Scientific Reasoning

  

Migration and Diasporas

Creative Expression

   

Research and Writing I

   

Plus 2 QCF Level 3 Electives

   

Electives

ELECTIVE MODULES

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

 

Plus two of the following:

Plus one of the following:

Plus 4 of the following OR Internship and 2 of the following:

 

Intro to Art Across Cultures

Power in the Americas

Non-Western Visual Culture

 

Introduction to Visual Culture

History of Design

New Media & Visual Power

 

Rich World/Poor World

The Renaissance: New Perspectives

Visualising People & Place

 

Modern Economic History

Art History: Theory and Practice

Questioning Renaissance Art

 

Introduction to Film Studies

Modern Art and Modernism

Postcolonial Theory and Development

 

History of Fashion

Art of Pre-Historic Europe

International Cinema

 

Major Political Thinkers

History of Photography

US History Since 1972

 

Gender and Culture

Modern Popular Music

Island to Empire: British History from 1707-1922

 

Research and Writing II

Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

Visualising Enlightenment: Art, Ideas, Material Culture

 

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives

History of London

World Internship in History (6 CREDITS)

  

US and UK Comparative History

Internship in History (6 CREDITS)

  

War of the Worlds?: Empire and Civilization

International Political Economy

  

Crusades and Jihads

Conflict and Peace Studies

  

Saxon and Viking Culture in England

Diplomatic Studies

  

Miracle to Meltdown: East & Southeast Asia

Liberty Justice Equality: Contemp Pol Th

  

Postcolonial Literatures

Citizenship: National and Global

  

Modern European Mind

Politics of Environmentalism

  

Political Economy: Capitalism and its Critics

Ethnicity and Identity

  

British Politics: Inside Parliament

Gender, Politics and Intl Relations

  

Politics of the Middle

Religion, Identity And Power

  

Politics Goes to Hollywood

Democracy and Democratization

  

Islam and the West

 
  

Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

 
  

Russian Politics and History

 
  

Modern China

 
  

Religion, Magic and Witchcraft

 
  

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

 

3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

Qualification

Undergraduate

Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years

TOEFL IBT

72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

51 with 51 in each component

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate

No Expiry

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond online Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended

Application process

Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.

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UCAS Course Code

3 year pathway

RU07

4 year pathway

V100
  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is currently validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • SFE loans currently awaiting designation.

Full Time 3-4 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:
admissions@richmond.ac.uk

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

What our students say

“I attended Richmond through AIFS in 2013-14 and was amazed at the calibre of professors who were instructing my classes. The classes themselves were interesting and varied, but the professors really stand out in my experience. They helped me to hone in on my academic and professional writing which has benefited me to this day. They also pushed me to learn more and focus on areas of history that I found interesting and why I found them interesting. I discovered that the professors and their subject matter were unlike any at my home institution and truly enjoyed my time at Richmond because of them.”

Liz StowersInternational History BA, 2014

“I studied abroad at Richmond in the spring of 2011 as a history student from the University of South Carolina. People often say that their time studying abroad is one of the best in their lives; in my case, I can genuinely say that my time at Richmond changed the course of my life. The supervision I received from the academic staff gave me the confidence to pursue history at a more advanced level.

Similarly, I enjoyed studying in London so much I was inspired to return for both a Masters and PhD. To this day I am still connected to Richmond through the mentorship of Prof Dominic Alessio, who has helped to guide me through a lot of major academic decisions and offered me the opportunity to publish with him. I owe my current life direction and many successes to the experience I had at Richmond all those years ago.”

Katherine ArnoldInternational History, 2011

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.

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.

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.

Zapryan DumbalskiBA International History, 2011

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. 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.


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.

Isaiah BehnkeBA International History, 2007

“Richmond’s International History programme offers an excellent assortment of both classical and contemporary studies, from Ancient Rome to the Cold War. With a close knit group of professors from various disciplines, every class is unique. I personally enjoy the small class sizes, that allow for greater interaction between students and professors.”

John BlairBA International History

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
Richmond-upon-Thames
TW10 6JP
England

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)