The Minor in History looks into the Global Cold War and world cultural history and then dives into five more history courses of your choice.


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.

It’s not just about study, this is your story

Studying abroad

Whether you’re studying in another country, or studying here at the university in London, with Richmond University you have the opportunity to study abroad. That could mean trying out university in London for a semester to a year, studying overseas at any of our partner locations across the world, or taking part in a world internship – designed to give you the experience you need to complement your programme.


We offer career support and advice throughout your studies (through the Careers & Internships Office), doing everything we can to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Just by taking part in a liberal arts degree, you’re learning a wealth of transferable skills, including learning to adapt to the working climate – essential criteria employers look for. You could also benefit from work experiences and internships as part of your programme; giving you an extra advantage at the start of your career.

Post graduation

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Museums / Galleries
  • Media / Communications Industries
  • Graduate Study / Academia

Programme Structure

Minor requirements – US Credits 18 – UK Credits 72
One of the following:

This is a survey course that examines a variety ancient cultures of the Bronze and Iron ages, across the world. It aims to introduce students to the diversity and parallels that exist in human history. Students will learn about the interaction of politics, arts, ideologies and the economy in shaping the various cultures under study. Material culture and textual evidence will be used to explore how we can know about the past and begin to understand how to read secondary sources in a critical manner. Key areas of focus will be the development of early states, trade and economic development, war and diplomacy, the diverse role and status of women in the ancient world. We will explore the ideologies that acted as glue for these cultures and how they represented themselves.

This course introduces students to the major events and themes of the Cold War, demonstrating how it shaped the modern world system. In addition to providing students with a foundational understanding of the major themes and events of the Cold War, this course explores the interpretive controversies surrounding them. Students are encouraged to engage the changing historiography of the multifaceted, multi-polar Cold War from a variety of challenging perspectives, with particular emphasis given to its global context. Students will examine the period in the light of changing historiographical interpretations and with reference to its economic, cultural, ideological, military, political and social dimensions.

plus one lower division History course (with HST prefix)
plus four History courses (with HST prefix) at 500-level or higher, chosen from the core list for the International History major

Undergraduate Prospectus