Concentrations: Public History

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.

JMU Course: HIST 101, World History to 1500

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 111
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: A core requirement

JMU Course: HIST 102, World History Since 1500

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 112
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: A core requirement

JMU Course: HIST 225, U.S. History

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 121 and 122
  • RBC equivalents: HIST 201 and 202
  • NOTE: See note #1

JMU Course: HIST 201, Europe to 1815 and/or HIST 202, Europe Since 1815

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 101, 102
  • RBC equivalents: HIST 101, 102
  • NOTE: See note #1

JMU Course: Philosophy course for the B.A. degree

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100, 101, 102, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 225, 226, 227, 265 or 276
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203
  • NOTE: Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 115 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.

JMU Course: EDUC 300, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies. Students must earn a grade of B or better to meet secondary education requirements.

JMU Course: POSC 225, U.S. Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 130, 135 or 211
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 201
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.

JMU Course: ECON 200, Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECON 201, Introduction to Microeconomics

  • VCCS equivalents: ECO 201 or 202
  • RBC equivalents: ECON 201 or 202
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.

JMU Course: GEOG 200, Geography: The Global Dimension or GEOG 280, Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

  • VCCS equivalents: GEO 200, 210, 220, 221 or 222
  • RBC equivalents: GEO 101 or 103
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.

JMU Course: POSC 369, Political Parties and Elections or POSC 380, The U.S. Presidency or POSC 385, The U.S. Congress

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 220, 225 or 230
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies. 

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. History majors must take two 200-level history courses. HIS 121 and 122 (HIST 201 and 202 for RBC) transfer together as HIST 225, and count as one 200-level course. Students who take HIS 121 and 122 will need to take an additional 200-level history course (HIS 101 or 102 will fulfill this requirement). Students interested in teacher licensure for social studies must take HIST 225.
2. History majors earn a B.A. degree. The B.A. requires intermediate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
3. A philosophy course is also required for the B.A.; see course equivalents above for options. B.A. requirements may be taken at the community college or at JMU.
4. Students seeking teacher licensure in social studies must also complete the pre-professional secondary education program and the minor in interdisciplinary social science. See links below for more information on teacher education for transfer students.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of History
Interdisciplinary Social Science
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
Advising guides by community college     
Career Guide to JMU Majors: History

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