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Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

January 2024

September 2024

January 2025

About this program

International History BA

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 Programs 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 offer wide-ranging courses such as Post-apocalyptic Worlds, Russian History and Politics and American Culture Wars.

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.

Admission requirements

  • A Levels: 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Discovering America: Foundations of American Studies
  • World Cultural History
  • The Global Cold War
  • Tools for Change
  • Research and Writing I

Plus one of the following:

  • Visual Thinking
  • Narratives of Change

Year 2

  • The Atlantic Slave Trade and Memory
  • Versailles to Vietnam: Social History of the USA
  • History of Fashion
  • Research and Writing II
  • Change in Practice
  • Data Analysis for Social Change

Plus two of the following:

  • Intro to Art Across Cultures
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Rich World/Poor World
  • Modern Economic History
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Modern Political Thought

Year 3

  • Rise of the Right: A History of Fascisms
  • Nationalism And Conflict
  • History of London
  • History of Design
  • Of Myths and Monsters: History of History

Plus one of the following:

  • US and UK Comparative History
  • Museums and Galleries of London
  • Art in Context
  • Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre
  • Post-Apocalyptic Worlds
  • Black London
  • Russian History and Politics
  • Capitalism and its Critics
  • Democracy and its Enemies

Plus one of the following:

  • Service Learning: Digital Collaboration
  • Service Learning: Leadership in a Changing World
  • Service Learning: Environment and Society
  • Service Learning: Global Citizenship and Migration

Year 4

  • Propaganda: History and Image
  • Culture, Power, and Empire
  • Visualizing Enlightenment: Art, Ideas, Material Culture
  • Modern Warfare and Social Change
  • Senior Seminar in History 1
  • Senior Seminar in History 2

Plus one of the following:

  • American Culture Wars
  • Non-Western Visual Cultures
  • International Cinema
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Contemporary Political Theory

Integrated Internship

  • World Internship in History
  • Internship in History

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • £9,250 (UK/EU)
  • £14,750 (INT)
  • $38,000 (US)


  • London provides the perfect backdrop to study International History – with world-leading museums and collections on the doorstep
  • Interdisciplinary Program 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

Career paths

Graduate Destinations

Below is a list of where some of the graduates of this Program have gone on to work.

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

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Richmond, The American International University in London

At Richmond, The American University in London we offer a Liberal Arts education renowned for its flexibility and broad-based curriculum. We have campuses in two of London’s premier area – Richmond and Kensington. Our Liberal Arts approach is designed to...

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Why study at Richmond, The American International University in London

  • Our multi-disciplinary Liberal Arts degree programmes for undergraduates
  • Our international and specialist education for postgraduates
  • The UK university where you can graduate with both a UK and US degree
  • Exceptional teaching – our students put Richmond in the top five London universities for overall satisfaction levels on the quality of the course – 2021 National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Experience life in London, the top student city in the world
  • Accredited Internships to enhance your employability
  • Scholarships – making studying with us more affordable
  • Study Abroad opportunities for undergraduates on a global scale

Contact info

Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP London
United Kingdom

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