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Online Bachelor's Degree: History

Bachelor of Arts
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Enrich your knowledge of history and its impact on society with an online bachelor's degree in history from University of Maryland Global Campus. Connect with a diverse network of peers and expert faculty members as you prepare to shape the future with insights from the past. With convenient online courses, multiple start dates, access to lifetime career services, and a generous transfer credit policy, UMGC provides the flexibility and support you need. Start your journey today. 

Become a Skilled Historian with Deep Insights into Human Civilization

This comprehensive 120-credit BA program highlights a range of topics from the foundational aspects of historical studies to advanced explorations of cultural, political, and social history. Throughout the curriculum, students delve into the complexities of war, periods of monumental change, and the key individuals who have shaped the United States and our world. Within this framework, they also learn about topics such as African American history, historical methods, the Middle East, China, and more. Ultimately, this online degree is designed for those interested in studying the past to inform and improve future outcomes once they graduate.

Here are a few benefits of this online program: 

  • Developed and taught by professional historians, our curriculum is designed to prepare you for roles in politics, law, journalism, education, and more.
  • Students in this program can take advantage of UMGC's accelerated pathway benefit, reducing the total credits needed for a master's degree in teaching. 
  • Additional networking opportunities and resources are available through student organizations such as UMGC’s History Student Society, Pi Alpha Theta, and Pi Gamma Mu.

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View a complete list of history degree courses, program-specific and degree-level requirements, graduate-level credit opportunities, and more.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Develop Skills in Historical Analysis  

Understanding historical contexts, developments, and the forces that shape our current environment is crucial so that we can inspire positive change. This online program is designed to give you the well-rounded knowledge and skills to interpret and evaluate past events to improve the future. The program aims to cultivate key competencies in areas such as historical methods; historical writing; critical thinking and analysis; cultural and temporal comparison; cause and effect understanding; communication of historical insights; ethics in historical interpretation; and more. Program directors regularly review and update the curriculum with an emphasis on helping students achieve the following: 

Start the Next Chapter in Your Career

This program is designed to prepare you to succeed in a range of professional settings, including museums, historic sites, government, educational institutions, research firms, cultural resource management, public history archives, and more. Graduates might pursue careers as teachers, writers, historians, archivists, museum curators, research analysts, heritage managers, or historical consultants. 

Please note: Pursing a Master of Arts in Teaching through our accelerated pathway may better prepare you for the teaching careers represented here. 

Job Growth
Overall employment of archivists, curators, and museum workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | Last Reviewed: April 15, 2024
Job Openings
About 118,800 openings for postsecondary teachers are projected each year, on average, over the next decade.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | Last Reviewed: April 15, 2024
Job Openings
About 109,000 openings for kindergarten and elementary school teachers are projected each year, on average, over the next decade.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | Last Reviewed: April 15, 2024

Apply What You Learn in Your Courses 

Throughout the curriculum, your instructors will assign in-depth coursework that may help you prioritize real-world skills and hands-on experiences. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following projects: 

  • Apply historical thinking and research skills to a contemporary public policy issue to illuminate potential consequences and suggest possible interventions.  
  • Prepare written and oral testimony on a proposed legislative bill to create a new license plate honoring enslaved African Americans in Maryland. 
  • Develop a critical book review of a topic in European history that identifies each part of a monograph and develops abilities to present historical information for multiple audiences.  
  • Conduct a secondary nation study of a country before, during, and after World War II including political, economic, cultural, and military factors. 

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