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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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Prepare for a future in politics, law, journalism, or education with a bachelor's degree in history.

The online bachelor's degree in history at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to help you develop a foundation of historical thinking, research, and writing skills on which to build your life and career. Our program is designed and taught by professional historians, and UMGC has nearly two decades of experience teaching history in an online and hybrid environment. Plus, our alumni have successfully pursued master’s and doctoral programs and have found work in museums and archives; federal, state, and local government; and universities and K-12 schools. 

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses: 33 Credits

  • (3 Credits, HIST 115) or (3 Credits, HIST 141)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 116) or (3 Credits, HIST 142)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 156)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 157)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 289)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 309)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 495)
  • Upper-level HIST courses (12 credits): Focused study in either U.S. history or world history recommended; see Degree Focus below

Degree Focus 

To align with the 12-credit upper-level requirement listed above, we recommend you choose from one of the following groups of classes below to align with your career interests:

U.S. History
  • (3 Credits, HIST 316L)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 365)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 377)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 461)
World History
  • (3 Credits, HIST 326)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 337)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 392)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 480)

General Education Courses: 41 Credits

Review the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees.

Minor and Elective Courses: 46 Credits

Review a list of available academic minors or see the course catalog or Schedule of Classes to help you select elective courses.

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
1 (3 Credits, PACE 111C) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
2 (1 Credit, LIBS 150) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
3 (3 Credits, WRTG 111) General Education: Communication
4 (3 Credits, CMST 301) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
5 (3 Credits, NUTR 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
6 (3 Credits, HIST 115) Major
7 (3 Credits, SPCH 100) General Education: Communication
8 (3 Credits, MATH 105) General Education: Math
9 (3 Credits, WRTG 112) General Education: Communication
10 (3 Credits, HIST 116) Major
11 (3 Credits, HUMN 100) General Education: Arts & Humanities
12 (3 Credits, GEOL 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
13 (3 Credits, BEHS 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
14 (3 Credits, HIST 125) General Education: Arts & Humanities
15 3-credit elective course Elective
16 (3 Credits, ECON 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
17 (3 Credits, HIST 156) Major
18 3-credit elective course Elective
19 (3 Credits, HIST 157) Major
20 3-credit elective course Elective
21 (3 Credits, HIST 289) Major
22 3-credit elective course Elective
23 (3 Credits, HIST 309) Major
24 (3 Credits, WRTG 391) General Education: Communication
25 3-credit elective course Elective
26 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
U.S. History: (3 Credits, HIST 316L)
World History: (3 Credits, HIST 326)
27 3-credit elective course Elective
28 3-credit elective course Elective
29 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
U.S. History: (3 Credits, HIST 365)
World History: (3 Credits, HIST 337)
30 3-credit elective course Elective
31 3-credit elective course Elective
32 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
U.S. History: (3 Credits, HIST 377)
World History: (3 Credits, HIST 392)
33 3-credit elective course Elective
34 3-credit elective course Elective
35 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
U.S. History: (3 Credits, HIST 461)
World History: (3 Credits, HIST 480)
36 3-credit elective course Elective
37 3-credit elective course Elective
38 3-credit elective course Elective
39 3-credit elective course Elective
40 (3 Credits, HIST 495) Major
41 (1 Credit, CAPL 398A) Elective

Accelerated Pathway

Through an accelerated pathway, students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for a Master of Arts in Teaching by up to 12 credits.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 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.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help prepare you for a future in politics, law, journalism, or education. It is appropriate for you if you have an interest in teaching history or social studies; working in public history archives, historic sites, museums, and galleries; or pursuing graduate-level study in history or law and public policy.

History Jobs
There are more than 1.2 million people employed in the field of history in the United States as of 2020.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Field of Degree: History" | 2020
Four out of five employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities | "Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight" | 2014

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Student Organizations

History Student Society

The History Student Society brings together students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have a shared interest in history and provides them with a space to exchange ideas, plan and host activities, and help fellow members advance in the field. It is available to students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. Students and alumni can join the History Student Society group on CareerQuest

Phi Alpha Theta (History)

Phi Alpha Theta brings together students and faculty who are interested in the field of history. It is available to undergraduate students. You must have a GPA of 3.1 or higher in at least 12 credits of UMGC history courses and have an overall UMGC GPA of 3.0. It is open to all students in any major. For more information, please email


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