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Professionals with a bachelor's degree in history enjoy diverse career options. Graduates can work in roles such as museum curator, archivist, writer, and teacher.

Additionally, many history graduates go on to earn a graduate degree to prepare for roles such as lawyer, historian, and librarian. History graduates enjoy above-average earning potentials. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and authors make a median salary of over $62,000 per year, while high school teachers typically earn over $60,000.

The flexibility of an online history degree program allows students to balance their studies with personal and professional obligations. This format also lets students attend programs throughout the country without relocating.

Top 10 Online Bachelor's Degree in History 2020

#1 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
#2 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
#3 Washington State University Pullman, WA
#4 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
#5 Florida International University Miami, FL
#6 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
#7 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
#8 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
#9 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
#10 Mary Baldwin University Staunton, VA

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This guide ranks the best online history degrees in addition to providing information on common courses and potential careers for history students.

The Best Online Bachelor's in History Programs

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Milwaukee, WI

About this school

More than 26,000 students from 90 countries study at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. A top research institution, UWM is the state's largest online education provider. The College of Letters and Science offers an online bachelor's degree in history that encourages students to analyze evidence, conduct research, and construct arguments using historical records.

The online bachelor's in history program features asynchronous classes that follow the same semester schedule as the on-campus program. Courses include maps as historical sources, methods and theory in the historical study of religion, and the quantitative analysis of historical data.

Students can complete all major requirements online, but some additional degree requirements, such as foreign language courses, may require in-person attendance. Students gain critical thinking, decision-making, teamwork, and communication skills. Graduates qualify for careers in government, business, law, and education.

Online learners work with an assigned advisor from the College of Letters and Science through regular phone or Skype meetings. History majors with a minimum 3.1 GPA in history, at least 12 history credits, and an overall 3.0 GPA can gain membership to Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society.

Graduation Rate
44%
Percent Receiving Loans
65%
5

Florida International University 

Miami, FL

About this school

Among the 10 largest universities in the U.S., Florida International University focuses on student success and research excellence. The university holds the highest research classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. FIU Online boasts more than 20 years of experience delivering online education and serves more than 54,000 students annually.

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs offers a 120-credit fully online bachelor of arts in history that students can begin in the spring, fall, and summer. History majors gain research, analysis, and leadership skills applicable to diverse industries, including government, law, journalism, and social work.

The history curriculum draws on five geographic areas: the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Online courses include modern U.S. social movements, the global history of domestic violence, and history of the Middle East, 1800 to present. The program explores art, religious texts, linguistic differences, and philosophical thought over time and across places. Outstanding students may qualify to join the Honors College.

All online students receive guidance from an assigned success coach and access to career services and educational development opportunities.

Graduation Rate
58%
Percent Receiving Loans
22%
6

University of Central Florida 

Orlando, FL

About this school

Founded in 1963 to meet the needs of the U.S. space program, the University of Central Florida offers more than 220 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. UCF Online boasts over 20 years of experience in online education, offering more than 80 online programs. Distance learners receive access to online tutors, academic advising, and financial aid assistance.

The 120-credit online history degree from the College of Arts and Humanities gives students critical thinking and analytical skills. History students can tailor the program to their interests and goals by pursuing a regional focus on North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, or Latin America. Halfway through the program, history majors can apply to an accelerated program that lets them graduate with a BA and MA in history. Online history majors receive instruction from the same faculty members who teach on campus.

UCF welcomes transfer applicants with 12 or more transferable college credits. Applicants may need to submit official transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and proof of competency in a foreign language. Online students get access to the same financial aid opportunities as on-campus learners.

Graduation Rate
73%
Percent Receiving Loans
34%
7

Regent University 

Virginia Beach, VA

About this school

Regent University offers more than 130 online and on-campus programs in subjects such as business and leadership, nursing and healthcare, education, and psychology. Regent delivers courses rooted in a Christian worldview to develop career-relevant Christian leadership skills.

Students can earn an online bachelor's degree in history that incorporates a biblical worldview and both Christian and non-Christian perspectives. Students learn to write, read, and communicate clearly while developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and research competencies. The curriculum explores U.S. and world history with an emphasis on culture. Graduates can work in areas like law, government, and historic preservation.

Online history majors can take advantage of Regent's online tutoring services, a weekly online chapel, career services, and the university library. Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts, an admissions questionnaire, and a copy of their government-issued ID. Learners can complete the degree in a fully online or hybrid format. All online students pay the same tuition rate regardless of residency.

Graduation Rate
59%
Percent Receiving Loans
93%
8

Sam Houston State University 

Huntsville, TX

About this school

Founded in 1879, Sam Houston State University serves more than 21,000 students through over 100 academic programs. SHSU provides dozens of fully online undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and professional certifications.

The 120-credit online history degree explores topics like U.S. history, European history, and military history. Program requirements include four semesters of a foreign language and a minor. Students who live near the campus can also complete an individualized museum internship. The curriculum prepares graduates for careers in teaching, records management, and museum studies.

Online students benefit from small class sizes, instruction from experienced professors, and 24/7 support. Students can begin on one of four start dates per year. Applicants must submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and an application fee. Highly qualified high school graduates from Texas may qualify for automatic admission

Graduation Rate
52%
Percent Receiving Loans
62%
9

University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Kearney, NE

About this school

The University of Nebraska at Kearney offers the most affordable education in the state and one of the lowest tuition rates in the country. UNK's eCampus offers more than 30 online programs and over 400 online courses in fields like business, early childhood education, and history. Distance education at UNK features credentialed faculty members, high levels of interaction, and small class sizes.

UNK's online bachelor's in history degree-completion program offers a flexible and convenient way for students to finish their degree. The 120-credit program gives students critical thinking, writing, and reading skills. Graduates can pursue careers in public history, business, and law. The program also prepares students for graduate study. Students must complete general education, foreign language, major, and advanced history elective courses. Classes explore topics like non-Western world history, introduction to Latin America, and American history.

Applicants must submit ACT or SAT scores and high school transcripts. Online students receive access to a 24/7 help desk, an online student orientation, 24/7 library resources, and discounts on computer hardware and software. Distance learners can apply for the same financial aid opportunities as their on-campus counterparts.

Graduation Rate
58%
Percent Receiving Loans
51%
10

Mary Baldwin University 

Staunton, VA

About this school

A private, liberal arts school founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees online and on its historic campus in Staunton, Virginia. Close to 500 students enroll in MBU Online, choosing from more than 30 academic programs.

MBU Online offers a fully online bachelor's degree in history that accepts up to 84 transfer credits. History majors gain advanced conceptual skills and learn how to use a historical perspective to understand contemporary issues. The curriculum explores topics like American, European, and African American history. Students can add an optional minor in historic preservation or public history.

Every online history major must complete a senior thesis. Students may also elect to complete an internship with one of MBU's partner organizations, including the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, the Stonewall Jackson House, and the Museum of American Frontier Culture.

MBU's Virginia Program at Oxford allows history majors to study abroad in England, exploring 16th- and 17th-century English history, literature, and society. The six-week program includes lectures, independent study, and small group discussions. High-performing students can also apply for membership to Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society.

Graduation Rate
47%
Percent Receiving Loans
83%
11

Westfield State University 

Westfield, MA

About this school

Westfield State University has provided online education since 2002. The university offers more than 600 online courses and degree-completion programs in subjects like criminal justice, business management, and history.

Distance learners can earn a fully online BA in history through the university's degree-completion program. Graduates of Massachusetts community colleges who complete the MassTransfer Compact can seamlessly transfer to Westfield. Westfield State accepts up to 79 transfer credits from a two-year school and up to 90 credits from a four-year institution. However, students must complete at least 21 history major credits at Westfield State.

The history curriculum includes classes like drugs in Latin America, the history of American popular culture, and the history of baseball. History majors gain skills in communication, research, analysis, and critical thinking.

Westfield State offers accelerated seven-week intensive courses and traditional 14-week sessions each fall and spring. Distance learners can also take courses during the university's annual two-week January intensive or during two six-week summer sessions.

Graduation Rate
63%
Percent Receiving Loans
75%
12

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 

North Dartmouth, MA

About this school

The University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Nearly 800 students enroll in the school's online degree programs, and an additional 7,800 take at least one online course. Experienced UMass Dartmouth faculty members teach all online classes.

Students can earn a 120-credit online bachelor of arts in history that develops communication and critical thinking skills. Learners must complete at least 36 history credits to graduate, with no more than 12 at the 100 level. The university's generous transfer policy lets students transfer up to 75 credits from regionally accredited colleges toward the degree.

History majors complete U.S. history, European history, non-western history, and history elective courses. Courses include women in world history, the holocaust, and the history of western civilization. The program also requires students to take a three-credit history seminar.

Graduates qualify for careers in government, law, and education. Senior history majors with a cumulative 3.2 GPA can apply for the history department's honors program. Online history majors gain access to tutoring and writing help, personal advising, and library resources.

Graduation Rate
56%
Percent Receiving Loans
78%
13

Southwestern Assemblies of God University 

Waxahachie, TX

About this school

Southern Assemblies of God University boasts a 25-year history of offering online, Bible-based education. The university seeks to help students grow in their educational and spiritual endeavors through Pentecostal theology. All undergraduate programs require Bible courses.

SAGU offers 50 unique online programs, including a fully online bachelor's degree in history. The degree covers world history from ancient times through the 1900s. Although SAGU does not offer concentrations for this major, degree candidates can choose any minor in the school's catalog to supplement their education.

Learners study economic, ancient, medieval, Israeli, American, and Texas history. Courses include introduction to economic history, Israel in the ancient world, and Texas history. In addition to history classes, students complete general education and Bible studies courses. The program teaches students to think critically about history, preparing them for careers as teachers, writers, authors, and museum professionals.

Applicants must be at least 22 years old to qualify for admission to the online program. Students with at least 21 prior credits do not need to submit high school transcripts or placement test scores. Professionals can earn up to 25% of the required credits through the university's experiential learning credit program.

Graduation Rate
44%
Percent Receiving Loans
82%
14

Southern New Hampshire University 

Manchester, NH

About this school

Southern New Hampshire University is a nonprofit university that educates more online students than any school of its kind. As a leader in online education, SNHU offers more than 200 fully online programs, all of which feature asynchronous classes.

The 120-credit bachelor's in history includes general education and history courses. Required history courses cover topics such as world history, United States history, and history research. The flexible curriculum allows students to tailor the degree to their interests through concentrations including:

  • Military history
  • American history
  • Middle Eastern studies
  • European history

Students gain research, communication, and analytical skills applicable to careers in research, journalism, politics, and academia. Prospective students can apply at any time and learn their admission status within just a few days of submitting the application. Admitted students enjoy 24/7 access to online materials. Learners can transfer up to 90 credits from accredited schools. Students can also earn credit for work experience.

Graduation Rate
54%
Percent Receiving Loans
62%
15

The Baptist College of Florida 

Graceville, FL

About this school

Founded by a group of Baptist pastors in 1943, the Baptist College of Florida offers a Christ-centered education. BCF offers all of its on-campus courses and programs in an online format as well, including a bachelor's degree in history and social studies.

The online history degree includes 33 general education credits, 12 biblical credits, 18 elective credits, and 54 major credits. History and social studies courses include workplace communication, United States history, geography, and the history of Christian missions. Students can also pursue a history and social studies education degree, which features a similar curriculum but prepares graduates to become teachers.

BCF charges online students the same tuition rates as their on-campus peers. Courses follow a weekly, asynchronous schedule. BCF holds approval from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which means students from participating states can take courses from this online university.

First-year applicants must submit recommendations from their pastors and commit to following the school's moral code while they attend. Applicants must also submit ACT or SAT scores.

Graduation Rate
62%
Percent Receiving Loans
38%
16

Troy University 

Troy, AL

About this school

Established in 1887, Troy University began as a teachers college. Today, the public university offers diverse online and on-campus programs, including 71 online degrees. The fully online bachelor's degree in history comprises 120 credits, including 36 credits of history classes.

The degree prepares students for careers as archivists, historians, academics, and journalists. Students can choose between two concentrations to customize the degree to their interests:

  • American/Latin American history
  • European/Asian/African history

In addition to general education and history courses, students gain research skills through a research and methodology class. Learners also complete a senior seminar that synthesizes degree knowledge and skills. Accelerated nine-week courses allow students to graduate quickly without taking many classes at the same time.

First-year applicants need a minimum 2.0 high school GPA and a score at least a 20 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT. Transfer students need at least 24 credits from regionally accredited schools with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Graduation Rate
43%
Percent Receiving Loans
81%
17

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 

Natchitoches, LA

About this school

Established more than 130 years ago, Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers a variety of online and on-campus programs, including more than 40 fully online degrees through the university's online campus, eNSU.

The online bachelor's in history includes general education, history, and social studies courses. Students learn about American and non-American history, studying topics such as the military history of the United States, women in the modern world, and biblical history. Students may also choose an optional minor to customize the degree to their interests.

All online students pay the same tuition rate regardless of residency. While many eNSU courses feature asynchronous formats, some classes require students to log on at set times during the week. First-year applicants need a high school diploma or equivalent. They must also submit ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER scores. Transfer students need at least 18 prior credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Graduation Rate
45%
Percent Receiving Loans
57%
18

Norfolk State University 

Norfolk, VA

About this school

Norfolk State University hosts more than 5,000 students through diverse online and on-campus programs. The online bachelor's degree in history includes general education, history, and elective courses.

The curriculum teaches students to think creatively, solve important problems, communicate effectively, and understand the historical context of major events. Learners study topics like African American history, geography, American government, and principles of speech. During their final semester, degree candidates must complete a three-credit history internship.

All online courses offer asynchronous learning and 24/7 access to course materials. An online student orientation allows new learners to explore the online learning platform. Distance learners also gain access to academic advising, technical support, an online library, and a 24/7 student success center.

Students with at least 12 credits from another regionally accredited school need a minimum 2.0 GPA. Applicants with fewer credits must submit high school transcripts or GED results and ACT or SAT scores.

Graduation Rate
37%
Percent Receiving Loans
83%
19

Liberty University 

Lynchburg, VA

About this school

Founded in 1971, Liberty is an evangelical university that hosts more than 100,000 students worldwide, making it among the largest schools in the country. This private university aims to create "champions for Christ" who change the world.

Online learners can choose from more than 400 programs, including a fully online bachelor's degree in history. The history curriculum covers the social, economic, and military history of societies around the world. Students also complete courses in geography, history methodology, and biblical studies.

Learners culminate the degree with a capstone project that synthesizes degree knowledge and content. The curriculum gives learners the analytical thinking and research skills necessary to excel in careers as data analysts, museum directors, and history educators. Classes feature eight-work terms and an asynchronous learning format.

Applicants need a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students can transfer up to 75% of the required credits from other regionally accredited universities. Learners with military experience can earn credit for their service. Military students also receive tuition discounts.

Graduation Rate
50%
Percent Receiving Loans
59%
20

Nicholls State University 

Thibodaux, LA

About this school

Nicholls State University hosts more than 6,400 learners through online and on-campus programs each year. The school supports nontraditional students through expansive distance learning options, including a fully online bachelor's in history.

The online history degree focuses on the modern history of America, Europe, and Asia. The program incorporates many history electives, allowing students to tailor the degree to their interests and career goals. Degree candidates must also choose a minor.

Online courses at Nicholls follow an accelerated, eight-week schedule, allowing students to graduate quickly while only taking only one or two classes at a time. Online classes do not require weekly meeting times. However, some courses require students to take exams at approved proctor sites.

Applicants need an overall GPA of 2.35 or higher, a composite ACT score of at least 21, or a core GPA of at least 2.0.

Graduation Rate
45%
Percent Receiving Loans
51%
21

Ohio Christian University 

Circleville, OH

About this school

Ohio Christian University is a private institution that encourages students to follow Christ and lead in their chosen career paths. All OCU programs teach students through the lens of the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition of Christianity. Learners must agree to follow biblical principles as they earn their degrees.

OCU offers 20 programs through its online learning division, including a bachelor's degree in history. The program includes 54 general education credits, 36 history credits, and 30 elective credits. Core history courses include Ohio history, survey of church history, and historiography. Students must also complete a thesis project.

The history degree is part of OCU's OnlinePlus program, which offers fully online, eight-week synchronous courses. Learners log on to virtual classrooms at given times each week to interact with classmates and professors. Students seeking hands-on learning experiences can participate in internships, summer academic camps, and study abroad opportunities.

Learners need a minimum 2.0 GPA and at least a score of 19 on the ACT, 980 on the SAT, or 58 on the CLT. The school considers applicants who fall below these minimums on a case-by-case basis.

Graduation Rate
25%
Percent Receiving Loans
74%
22

Columbia College 

Columbia, MO

About this school

Columbia College is a nonprofit liberal arts school that began as a small college for Christian women. Today, CC hosts more than 20,000 coeducational students on 30 campuses and online. CC's online bachelor's in history degree gives students in-demand skills in areas such as problem-solving and communication.

Students take general education, history, and elective courses. Learners can pursue optional concentrations in global history or U.S. history. Core classes include making of the modern world, introduction to the historian's craft, and a senior seminar. The senior seminar evaluates students' skills at the end of the program to ensure they are ready for graduation.

Online learners can begin on one of six start dates per year. Courses follow an asynchronous format. Applicants need a high school diploma or equivalent or at least six college credits.

Graduation Rate
30%
Percent Receiving Loans
55%
23

Eastern Oregon University 

La Grande, OR

About this school

Eastern Oregon University is a public school the provides affordable learning opportunities through on-campus and online programs. EOU offers 20 distance education programs, including a fully online bachelor's in history.

The online history degree comprises 15 lower-division history credits; 10 U.S. history credits; 10 European or world history credits; 10 credits in comparative, thematic, or Western history; and 15 credits of research and methods courses. The research and methods courses include a thesis and capstone course. Students can customize the degree to their interests through unique electives on topics like the West in film, the sixties, and Frankenstein in European history.

The program caps lower-division courses at 35 students and some upper-division classes at 10 learners to provide students with personalized attention. Courses feature an asynchronous format. Applicants must submit transcripts from all prior learning institutions. Only first-time college students need to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Graduation Rate
33%
Percent Receiving Loans
57%
24

Texas State University 

San Marcos, TX

About this school

Texas State University began as a teachers college. Today, the university hosts more than 38,000 students through 200 degrees. The school's expansive online learning platform offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Many of Texas State's online learning programs use a hybrid learning format, including the bachelor's in history. The history program primarily focuses on preparing students to teach history or social studies in Texas. Learners can opt for one of several certifications, including:

  • History teaching certification
  • History and geography teaching certification
  • History and political science certification

All students take core courses that cover world, United States, and Texas history. Students also take courses in economics, geography, and political science. Texas State offers at least half of the courses in this program online. However, students must complete some courses on campus.

First-year applicants must submit high school transcripts, an essay, and SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students must submit college and high school transcripts, but they do not need to submit standardized test scores.

Graduation Rate
55%
Percent Receiving Loans
62%
25

Arkansas Tech University 

Russellville, AR

About this school

Arkansas Tech University is the third-largest institution of higher learning in the Natural State, hosting more than 12,000 learners. Although ATU has grown rapidly in recent years, it retains many of the benefits that students expect from smaller schools, including a student-to-teacher ratio of 18-to-1 and personalized academic coaching.

In addition to history courses, the fully online bachelor's degree in history includes political science, economics, geography, behavioral science, and communication courses. The well-rounded social sciences degree prepares graduates for careers in journalism, historic preservation, politics, and education.

ATU's academic advisors help students design personalized degree plans that suit their career goals. However, all history majors must take courses on topics like world civilizations, history of Arkansas, and principles of economics.

First-year applicants need a minimum 2.0 GPA and a score of at least 19 on the ACT, 990 on the SAT, or 246 on the ACCUPLACER exam. Transfer students with at least 24 credits need a minimum 2.0 GPA. Transfer students with less than 24 credits must meet the same admission requirements as first-year applicants.

Graduation Rate
41%
Percent Receiving Loans
57%
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bachelor's in history?

A bachelor's degree in history examines different historical periods, including medieval history, U.S. history, and world history. These programs build strong critical thinking, research, and writing skills.

How long does it take to get a bachelor's in history?

Generally, an online history degree takes four years of full-time study to complete. However, students with prior college credits can complete the degree in less time.

Is a degree in history a BA or BS?

Most history programs offer this degree as a BA, which includes foreign language requirements. However, some online programs offer a BS in history.

What are the careers in history?

History graduates can work in fields like education, business, and law. With a bachelor's degree, graduates can pursue roles such as museum curator, writer, archivist, and teacher.

Choosing an Online Bachelor's in History Program

Prospective students researching bachelor's in history programs should consider several factors to find the best program for their needs, such as available courses and concentrations, cost, and delivery format. For example, students should think about their career goals before choosing a school to ensure that their program offers courses and concentrations aligned with their target career.

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Additionally, prospective learners should research a program's costs beyond tuition, such as technology and book fees. Students should also learn whether a program offers tuition discounts for in-state learners or charges all online students the same tuition rate, regardless of residency.

A program's delivery format also impacts a student's experience in a program. Some programs offer courses in an asynchronous format, which means classes do not require set meeting times. This format may appeal to busy students who prioritize flexibility. Synchronous programs offer more opportunities to connect with professors and fellow students but do not offer as much scheduling flexibility.

What Will I Learn in an Online Bachelor's in History Program?

Students pursuing an online bachelor's degree in history typically take classes in areas like premodern and modern history and Western and non-Western history. Students can often tailor their online history degree to match their interests by pursuing concentrations in areas like American history, Asian history, or ancient history.

Online History Degree Courses

World History

Many history programs divide world history surveys into two courses, with the first focused on ancient and medieval history and the second focused on modern history. Students learn about the development of settled communities and the first civilizations in regions like Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. World history classes also explore the rise and fall of empires, trade connections between parts of the world, and conflicts that cross regional boundaries. Modern world history classes cover topics like imperialism, colonialism, and population growth.

U.S. History

U.S. history courses provide an overview of the development of the United States, from its colonial roots through the modern era. Some programs divide U.S. history courses into colonial history, U.S. history from the American Revolution through reconstruction, and U.S. history since the late 19th century. U.S. history classes often cover political, military, cultural, and social history. Learners study topics like the legacy of slavery and the Civil War, the expansion of the U.S., and American imperialism.

Historical Writing

In historical writing classes, history majors learn how to present historical material through scholarly writing, such as research papers, essays, and theses. Students also learn how to use historical sources in their writing, including primary and secondary sources. Students may read essays written by respected historians and complete writing assignments featuring different topics, source bases, and goals. Many historical writing courses cover citation styles and research methods.

Research

In a research class -- sometimes called historical methods -- history majors learn how to conduct historical research. Learners examine how to identify and cite appropriate sources, and they may read historical writing to better understand the types of research that historians conduct. Students may culminate the course with a research project.

Critical Theory

Critical theory classes investigate the historiography of topics through a theoretical lens. Topics may include gender theory, cultural history, Marxism, poststructuralism, and social history. Students may complete reading assignments and write essays analyzing historical theories.

Online History Degree Concentrations

Asian History

An Asian history concentration focuses on Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian history. Students may take classes on topics like ancient history, the political development of different Asian regions, and the culture of Asian countries. Students may also study Asia's military, economic, and environmental history. In addition to covering Asian history, this concentration connects Asian history with the broader world, exploring topics like the Silk Road, the Opium Wars, and World War II. Students may specialize in a particular era or region.

European History

A European history concentration covers medieval, early modern, and modern European history. Students may take classes on the Renaissance, European colonialism, and the political history of Europe. Courses may also cover the impact of the Crusades, the development of modern states like Germany, and conflicts between European powers. Many programs also incorporate classes on the history of science, women's history, and/or military history. Students may specialize in a particular country (e.g., France or Britain) or time period (e.g., the medieval era).

American History

A concentration in American history focuses on the development of the U.S. from the colonial period to the modern era. Learners study the wars that defined American history, including the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. Courses also cover the creation of the Constitution, the diplomatic history of the U.S., and the growth of the U.S. as a world power. Many programs include coursework on urban history, environmental history, and military history. Students may specialize in a particular era.

Roman History

A Roman history concentration focuses on the growth and decline of the Roman empire, from Rome's foundation (traditionally dated to 753 BCE) to Rome's fall in the fifth century CE. Learners study the transition from a republic to rule by an emperor, the expansion of Rome's territorial boundaries, and conflicts with rivals like Carthage. The concentration also covers the decline of the western Roman empire and the continuation of the Byzantine empire. Additionally, students learn about the ancient world, including Sumeria, ancient Greece, ancient India, and ancient China.

Online Bachelor's in History Careers

Earning an online history degree prepares graduates for roles such as archivist, museum curator, high school teacher, and writer. The following section covers several common careers and potential salaries for history graduates.

Archivists

Archivists process and preserve permanent records and documents that hold historic value. They authenticate, appraise, and preserve historical documents and classify archival records to make them accessible. Archivists also manage electronic records systems. Many archivists coordinate educational programs -- including workshops and classes -- and work with researchers to identify relevant material in the archival collection.

Archivists can work with diverse records, including manuscripts, photographs, maps, video, and sound recordings. As part of their training, archivists may take courses on paleography or the study of handwriting. Archivists may specialize in a particular era or aspect of history.

Median Annual Salary

$48,400

Projected Growth Rate

9%

High School Teachers

High school teachers educate students on topics like mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies. Teachers with a history degree often teach subjects like U.S. history, world history, European history, U.S. government, and civics. They plan lessons, present material to students, and assess student learning through assignments and exams. Teachers also enforce classroom rules and supervise students during class.

Outside of the classroom, teachers meet with colleagues, grade assignments, and prepare teaching materials. Teachers at public schools must hold a teaching license. Licensure requirements vary by state but generally include a bachelor's degree, completion of a teacher training program, and passing scores on teaching exams.

Median Annual Salary

$60,320

Projected Growth Rate

4%

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers -- also called college professors -- instruct undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic disciplines. History professors often teach general education courses and classes in their history specialty. They design syllabi, write and present lectures, and assess student learning through examinations and papers.

Many history professors also conduct research and present their work. They may publish academic books and articles, serve on committees, and present research at conferences. Tenure-track professors generally need a Ph.D. in history, but some two-year institutions may hire candidates with a master's degree.

Median Annual Salary

$78,470

Projected Growth Rate

11%

Curators, Museum Technicians, and Conservators

Curators, museum technicians, and conservators work in museums to preserve materials with historic value and create exhibitions to educate the public. Curators -- also called museum directors -- oversee museum collections, manage research projects, and represent museums at conferences and public events. Museum technicians -- also known as collections specialists -- care for objects in a museum's collection. They also maintain records on collections and answer questions from the public about collections.

Conservators handle and preserve artifacts and specimens at museums. They may also conduct historical and archaeological research, including documenting findings and treating objects to limit deterioration.

Median Annual Salary

$48,400

Projected Growth Rate

9%

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors create content for books, websites, magazines, advertisements, scripts, and other media. They select a subject and conduct research on the topic before drafting their thoughts, stories, and/or ideas. After creating a draft, many writers and authors work with editors to conduct revisions and create a polished final draft.

Writers and authors often specialize in a type of writing, such as novelists who write fictional books. Playwrights and screenwriters create scripts for plays, movies, and television shows, while copywriters craft advertisements promoting goods and services.

Median Annual Salary

$62,170

Projected Growth Rate

0%

Accreditation for Online Bachelor of History Degrees

Prospective students considering an online history degree should always check a school's accreditation status. Accreditation indicates that a school meets high academic standards. Liberal arts and research institutions generally hold regional accreditation -- considered the best type of accreditation for a history major -- while technical and vocational schools often hold national accreditation.

Accreditation benefits history majors in several ways. For example, only students at accredited schools can receive federal financial aid, and many employers prefer candidates with an accredited degree. Credits earned at an accredited institution are also more likely to transfer to other schools. Additionally, many graduate schools only accept students who hold an accredited undergraduate degree.

Prospective students can check a school's accreditation status through the websites of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

History Professional Associations

History students and graduates can take advantage of professional organizations to support their studies and advance their careers. Many professional organizations offer benefits like professional development, networking, and financial aid opportunities. The following section covers a few top organizations for history majors.

Organization of American Historians

The largest professional society for people who teach and study American history, OAH dates back to 1907. The organization promotes excellence in American history teaching and presentation. Members receive access to the Journal of American History and discounts on Chronicle of Higher Education memberships.

Through OAH's career center, members can post resumes and connect with job opportunities. OAH membership is accessible to U.S. history teachers, public historians, and museum professionals working with American history collections.

American Association for State and Local History

A professional association for history professionals, AASLH offers membership opportunities to museum directors, historical society volunteers, genealogists, archivists, and history teachers. Members can access a searchable library of resources -- including articles and webinars -- and an exclusive job board.

Members also receive access to History News magazine, networking opportunities through affinity communities, and continuing education resources like online courses and workshops.

National Council on Public History

NCPH promotes and encourages collaboration between historians and public audiences. The organization offers professional development opportunities, history education resources, and a quarterly newsletter. Members receive access to The Public Historian journal and an annual conference with networking opportunities.

Museum professionals, public historians, historical consultants, academics, and curators rely on NCPH for its professional advocacy and resources. Students benefit from NCPH's student resources, including a public history employer report and tips for getting a job related to public history.

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