BA History Degree Online

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Study the Past to Prepare for the Future – Earn Your History Degree Online

The events and ideas of the past are the foundation on which society is built upon - earning your History degree online is the key to understanding the world and preparing for your future. In the online BA History program at SNHU, you will gain a comprehensive liberal arts education with a focus on an understanding of the links between ancient civilizations and modern societies. The analytical and critical-thinking skills you learn from the BA History program will prepare you to better communicate and engage with the world at large.

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History Degree Online Program Focus

The History degree online provides an education that builds on the development of critical-thinking skills inherent in a liberal arts education. This is a comprehensive look at history, and offers students the ability to select from a broad range of electives, tailoring their course of study to fit their interests.

Students in the online BA History program can also focus their studies with a concentration that matches their interests. Students can choose from the following concentrations:

  • American History
  • European History
  • Military History
  • Middle Eastern Studies

Why a History Degree Online at SNHU?

As a private, nonprofit accredited university, SNHU focuses on ensuring you obtain the skills you need to succeed. Whether you enroll in the History degree online or in the BA History program at any of our five regional campuses, you will benefit from an SNHU education:

  • High-quality instruction from our History faculty.
  • Quality education at one of the most affordable tuition rates available.
  • Choose how you want to learn; online, campus-based or a combination of both.
  • Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • A traditional university with over 80 years of success in New England.
  • Students in our History degree online program have 24/7/365 access to class - attend when it is most convenient for you.

BA History Opportunities

The BA History degree from SNHU is an excellent stepping stone to graduate studies in education, history, law and related fields and prepares graduates for a wide variety of career options, such as teaching and research.

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Transfer of Credit

If you're a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Bachelors of Arts Degree in History Online

Pursuing SNHU’s History degree online or through one of our campuses ensures receiving a broad foundation in United States history and Western civilization.

Required Core Courses

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.

Select One of the Following:

LIT ELE - Students may select one 200-level Literature elective
LIT ELE - Students may select one 300-level Literature elective

Select One of the Following:

FAS-201: Introduction to Humanities I
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
FAS-202: Introduction to Humanities II
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.
FAS-370: American Art
This is a course will introduce students to the unique artistic tradition of the United States from Colonial times to World War II. In addition to studying masterworks by the likes of Copley, Cole, Church, Homer, Sargent, and Hopper, students will engage with issues such as the construction of an American identity, the role of the fine arts in American society, and the tensions of class, gender, race, and ethnicity in American art. As such the course will function as a vibrant retelling of American history as revealed in its visual production.
MUS-223: Appreciation and History of Music
This course introduces students to the scope and history of Western art music, with emphasis on music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. It provides vocabulary, concepts and aural skills that allow listeners to hear with greater discernment and appreciation. Topics include composers, styles, instrumentation, form, texture and cultural contexts.

History (BA) Online Major Courses

HIS-113: United States History I: 1607-1865
The first half of the United States history survey courses covers the period from the founding of Jamestown to the end of the Civil War. The development of regionalism and its effect on the coming of the Civil War provides the framework for the investigation. Required for majors in history and social studies education with a concentration in history.
HIS-114: United States History II: 1865-Present
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
HIS-117: World Civilizations, Prehistory to 1500
An introductory survey of the world's major civilizations from prehistory to 1500. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
HIS-118: World Civilizations, 1500 to Present
An introductory survey of major civilizations from 1500 to the present, with particular emphasis on interactions and conflicts between Western and non-Western parts of the world. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
HIS-340: Making History
This course is founded upon a fundamental yet complex question; what is history? The course investigates this question by examining the various kinds of history; witnessing the myriad ways of communicating historical stories and arguments ? ranging from the scholarly monograph to the town square statue to the museum exhibit; and learning how historians of all types actually make history through close, rational analysis of historical sources. In the process students will learn that history is an ever-evolving craft, central to the life of every society.
HIS-460: History Research Seminar
This capstone course requires each student to design and craft his/her own written research project. In close consultation with the instructor, each student will select a topic, discover relevant primary and secondary sources, evaluate and analyze those sources, and develop an argument-based paper as a result of that process.(Class limit: 15 students)

HIS ELE - Students may select six (6) 200 to 400-level History electives

Free Elective Credits: 30

Total Credits: 120

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