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Online History Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

John Roos, who earned his history degree in 2018, wearing his park ranger uniform and hat and holding his framed SNHU degree with a lake and small mountains in the distance behind him.

Cost per credit $330

Total courses 40

Term length 8 weeks

Program Overview Why get a history degree?

When you immerse yourself in history – learning about the past and how it can influence the future – you'll better understand how societies function, helping you become a capable leader and creative problem solver others can rely on.

If you love history and want a degree that can apply to a variety of careers or prepare you to continue on to a master's program, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Southern New Hampshire University can be a great choice.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Knowledge of human societies
  • Ability to think critically
  • Communication techniques
  • Research skills
  • How to analyze different viewpoints
  • An open-minded perspective

John Roos, who earned his BA in History in 2018, wearing a backpack, baseball hat and glasses, showing a small stone to a man and woman.

Courses & Curriculum Online history classes that prepare you for the future

Throughout the bachelor's in history program, you'll develop the enduring skills that today's employers are searching for. Qualities like communication, teamwork, adaptability and conflict resolution are in demand in the workforce – and you'll study firsthand how they've impacted societies over thousands of years. Plus, with 36 credits of free electives, you can choose courses from related fields – like sociology, political science or psychology – to broaden your experience. You'll finish out the program with a capstone course in which you'll develop your own research project.


Online history concentrations

Choosing a concentration allows you to take the fundamental historical tools all history students learn and apply them to the specific area that most interests you.

Study the evolution of the United States in the online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History with a concentration in American History at Southern New Hampshire University. From the struggles for freedom during the American Revolution to the rise of the United States as a world leader in the 20th century, tracing the expansion and growth of the United States provides a compelling perspective on how our nation now fits into the dynamic global environment.

Courses in the program have been arranged both chronologically and thematically, covering topics such as African-American and environmental history.

Throughout your online history degree program, you'll assess the significance of historical periods and themes through an analysis of key events and figures and their connections to historical contexts. You'll also take courses in historical methods, culminating in a senior colloquium and research project.

Career outlook:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals with a bachelor's degree in history may qualify for entry-level historian positions at museums, historical associations or other similar organizations.

However, most bachelor's degree holders usually apply their wide-ranging skillsets to work outside of traditional history jobs, finding positions in business, communications, education, journalism, law or publishing.1

Courses may include:

  • American Environmental History
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Colonial New England
  • United States History Since 1945

Gain an in-depth knowledge of Europe's past with an online Bachelor of Arts in History (BA) with a concentration in European History. From ancient Greece and Rome to Europe's involvement in World War I and World War II, the European history degree online explores the multifaceted changes during the continent's long history. You'll examine history through the prism of religion, politics, warfare and the arts.

In this concentration, you'll come away with a strong knowledge of 20th-century European history, providing you with the ability to understand events both chronologically and thematically. In addition, you'll take courses in historical methods and complete your program with a research project.

Career outlook:

Those with a bachelor's degree in history may qualify for entry-level historian positions at museums, historical associations or other similar organizations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Roles that history majors are attracted to include communications specialist, editor, journalist or researcher.1

Courses may include:

  • The Ancient World of Greece and Rome
  • European Conquest of the New World
  • Modern European History: 1890 – Present
  • World War I and World War II

From the rise of Islam through the Middle East's involvement in a range of regional and international conflicts, this region has long been the subject of attention on the world stage. The online Bachelor of Arts in History (BA) with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies at Southern New Hampshire University explores the religious, political and economic realities of this region throughout history. You'll also examine the Arab-Israeli conflict that emerged after World War II and continues to this day.

Learn how to frame, develop and present ideas and arguments that help you convince, persuade and educate. You can also use your Middle Eastern History course of studies to support your ideas and opinions with sophisticated research skills that employ proven techniques for pinpointing, analyzing and organizing information.

Career outlook:

Graduates of history programs may qualify for entry-level historian positions at museums, historical associations or other similar organizations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Outside of history jobs, graduates often look at careers1 like:

  • Communication specialist
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Researcher

Courses may include:

  • History of the Middle East I & II
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict

Examine how warfare has influenced the development of civilization and culture through our online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History with a concentration in Military History degree program.

Learn how warfare evolved through history by studying:

  • The Civil War and its Reconstruction period
  • The industrial era of World War I
  • Military advances during World War II
  • America's rise as a global power and the Cold War
  • The impact modern warfare has had on non-Western societies

The online military history degree explores events leading up to each of these wars, as well as the social, economic and political aspects of their aftermath.

In this concentration, you'll acquire a valuable understanding of military history by reading, evaluating and discussing events that have significantly influenced society.

If you're in the military, a military history degree can help prepare you for career paths within the armed forces. Nearly 60% of the students in our military history program are military affiliated. Since frequent moves and deployments can be difficult for service members pursuing higher education, Southern New Hampshire University's flexible programs are the ideal option for many students.

The Bachelor of Arts in History degree structure provides the flexibility that service members and veterans may need to finish the degree they started elsewhere. With regular access to the internet, you're able to continue your education, even if you're thousands of miles away from a classroom.

What's more, active-duty military service members and their spouses receive significant discounts from Southern New Hampshire University, along with the dedicated support of advisors with military experience.

Career outlook:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that history majors are often qualified for positions at local museums, historical societies, government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations. They may specialize their skill set to work in a field like collections, fundraising or exhibit design.1

Courses may include:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Modern War & Society
  • World War I, World War II
  • United States History Since 1945

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Online undergraduate programs

Cost per credit
Cost per course
Cost for 120-credit degree*
Full- and part-time students
Active-duty military and spouses | Full- and part-time students**

*before previously earned credits are applied

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

**Note: Students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional costs: Course materials vary by course.

Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

$9,900 $14,850 $19,800 $24,750 $29,700
Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

If 30 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $29,700

If 45 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $24,750

If 60 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $19,800

If 75 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $14,850

If 90 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $9,900

How we estimate your tuition cost:

We look at the cost per credit multiplied by the number of credits you need to earn for a bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degrees require 120 credits. SNHU allows you to transfer in up to 90 credits, requiring a minimum of 30 credits to be taken at SNHU. This is only a tuition estimator, and doesn't account for other fees that may be associated with your program of choice.

Career Outlook What can I do with a history degree?

The BA in History from Southern New Hampshire University is an excellent stepping stone to graduate studies in education, history, law and related fields. It can prepare you for a wide variety of career options where research, analysis and communication skills are valued.


While some of these career paths may require more education or training beyond a bachelor's degree, some popular jobs for history graduates are:

Research, analyze, interpret and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources, in addition to archiving documents and artifacts.

Study consumer preferences and business conditions to help a company understand buyer personas, product needs and price points.

Craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception and increase awareness of a client’s work and goals.

Plan, coordinate and revise material for publication. Review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers.

Update the public on current events and noteworthy information. Report international, national and local news for various media.

Research an organization's agenda and communicate the results to influence legislators’ support of (or opposition to) pending legislation.


Projected job growth for historians though 2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1


The median annual income for historians in 2023, according to the BLS.1

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

What SNHU students are saying

John Roos ’18
John Roos ’18

I've been able to use my degree in history on a daily basis with the National Park Service, whether it's talking about the Civil War or talking about an 800-year-old ancient structure.

John Roos ’18

Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more about an online history degree

Traditionally, a 120-credit bachelor's degree in history takes a full-time student about 4 years to complete.

However, at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), that isn't always the case. Because so many students begin their program with varying amounts of transfer credits, it could take you a shorter amount of time to go from start to finish.

SNHU accepts up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's in history, meaning you could have as few as 10 courses – and as few as 5 terms – to get your degree. And with six 8-week terms per year at SNHU, reaching that goal may be sooner than you think.

A study released by Emsi (now Lightcast) in 2019 comparing career outcomes of different college degrees concluded that social science graduates – which included history graduates in this survey – go into a broad array of jobs, including sales, nonprofits, education, marketing and business analysis. These are areas where "human skills like creativity, mental flexibility, ethics, and compassion are both in high demand and are remarkably resistant to automation." 2

While some of these career paths may require more education or training beyond a bachelor's degree, the most popular roles are:

  • Education, training and library
  • Management: business, science and arts
  • Legal occupations
  • Sales
  • Office and administrative support
  • Business operations
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media
  • Community and social services

Read more about what you can do with a history degree.

Graduates of history programs come away with sought-after soft skills needed across the workforce, like:

  • Communication: The ability to write clearly and speak to others effectively is valuable in any situation.
  • Critical thinking: Approach, analyze and evaluate problems logically.
  • Research: Locate, assemble and analyze information to drive decisions.

Many people who earn a Bachelor of Arts in History go on to graduate school, which may open up more doors in your career.

Our career services team  is also on hand to help you connect with companies interested in hiring someone with your skill set. We partner with organizations nationwide specifically to get your foot in the door. You can work with a career advisor as soon as you become a student at Southern New Hampshire University, which can help you get ahead once you complete your degree.

If you love history, you may want to consider studying it at the university level. By immersing yourself in history, you can better understand why the world is the way it is. Develop a fuller understanding of disagreements that led to war, cultural and religious differences that have both divided and united populations, and movements that have fought for the rights of minorities, women and other underrepresented communities all over the world.

That particular insight can help you become a leader who's capable of making decisions that take all factors into consideration. When you're more aware of what's happening around you and can absorb the information in a thoughtful manner, you become a creative problem solver that others can rely on.

Glassdoor lists some of the most common entry-level jobs for history majors as:3

  • Archivist
  • Assistant curator
  • Assistant prospect researcher
  • Editor
  • Entry-level grant writer
  • Fund development assistant
  • History teacher
  • Paralegal
  • Social media marketing coordinator
  • Writer

While some of these positions, such as history teacher, may require additional education or training, earning your history degree at Southern New Hampshire University gives you the opportunity to develop a strong set of diverse skills, valuable across all industries.

History is important because it helps us better understand what it means to be human. History is the biography of the world: It informs us about decisions that have been made, and it helps us have a better idea about what's to come.

Robert Denning with the text Robert Denning"History is the story of change over time. It also demonstrates that human nature has remained fairly constant," said Dr. Robert Denning, associate dean of history at SNHU. "History demonstrates that circumstances and technologies change, but humans still want the same things that they wanted in previous civilizations: wealth, security, happiness, power, spiritual and social fulfillment, etc."

Read more about why history is important.


Online courses can be extremely beneficial for a busy student. They can often be more cost-effective than traditional campus classes. Plus, they offer flexibility, allowing you to complete them at a pace that works for your schedule.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has been offering courses online for more than 25 years, which means we offer the kind of high-quality learning experiences and support you need to succeed. SNHU’s online programs, like the BA in History degree, use a platform with 24/7 login access and no live lectures, so you have the ability to decide for yourself when it's ideal to learn the material. Online students are also provided with a dedicated academic advisor as their main point of contact from start to finish. This way, you can rest assured that you can be a student online without ever feeling alone.

Despite the history degree being taught online, there are still plenty of chances for real-world, hands-on experience through internships and experiential learning opportunities.

"My breakthrough moment was when SNHU Career Services told me to go for an internship,” says graduate John Roos ’18. “Within about 2 weeks, I was volunteering and getting ready to give tours."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics describes a historian’s role as research, analysis, interpretation and writing about the past by studying historical documents and sources. Although most historian positions require a master’s degree, candidates with a bachelor’s degree may qualify for some entry-level positions.1

Additionally, historians typically do the following:

  • Gather historical data from various sources, including archives, books and artifacts
  • Analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance
  • Trace historical developments in a particular field
  • Engage with the public through educational programs and presentations
  • Archive or preserve materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers and historic sites
  • Provide advice or guidance on historical topics and preservation issues
  • Write reports, articles and books on findings and theories

Some of the typical work environments for historians are museums, archives, historical societies and research organizations. Some act as consultants for these organizations while being employed by consulting firms, and some work as independent consultants.1

Again, it's important to note that most historian roles require advanced education beyond a bachelor's degree. Southern New Hampshire University offers a Master of Arts in History for those interested in advancing their careers to this level.

Sources & Citations

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at (viewed April 24, 2024).

Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

2 Lightcast, Degrees at Work, on the internet, at (viewed April 24, 2024).

3 Glassdoor, The Best Jobs and Career Advice for History Majors, on the internet, at (viewed April 24, 2024).