The events and ideas of the past are the foundation on which society is built, and earning your online Bachelor of Arts in History is the key to understanding the world and preparing for your future. SNHU's program is built on a comprehensive liberal arts education with a focus on the links between ancient civilizations and modern societies. You'll gain the analytical and critical-thinking skills to better communicate and engage with the world at large, while enlarging your perspective on what America was, is and can be.
The online history degree provides an education that builds on the development of critical-thinking skills inherent in a liberal arts education. The program offers a comprehensive look at history and gives you the ability to select from a broad range of electives, tailoring your course of study to fit your interests.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in History online at SNHU include:
The BA in History from SNHU is an excellent stepping stone to graduate studies in education, history, law and related fields, and it prepares graduates for a wide variety of career options where research, analysis and communication skills are valued.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,* professionals with a bachelor's degree in history qualify for entry-level historian positions at museums, historical associations or other small organizations. However, most bachelor's degree holders usually work in business, communications, education, journalism, law or publishing. Potential roles include:
Projections for job growth vary depending on the path you're interested in taking with your degree. For example, those interested in working as a market research analyst could see job growth of up to 23 percent through 2026,* while graduates seeking positions public relations may see an increase of 9 percent.*
Pursuing SNHU’s online history degree ensures you'll receive a broad foundation in U.S. history and western civilization. Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and a passion for history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Students may select six (6) 200 to 400-level History electives
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LIT - Students may select one 200-level Literature elective
LIT - Students may select one 300-level Literature elective
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Elective Credits: 33
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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