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Online History Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

Earn Your Online History Degree

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • Valuable research skills
  • Flexible curriculum
  • 24/7 online access to the classroom

Online History Degree Program Overview

The events and ideas of the past are the foundation on which society is built – and earning your online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History is the key to understanding the world and preparing for your future.

SNHU's program is built on a comprehensive education with a focus on the connections between ancient civilizations and modern societies. You may have the option to customize your own course of study, incorporating coursework covering a wide span of human history. Because our program offers the flexibility to adapt to your interests, you also could organize your degree around a specific historical theme such as religion, African-American history or politics. A final capstone research seminar allows you to bring together all that you've learned.

You'll also have internship and experiential learning opportunities, giving you the chance to develop real-world knowledge and prepare for the job market.

"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 or even just talking about boating safety here at my current park," said John Roos '18, who landed his dream job as a park service ranger through earning his degree at SNHU. "That flat hat, that badge, it's everything that I wanted."

Learn how to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human societies
  • Use critical-thinking skills
  • Communicate clearly
  • Develop research skills
  • Analyze viewpoints with an open-minded perspective

As a history major, you have the option to pursue one of our 4 concentrations: American history, European history, Middle Eastern history and military history. Choosing a concentration allows you to take the fundamental historical tools all history students learn and apply them to different historical subjects. You can also decide to select your own concentration courses from a wide range of historical periods.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

John Roos with text John RoosThe BA in History from SNHU 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.

The SNHU Career team also can help you consider your internship and career options.

"My breakthrough moment was when SNHU Career Services told me to go for an internship. Within about 2 weeks, I was volunteering and getting ready to give tours," said John Roos '18, referring to how he got his foot in the door in the field before landing his dream job as a park service ranger in Utah.

Elizabeth Gitschier wearing a cap and gown with the text Elizabeth GitschierFor Elizabeth Gitschier ’19, an internship with the Northborough (Mass.) Historical Society opened her eyes to new possibilities. "When I started my degree I was not confident about what my interests were after graduation," Gitschier said. "Now, since I was able to get my feet wet, I have an idea of the careers I would like to get into." Her ultimate goal is to earn her master’s degree and become an archeologist.

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 related organizations.1 However, most bachelor's degree holders usually work in business, communications, education, journalism, law or publishing. Potential roles include:

  • Analyst
  • Campaign worker
  • Communications specialist
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Researcher

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 22% through 2030, while graduates seeking positions as public relations specialists may see an increase of 11% in that same time period.1 If you'd like to pursue a career as an historian, you'll likely need to continue on to a master's degree.1 That said, this path could open the door to above average earning potential. BLS reported that historians made a median annual wage in 2021 of $63,940, with the top 10% earning more than $118,380.1

Many people who graduate with a BA in History go on to earn their master's in history online or on campus. In fact, according to the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half of history majors continue on to graduate school.3

Start Your Journey Toward an Online History Degree

Courses & Curriculum

Pursuing SNHU's online history degree means 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.

Dr. Steven Shirley with text Dr. Steven Shirley"I try to make the courses real for the students. It has to be real for them to care," said Dr. Steven Shirley, world history and civilizations instructor at SNHU. "We talk about globalization in the abstract all day long, but I like to talk to them about how it really is affecting their lives – for example, outsourcing to India – to appreciate what we are covering. If we just took out a textbook and there is no real connection to daily life, it has no impact and doesn't matter."

Throughout the bachelor's in history program, you'll develop the soft skills that today's employers are searching for. Qualities like communication, teamwork, adaptability and conflict resolution are in demand in the workforce – and they're skills you'll study as you see how they've been handled over hundreds and thousands of years.

Because our BA in History program has 36 credits of free electives, you have options. It's a benefit that's especially attractive to transfer students, who may need the space for previously earned credits. Or, you could use this elective space to broaden your experience with courses from related fields, like sociology, political science or psychology. You could also add a minor in areas like Art History, Graphic Design, Professional Writing or many more.

Our online history degree culminates in a capstone course, which allows you to develop your own research project.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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