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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 education with a focus on the links between ancient civilizations and modern societies. You may have the option to design your own course of study, incorporating coursework covering a wide span of human history. 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. Our program offers the flexibility to adapt to your interests.
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."
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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 choose your own concentration courses from a wide range of historical periods.
Study the evolution of the United States in the online Bachelor of Arts 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 U.S. provides a compelling perspective on how our nation now fits into the dynamic global environment.
Courses in the program have been arranged chronologically and thematically, with courses 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.
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 small organizations.
However, most bachelor's degree holders usually work outside of traditional history jobs, finding positions in business, communications, education, journalism, law or publishing.2
Courses may include:
Gain an in-depth knowledge of Europe's past with an online Bachelor of Arts in History 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 that 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 strong knowledge of 20th-century European history, 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.
Those with a bachelor's degree in history may qualify for entry-level historian positions at museums, historical associations or other small organizations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Roles that history majors are attracted to include communications specialist, editor, journalist or researcher.2
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 with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies at SNHU 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.
Learn how to develop, craft 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.
Graduates of history programs may qualify for entry-level historian positions at museums, historical associations or other small organizations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Outside of history jobs, graduates often look at careers2 like:
Examine how warfare has influenced the development of civilization and culture through our online Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Military History degree program.
Learn how warfare evolved through history by studying:
The online military history degree explores events leading up to each of these wars, as well as the social, economic and political effects of their aftermath.
In this military history degree concentration, you'll acquire a valuable understanding of military history by reading, evaluating and discussing events that have influenced society.
If you're in the military, a military history degree can help prepare you for career paths within the armed forces. Over 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, SNHU's flexible programs are the ideal option for many students.
The BA 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 SNHU, along with the dedicated support of advisors with military experience.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that history majors are often qualified for positions at local museums, historical societies, government agencies, or nonprofit and other organizations. They may specialize their skill set to work in a field like collections, fundraising or exhibit design.2
The BA in History from SNHU is an excellent steppingstone 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.
For Elizabeth Gitschier ’19, an internship with the Northborough (Mass.) Historical Society opened her eyes to 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 small organizations.2 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 20% through 2028, while graduates seeking positions as public relations specialists may see an increase of 6% in that same time period.2
Many people who graduate with a BA in History go on to earn their master's degree in history. 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
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
As an Southern New Hampshire University student, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 peers, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
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.
"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 desperate 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.
Our online history degree culminates in a capstone course, which allows you to develop your own research project.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
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% 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)
Traditionally, a 120-credit bachelor's degree in history takes a student about 4 years to complete.
However, at SNHU, that isn't always the case. Because so many students here begin their program with varying amounts of transfer credits, it could take you a shorter amount of time to go from start to completion.
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.
According to the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, history graduates are employed across a variety of industries.
While some of these career paths may require more education or training beyond a bachelor's degree, the most popular roles, in order, are3:
A study released by Emsi 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." 4
In particular, graduates of history programs come away with sought-after soft skills needed across the workforce, like:
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 SNHU, which can help you get ahead once you complete your degree.
If you love history – learning about what has happened in the past and how it can influence the future – 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 account. 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 as5:
While some of these positions may require additional education or training, earning your history degree at SNHU gives you the opportunity to develop a strong set of soft 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.
"History is the story of change over time. It also demonstrates that human nature has remained fairly constant," said 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.
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.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
3 Perspectives on History, History is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data, on the internet, at https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/april-2017/history-is-not-a-useless-major-fighting-myths-with-data (viewed Nov. 15, 2019).
4 Emsi, Degrees at Work, on the internet, at https://www.economicmodeling.com/2019/07/30/degrees-at-work/ (viewed Nov. 26, 2019).
5 Glassdoor, The Best Jobs and Career Advice for History Majors, on the internet, at https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/guide/jobs-history-majors/ (visited Nov. 20, 2019).