Online Bachelor’s in History Program Guide

Bring your curiosity. Graduate with experience and insight.

History is always relevant — everywhere.  When you earn your Maryville University online bachelor’s in history you can leverage your natural curiosity to discover limitless educational and professional opportunities.

Our flexible program lets you tailor your degree to fit your ambitions. Whether you want to pursue postgraduatestudy or work in any number of professional fields — public history, law, politics, government, internationalrelations, communications, tech, and business, just to name a few — our program is designed to give you thepractical knowledge and contextual understanding to pursue your next step.

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At a glance

Apply with no application fee or entrance exam requirements.

Access 100% online coursework that prepares you to develop broad historical and multicultural insights.

Complete a local history seminar in your community and gain practical experience through a professional internship.

Use your history portfolio project to prepare to join your desired field or complete your graduate school application.


Maryville’s online Bachelor of Arts in History comprises 128 credit hours and includes coursework in general education, general elective requirements, and the history major. Learn to take a critical approach to information through courses in world history, foreign policy, American government, and your choice from a wide range of multicultural studies.

Required History Major Courses

History survey courses — take both of the following:

  • HIST 131 World History to 1500
  • HIST 132 World History since 1500

History survey courses — choose one of the following:

  • HIST 110 Women in American History
  • HIST 121 American History to 1877
  • HIST 122 American History since 1877
  • PSCI 101 American Government

History Experiential Courses

Choose 5 additional history courses covering various themes as identified in the catalog.

  • HIST 200 Historical Methods
  • HIST 300 Local History Seminar
  • HIST 399 Internship
  • HIST 490 History Portfolio Project

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry demands.

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Admission requirements

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  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GPA for freshman applicants: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Minimum GPA for college or university transfer applicants: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended

Transfer credit policy

  • Official high school transcript (required for applicants with fewer than 60 transfer hours from a regionally accredited school)
  • Eligible transfer credits accepted; associate degree completion may satisfy general education requirements
  • No standardized tests required

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission.

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Why Maryville Online?

We’ve been progressively challenging the norms of higher education for nearly 150 years. We started as one of the first universities to educate women. Today, we continue to push the boundaries and prepare students like you for a digital world. At Maryville, we understand what it takes to step beyond your comfort zone.

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success — both online and on campus. We’re located just 22 miles from downtown St. Louis.

Enhance your skills. Broaden your career.

Top 5 skills you can develop:

  • Research and analysis
  • Discussion and debate
  • Networking and collaboration
  • Knowledge of the past to inform the future
  • Deep understanding of cultural and historical context

Top 5 careers you can pursue:

  • Government historian
  • Museum curator
  • Journalist
  • Archivist
  • Records manager

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