Online BA in History Curriculum

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When you earn your history degree, you get the chance to build a fuller understanding of where we came from as a species, how our cultures developed, and how we got where we are. You also have the opportunity to build in-demand career skills like research, analysis, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and contextualization.

When you earn your online bachelor’s degree, you can prepare yourself to enter the workforce with skills that employers respect and value. These abilities are helpful to those who are pursuing careers in fields such as journalism, politics, education, law, government, libraries and museums, nonprofits, and more.

Maryville University Online BA in History Curriculum

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.

Survey Courses

HIST 131World History to 15003 Credits
HIST 132World History since 15003 Credits
HIST 103American Foreign Policy since WWII3 Credits
HIST 121American History to 18773 Credits
HIST 122American History since 18773 Credits
HIST 110Women in American History3 Credits
PSCI 101American Government3 Credits

Experiential Courses

HIST 200Historical Methods3 Credits
HIST 300Local History Seminar3 Credits
HIST 399Internship3 Credits
HIST 490History Portfolio Project3 Credits

History Electives

HIST 350The History of Western Medicine from Plague to Penicillin3 Credits
HIST 371The Crescent & The Globe: Histories of Islam & The Middle East3 Credits
HIST 372From Samurai to Siam Qian: East Asian Peoples, Politics, & Cultures3 Credits
HIST 374Conquest, Resistance, Independence: Latin America History, Politics, and Cultures3 Credits
HIST 388Czars, Communists, and the Cold War: Understanding the Russian Enigma3 Credits
HIST 370Stonewall to the Supreme Court - LGBTQ+ Histories in America3 Credits

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

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What skills and competencies are associated with a B.A. in History?

A bachelor’s degree in history can equip you with a wide range of skills that are applicable to a number of fields. Some examples include:

  • Deep understanding of cultural and historical context. When you earn your online history degree, you can learn about a wide variety of cultures throughout the United States and around the world. The ability to cultivate an empathetic, culturally aware perspective is invaluable to many employers, especially as our society grows more and more global and connected.
  • Networking and collaboration. Both written and oral communication skills are applicable to a number of different career paths. As a history major, you’ll have the chance to practice both throughout your degree program. These skills are particularly useful if you want to pursue a career where you’re in constant communication with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Research and analysis. By conducting research into past events and their consequences, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to find information, examine sources for accuracy, and synthesize your findings in a way that allows you to draw relevant conclusions. The critical thinking skills typically exercised in a history curriculum are valuable in many contexts, and are applicable to a broad range of fields, from academia to business.
  • Knowledge of the past to inform the future. Throughout your coursework as a history student, you can learn to recognize significant events, political structures, and recurring patterns. This knowledge can help you make well-informed hypotheses and give contextual analysis about trends and forecasts. This is valuable in a variety of roles, and it can lead to better decision-making for your business or organization.
  • Discussion and debate. When you earn your bachelor’s degree in history, you can build skills in persuasive communication techniques. Learn to express your ideas clearly and with supporting evidence. This set of skills is especially valuable if you want to pursue a career in any field that requires logic, debate, and persuasive argument. Such fields include marketing, politics, education, journalism, and more.

What history courses can I expect when pursuing my online bachelor’s degree?

History programs vary in their precise content from university to university, but they tend to cover similar topics universally.

At Maryville University, we designed our online degree program to cover a standard set of fundamental concepts important to the field, as well as a number of more nuanced subjects. Some examples of our core classes include:

  • World History. Covering a broad range of civilizations, movements, events, and ideas, our world history course aims to provide you with an understanding of the major events that have impacted humanity around the world.
  • American History. Explore events specific to the development and growth of the United States. These include major conflicts such as the American Revolution and Civil War, important events and eras like the roaring 20s and the Great Depression, and concepts that helped shape American culture over time, such as Southern Reconstruction and Industrialism.
  • American Foreign Policy Since World War II. World War II was an important turning point in world history, so we devote coursework in our history curriculum to discussing its formidable impact. In this course, you can study how Americans saw themselves on the global stage at the time, how world leaders forged laws and alliances during the war, and how American culture evolved from the post-war era to the present.
  • Historical Methods and Digital Humanities. An in-depth look at the role of a historian in the modern world, this course provides you the chance to build your understanding of research methods, persuasive writing techniques, historical interpretation, and the general approaches and values shared by historians today. This course also features an individual research project intended to help you build a portfolio that you can use during your job search after you graduate.

Learn more about pursuing your online bachelor’s degree in history.

At Maryville, we designed our online bachelor’s in history curriculum to help prepare you to enter the workforce as a capable researcher, logical thinker, and effective communicator. Here, you can take courses that can help you develop skills that are applicable across a wide array of careers and industries.

Want to learn more about how you can turn your love of history into a rewarding career? Check out our online Bachelor of Arts in History program page, and see how you can start working toward your goals.