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Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in History program is designed for individuals seeking to gain knowledge of past and current events and interested in applying this knowledge to careers in education, government, or nonprofit settings. Read on for more information about this online bachelor's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in History program provides a broad education in American and world history. Program coursework addresses the development of global civilizations, American historical origins and current events, U.S. industrial and political development, historical research methods, and historical writing techniques. Other courses can be selected in specific historical events, such as the American Revolution, the Middle East, American education, the Vietnam War, and European history. A seminar in American race relations is also included. A final research paper or project of the students' choosing provides the opportunity to apply concepts and methods learned throughout the program.

What are the Prerequisites?

While there are no specific academic or professional requirements for potential students of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in History program, you should have strong communication skills and an interest in historical facts and events. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

Once enrolled in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in History program, you will be required to complete a total of 120 credits. This credit total reflects 42 credits in general education courses, 42 credits in major courses, and 35 credits in electives. Requirements include enrollment in eight upper-level content courses, with at least two classes in American history and two in non-American history. Many of the major courses require the successful completion of General Education History Subject Area and English Proficiency.

Introductory Course Requirements

Course Number Course Title
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment

Major Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
HIS 103World Civilizations
HIS 104World Civilizations II
HIS 203American History to 1865
HIS 204American History Since 1865
HIS 303* The American Constitution
HIS 378* Historiography & Historical Methodologies
HIS 306* Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS 310* American Women's History
HIS 331* World War II
HIS 340* Recent American History
HIS 342* The Middle East
HIS 351* Asia in the Age of Decolonization & Globalization
HIS 379* The Atlantic World
HIS 497** History Capstone: Advanced Research Project

Prerequisites: *Successful completion of General Education History Subject and English Proficiency, **GEN 499: General Education Capstone.

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Completion of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in History program could allow you to seek entry-level positions in a variety of professional environments. You could work for libraries, government agencies, state legislative offices, schools, nonprofit organizations, or public interest groups.

Positions you could pursue include:

  • Archivist
  • Social studies teacher
  • Historical society staff member

Advanced Degrees

Graduates interested in management or supervisory positions might enter graduate degree programs following completion of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in History program. A master's degree might be needed for advanced positions such as head librarian, academic department head, or historic site director. Advanced degrees graduates could be eligible to apply for include:

  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Science in Sociology
  • Master of Science in Economics

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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