Strengthen your research and writing skills; learn to think critically; and prepare for a future in politics, law, journalism, or education by pursuing a bachelor's degree in history.

Like other liberal arts degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in history from University of Maryland Global Campus offers a solid base of critical thinking on which to build a career or further graduate study.

As one of the very first schools to offer an online degree program in history, UMGC brings you nearly two decades of experience in teaching history in an online environment. Plus, if you're based in the Washington, D.C., area, you'll have myriad opportunities to find internships and part-time and full-time jobs in the field at public and federal institutions. Our alumni have gone on to work for such agencies as the National Archives and the National Park Service.

This program is also available as a minor.

Students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching by 12 credits.

About the History Bachelor's Degree

In the history curriculum, you can study a range of historical eras and geographical areas, including China, the Middle East, wartime Europe, and the United States. You'll also dig into research and writing, learning how to lay the groundwork for and eventually complete a substantial original historical research project suitable for presentation or publication.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Research, interpret, and present historical knowledge
  • Write and speak clearly and appropriately about historical information for diverse audiences
  • Engage in history as a moral and ethical practice, recognizing a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Apply historical precedents to contemporary life and develop self-reflection
  • Achieve a deep understanding of the different peoples, events, and cultures that have shaped human civilization

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Interpret current events and ideas in a historical context
  • Focus on the ways in which race, class, ethnicity, and gender have shaped the varied experiences of U.S. citizens
  • Examine the art, religion, and literature of civilizations of various time periods and locations
  • Study World War II and other major conflicts from a variety of perspectives
  • Research, write about, and present the results of a project on a chosen topic

History Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • HIST 115 or HIST 141
  • HIST 116 or HIST 142
  • HIST 156
  • HIST 157
  • HIST 289
  • HIST 309
  • HIST 495
  • Upper-level HIST courses (12 credits): Focused study in either U.S. history or world history recommended; see Degree Focus tab

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

U.S. History Focus

  • HIST 316L
  • HIST 365
  • HIST 377
  • HIST 461

World History Focus

  • HIST 326
  • HIST 337
  • HIST 392
  • HIST 480

Electives

This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework. We recommend EDTP 500 and EDTP 535 if you are qualified to take those courses and are planning to enter the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Note the prerequisites for these courses and contact an advisor before registering.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a future in politics, law, journalism, or education. It is appropriate for you if you have an interest in teaching history or social studies; working in public history archives, historic sites, museums, and galleries; or pursuing graduate-level study in history or law and public policy.