History

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in History degree program offers fascinating insight into the pivotal events and people that influenced modern civilization, and covers historical periods across a global perspective. This online degree provides a basic historical education which can be used as a stepping-stone in fields where historical knowledge is beneficial to career advancement. Graduates with a history degree are found in education, or local, state, or national museums as a curator, guide, archivist, or consultant. You may also apply this degree toward the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in History or related bachelor’s degree.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • World history and cultures
  • American architecture
  • American visual arts and their influences
  • Art from ancient to modern eras
  • Research, writing, and analytical skills
  • U.S. political, economic, and social development
  • Western European civilization
  • African-American culture, society, laws, and policies
  • The history and culture of various ethnic groups
  • Middle Eastern culture, society, economy, and religions

Many university faculty members teaching these courses are published historians who bring unique perspectives and relevant research into the classroom. You’ll also connect and interact online with other students who share your enthusiasm for history. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Identify major historical developments and be able to examine the past from diverse perspectives.
  • Apply historical reason to the study of the past and think in terms of causation, context, chronology, change, and continuity.
  • Implement historical method through posing questions and conducting research analyzing evidence and articulating defensible conclusions.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.