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History

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in History degree explores history's fascinating events, people, and cultures that determined the course of modern civilization. Whether you’re interested in the Antiquities, Western Civilization, Colonial or American History, the Civil War, World War II, the Cold War, Middle East history, or an analysis of Iran, this dynamic history program offers compelling choices. This bachelor’s program emphasizes critical and analytical thinking, and effective research and writing skills. Graduates with history degrees can be found as curators, archivists, educators, or in professions involving research, writing, editing, advocacy, politics, or historical preservation.

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.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. 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:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key historical facts, values, and ideas that have shaped civilizations throughout history.
  • Analyze primary sources in their historical context.
  • Analyze secondary sources and identify various approaches to historical interpretation through critical reading.
  • Evaluate historical arguments based on primary sources and the historical method.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct independent historical research in primary and secondary sources and complete a major research paper.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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American History

Covers the United States from the Colonial period through today. Examines the philosophies, personalities, strategies, leadership, and other factors that influenced America. Topics cover foreign policy and military operations, as well as the domestic political, economic, and social components of the U.S.

Sample Courses

  • HIST406 - Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • HIST409 - The United States: WW II to the Present
  • HIST402 - Colonial America
  • HIST403 - The Early Republic, 1783-1815
  • HIST404 - Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
  • HIST407 - The Gilded Age, 1877-1900
  • HIST408 - The United States: 1900 to Second World War
  • MILH320 - The American Revolution
  • MILH360 - World War II
  • HIST405 - Antebellum America, 1846-1861
  • HIST290 - History of the Holocaust
  • HIST490 - Independent Study: History
  • HIST301 - Ancient Greece
  • HIST302 - Ancient Rome
  • HIST303 - The Middle Ages
  • HIST305 - France in the Age of Enlightenment
  • HIST306 - The British Empire
  • HIST308 - History of European Colonialism
  • HIST310 - History of Modern Europe
  • HIST320 - History of Russia
  • HIST340 - History of Africa
  • HIST350 - History of the Middle East
  • HIST370 - Asia and the Modern World
  • MILH355 - World War I
  • HIST480 - Special Topic: History
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European History

Examines developments that happened in Europe dating back to ancient Greece. Covers the political, philosophical, scientific, and social changes that laid the foundation for early Europe to key developments that led to the major European wars of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sample Courses

  • HIST301 - Ancient Greece
  • HIST302 - Ancient Rome
  • HIST303 - The Middle Ages
  • HIST304 - The Renaissance
  • HIST305 - France in the Age of Enlightenment
  • HIST306 - The British Empire
  • HIST307 - The Age of Dictators: Europe 1914-1945
  • HIST308 - History of European Colonialism
  • HIST310 - History of Modern Europe
  • HIST340 - History of Africa
  • MILH365 - The Napoleonic Wars and the Long Peace
  • HIST406 - Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • HIST409 - The United States: WW II to the Present
  • HIST490 - Independent Study: History
  • HIST350 - History of the Middle East
  • HIST360 - History of Latin America
  • HIST402 - Colonial America
  • HIST403 - The Early Republic, 1783-1815
  • HIST404 - Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
  • HIST407 - The Gilded Age, 1877-1900
  • HIST408 - The United States: 1900 to Second World War
  • HIST415 - The Cold War
  • MILH355 - World War I
  • MILH360 - World War II
  • MILH411 - Diplomacy and War I
  • HIST405 - Antebellum America, 1846-1861
  • MILH412 - Diplomacy and War II
  • HIST480 - Special Topic: History
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered in this program, including philosophies, personalities, strategies, leadership, and historical factors and figures.

Sample Courses

  • HIST406 - Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • HIST409 - The United States: WW II to the Present
  • HIST301 - Ancient Greece
  • HIST302 - Ancient Rome
  • HIST310 - History of Modern Europe
  • HIST350 - History of the Middle East
  • HIST402 - Colonial America
  • HIST403 - The Early Republic, 1783-1815
  • HIST408 - The United States: 1900 to Second World War
  • HIST230 - History of East Asia
  • HIST290 - History of the Holocaust
  • HIST490 - Independent Study: History
  • HIST303 - The Middle Ages
  • HIST304 - The Renaissance
  • HIST305 - France in the Age of Enlightenment
  • HIST306 - The British Empire
  • HIST307 - The Age of Dictators: Europe 1914-1945
  • HIST308 - History of European Colonialism
  • HIST320 - History of Russia
  • HIST340 - History of Africa
  • HIST360 - History of Latin America
  • HIST480 - Special Topic: History
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Global History

Examines world-wide major events, personalities, and accomplishments from pre-history to today. Looks at the political, philosophical, scientific, and social changes that shaped the history of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the New World.

Sample Courses

  • HIST301 - Ancient Greece
  • HIST306 - The British Empire
  • HIST308 - History of European Colonialism
  • HIST310 - History of Modern Europe
  • HIST320 - History of Russia
  • HIST340 - History of Africa
  • HIST360 - History of Latin America
  • MILH355 - World War I
  • MILH360 - World War II
  • HIST230 - History of East Asia
  • HIST350 - History of the Middle East
  • HIST409 - The United States: WW II to the Present
  • HIST490 - Independent Study: History
  • HIST302 - Ancient Rome
  • HIST408 - The United States: 1900 to Second World War
  • IRLS392 - Globalization and the Market Economy
  • HIST480 - Special Topic: History

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU 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 APU admissions 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, APU offers 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

APU 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.

School of Arts & Humanities


School of Arts & Humanities

This program resides in the American Public University School of Arts & Humanities which provides the traditional nuts and bolts programs that can help you acquire the innovative thinking, flexibility, and problem solving abilities that employers value. In fact, our general studies and psychology programs in the School of Arts & Humanities rank in the top-10 most popular programs at APU.

While many college students today choose a direct education path that leads to in-demand careers in science and technology, a solid undergraduate liberal arts education can provide you with a strong foundation to pursue post-graduate programs in a variety of areas. "In my conversations with industry advisory councils, employers emphasize that while they can train new hires in processes and content, they can’t train what the humanities teach, which is effective written and oral communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and professionalism," states School of Arts & Humanities Dean Grace Glass.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.  

We encourage you to browse the School of Arts & Humanities webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you