Online Graduate Certificate in American History
Since 1776, when forged from a bloody revolution, few countries have captured the imagination quite like the sweeping story of the United States of America and its profound history that formed its standing as a superpower in the world today. Our University offers scholars, historians, educators, working professionals, and enthusiasts the opportunity to pursue a Graduate Certificate in American History entirely online. This flagship degree explores the historical context of British and Colonial American politics and constitutional philosophies. The curriculum goes beyond just facts and dates by investigating the cultural norms, socioeconomics, religious paradigms, and the foreign and domestic political upheaval that incited the American Revolution.
Students learn about the political and economic disunion that catalyzed the South’s secession from the Union and the resulting Civil War. They also explore the aftermath and changes in society such as industrialization, immigration, urbanization, and isolation. From World War I to the Great Depression and World War II, students research and discuss the global and domestic factors that set the stage for cultural, social, and political transformation and the military and economic expansion of modern day Americana. In addition, the program closely emphasizes judicial interpretation of the U.S. Constitution as well as the history of popular culture.
At our University, students interact with scholar-practitioners. Many of the instructors are respected historians and published experts in specific eras of American History including the Civil War. Each instructor shares a deep passion for continuing to research and unfold the rich, complex, and fascinating chronicles of American History.
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Program Completion Rates, Median Debt, and More
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|2012-2013 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||1 year|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||33%|
|Tuition & Fees as of September 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2012-2013 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|Technology fee2||$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies4||$486.88|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 89% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 Cost for books and supplies is based on an average for the courses within this degree program. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
5 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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