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Military History

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Military History is designed for students seeking greater understanding of military historiography studies in the context of a general liberal arts education. The online bachelor’s program is designed differently than many military history programs because it focuses primarily on armed conflict and how their outcomes shaped civilizations throughout history. This history major also emphasizes critical and analytical thinking, and effective research and writing skills. Graduates with military history degrees can be found in historical preservation careers as curators, archivists, or educators, or in other professions requiring strong communication skills.

Many university faculty members teaching these courses are published historians or military leaders 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 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.


American Military History

Curriculum ranges from Colonial America to the present. Studies the personalities, philosophies, strategies, leadership, and other factors that influenced the U.S. military. Topics focus on military operations, but also cover foreign policy and domestic political, economic, and social components of early America through the Persian Gulf War.

Sample Courses

  • HIST406 - Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • HIST402 - Colonial America
  • HIST403 - The Early Republic, 1783-1815
  • MILH320 - The American Revolution
  • MILH355 - World War I
  • MILH360 - World War II
  • MILH370 - The Korean War
  • MILH371 - The Vietnam War
  • HIST405 - Antebellum America, 1846-1861
  • HIST409 - The United States: WW II to the Present
  • MILH490 - Independent Study: History
  • HIST404 - Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
  • HIST407 - The Gilded Age, 1877-1900
  • HIST408 - The United States: 1900 to Second World War
  • MILH480 - Special Topic: Military History


Examines the philosophies, personalities, strategies, leadership, and other factors that influenced the world. Teaches critical and analytical thinking skills, as well as effective methods of writing and research. Courses cover the history of warfare through the centuries, including the fall of the Roman Empire and the Vietnam War.

Sample Courses

  • HIST308 - History of European Colonialism
  • HIST415 - The Cold War
  • MILH355 - World War I
  • MILH360 - World War II
  • MILH362 - Ancient Military History
  • MILH363 - 17th and 18th Century Military History
  • MILH364 - Medieval Military History
  • MILH365 - The Napoleonic Wars and the Long Peace
  • MILH370 - The Korean War
  • HIST406 - Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • MILH490 - Independent Study: History
  • MILH320 - The American Revolution
  • MILH371 - The Vietnam War
  • MILH480 - Special Topic: Military 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 877-755-2787 or

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

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 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.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.

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 the school and to find a program that’s right for you