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History students

Bachelor of Arts in

Program Summary

The course work in this online bachelor's degree program can help history students build a strong foundation in source analysis, research, writing, and presentation as they explore human activity and capability through the lens of history.
How To Apply
Apply by October 31 to start January 9

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

123 Credits $620/$664 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Earn a Bachelor's Degree in History Online

History offers a compelling vision of human activity and capability and a unique analytical perspective on the world in a comprehensive context that social science disciplines can seldom match. To understand history, you must gain a deep knowledge of culture, religion, art, politics, and war.

As a student majoring in history, you can build the strong foundation needed to succeed in today's competitive job market and workplace. You can learn how to conceptualize an issue, research it, weigh evidence, make conclusions, and present your work in a compelling and coherent fashion. As a graduate of this program, you may find yourself with a long-term advantage in a professional landscape that requires a number of job and career shifts.

History Majors Gain Contemporary Skills by Analyzing the Past

Students in this program can develop skills in writing, reading, primary and secondary source analysis, chronological reasoning, and understanding complex causality. These skills are essential to both professional and managerial positions in nearly every field of study and practice, and also serve as the basis for history and many other graduate degrees. 

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty in the Department of History within Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

When you complete this degree, you should be able to: 

  • apply a critical lens to the study of the past, understanding that history is not simply an account of what happened, but the result of a process of interpretation 
  • analyze the complex causality of events from the past, articulating the how and why of these events
  • make sense of the past by tracking patterns of change and continuity over time.
  • create evidence-based historical arguments
  • analyze the written work of others and collaborate with peers to analyze and understand historical contexts and content
  • employ digital technologies in the solving of writing, reading, and source analysis problems

What Can I Do With a History Degree? 

  • Education — primary and secondary teaching, higher education
  • Business — management, sales, human resources, public relations
  • Media — editing, reporting, news
  • Law — public and private defense, prosecution, government
  • Local and state government — city or town management, community services, law enforcement

National History Honor Society - Phi Alpha Theta 

Penn State sponsors the Epilon-Upsilon chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta national honor society in history. Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of History through the encouragement of good teaching, research, and the exchange of learning among historians.  It seeks to bring students and faculty together both intellectually and socially through their common interest in History.

Undergraduates qualify for Phi Alpha Theta by completing 4 History courses and earning at least a 3.1 GPA in History courses and a 3.0 GPA overall.  A student does not have to be a History major to become a member. Learn More about joining Phi Alpha Theta.

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