Best Online Bachelor’s in History

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in history degree programs for students wanting to work for historical societies, schools, government agencies, libraries, and nonprofit organizations. They can also use their degree to apply for law school or to pursue a master’s degree.

Best Online Bachelor’s in History
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Frequently Asked Questions About History Degrees

A bachelor’s degree in history gives students a comprehensive education of the past and a contextual understanding of the present.

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Students can study either online or on campus and can choose from various concentrations, such as African history, Asian history, Eastern European history, European history, Latin American history, and United States history.

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On average, an undergraduate degree in history requires 120 credits, which typically takes about four to five years to complete.

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While some students use their degree to apply for law school or to pursue a master’s degree, many history graduates go on to work for historical societies, schools, government agencies, libraries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Learn more about how to major in history.

Best Online Bachelor's in History Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online history bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

25 Best Online Bachelor’s in History Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of Memphis

    #558 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #243 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BA or BS in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Idaho

    #637 institution's historical influence
    #1023 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Moscow, ID

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    Online Degrees

    BA or BS in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    Florida International University

    #519 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Providence College

    #912 institution's historical influence
    #1192 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    54%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/29

    Providence, RI

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    #878 institution's historical influence
    #235 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/21

    Fairbanks, AK

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Troy University

    #1714 institution's historical influence
    #720 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/21

    Troy, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in History

    Concentrations

    • American and Latin American History
    • European/Asian/African History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Sam Houston State University

    #893 institution's historical influence
    #1048 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Huntsville, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Northern Kentucky University

    #1376 institution's historical influence
    #782 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    Highland Heights, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Military Studies

    Concentrations

    • History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    University of North Alabama

    #2115 institution's historical influence
    #726 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1097/23

    Florence, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BA/BS in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Idaho State University

    #1519 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    9K

    Pocatello, ID

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Tennessee at Martin

    #2198 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    6K

    Martin, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BS/BA in History and Philosophy
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Norfolk State University

    #2227 institution's historical influence
    #497 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    950/18

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History

    Concentrations

    • American History
    • European History
    • Middle Eastern Studies
    • Military History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  18. #18

    West Texas A&M University

    #2574 institution's historical influence
    #1327 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    Canyon, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BAAS in Applied Arts and Sciences

    Concentrations

    • History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    #1233 institution's historical influence
    #248 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    North Dartmouth, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    University of Nebraska at Kearney

    #2715 institution's historical influence
    #545 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1079/23

    Kearney, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in History

    Concentrations

    • Social Science Comprehensive
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Southeast Missouri State University

    #652 institution's historical influence
    #1249 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    9K

    Cape Girardeau, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Social Science

    Concentrations

    • Anthropology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economics
    • History (any prefix)
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • or Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Westfield State University

    #2049 institution's historical influence
    #739 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Westfield, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    University of Missouri–St. Louis

    #2108 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BLS in Liberal Studies

    Concentrations

    • Communication
    • Gender Studies
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in English-History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Professional Studies-History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Arkansas Tech University

    #3324 institution's historical influence
    #1227 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    9K

    Russellville, AR

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    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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