About OU’s Bachelor of Arts in History
Are you considering an online degree in history? If you have an interest in history, then you should turn your passion into your profession by enrolling in Ottawa University's accelerated, online Bachelor in History program. As a history major, you’ll explore the impact of past events on vital contemporary problems and synthesize the study of past human activity with the nature, purpose and principles of governmental systems throughout the world. Then you’ll bring it all together to develop an understanding of public events and trends in both national and international spheres.
Education and Qualifications
Numerous local museums, historical societies, government agencies, non-profit, and other organizations offer internships or volunteer research opportunities. Archaeological field schools instruct future anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians in how to excavate, record, and interpret historical sites and typically require a bachelor degree or higher. Many of our history graduates continue their education with a Masters in Education.
Courses and Curriculum
The courses and curriculum for our accelerated, online bachelor in history program explore the interrelationships between society and the environment, issues of war and peace, and movements for social and political change. Your courses may include:
- American Government
- American Women's History
- Global Issues in Historical Perspective
- Religion in American Culture
- Seminar in American History and Government I
- Seminar in World History I
- The American Experience I & II
- Twentieth Century World History
- United States Constitution
- World Civilization I & II
- World Regional Geography
For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a History program overview.
Career Outlook for History Majors
With a major in history, you can apply solid critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to careers, including teaching, research, law, information specialist, intelligence agent, museum curator, archivist, and more. You could even find yourself studying ancient civilizations across the globe!
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for historians was $63,680 in May 2019. An online degree in history prepares students for a wide variety of career options where research, problem solving, analysis, and communication skills are valued. In fact, most graduates with a bachelor in history degree have the flexibility to work outside of traditional historian jobs, and pursue careers in education, communications, law, business, publishing, or journalism.
Perspective on the History Degree
Historians research, analyze, and interpret the past. They use many sources of information in their research, including government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, and unpublished manuscripts such as personal diaries and letters. Historians usually specialize in a country or region, a particular period, or a particular field, such as social, intellectual, cultural, political, or diplomatic history. Other historians help study and preserve archival materials, artifacts, and historic buildings and sites. The study of history, like any effort that promotes critical thinking and careful judgment, prepares its practitioners for any number of careers, including government, law, teaching, politics, museum curator, park ranger, and journalism.
If you’re interested in earning a Bachelor's degree in history, contact us today!
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