History degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in History

Earn your history degree online! 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.

Courses in this BA history program will explore the interrelationships between society and the environment, issues of war and peace, and movements for social and political change, and 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

Career Outlook for Professionals with an Undergraduate Degree in History

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of archivists, curators and museum technicians is expected to increase 18% through 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. 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!

For almost 150 years, Ottawa University has educated students for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership and personal growth and significance. Today, we remain an inclusive learning community grounded in faith and focused on the career needs of the future.

Discover the Benefits of Ottawa University

  • Generous credit transfer policy – Get credit where credit is due with Ottawa University’s generous credit transfer policy that honors past experience – up to 80 credit hours
  • Rich, established history – For almost 150 years, Ottawa University has educated students for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership and personal growth and significance. Today, we remain an inclusive learning community grounded in faith and focused on the career needs of the future
  • Life-friendly online learning options – At Ottawa University, we’re committed to your professional growth and development – no matter where you are in life. That’s why we offer life-friendly degree programs for working adults, military personnel and their families, or anyone looking for a flexible and convenient program that can be completed outside the classroom
  • A supportive learning environment – As an online student at Ottawa University, you will collaborate with and draw upon the expertise and support of faculty members and ministry professionals who are dedicated to your success
If you’re interested in earning a Bachelor's degree in history, contact us today.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

History Major Courses

World Regional Geography | HPS 10153
Survey of the developed and developing regions of the world, emphasizing regional differentiation, as well as concepts of location, place, human environment interaction, and cultural diffusion.

The American Experience I | HPS 11053
Introduces the study of American history and its cultural, intellectual, political, economic, religious, racial and diplomatic topics. Emphasis on development of the country from discovery through Reconstruction.

The American Experience II | HPS 13053
Uses principle theme of the development of United States since reconstruction. Examines political, economic, social, and cultural development.

World Civilization I | HPS 25353
Introduces historical study of the beginnings and development of human culture and institutions, western and non-western. Basic introduction to historical study.

World Civilization II | HPS 25453
Examines development of civilization, western and non-western, in the modern era. Analysis of political, economic and cultural revolutions that have created contemporary culture and its tensions.

Global Issues in Historical Perspective | HPS 49400
Capstone course that guides student in development of an integrative project that demonstrates achievement of learning outcomes in the History major. Integrates knowledge in the political, cultural, economic, social, geographic and global aspects of historical study. May be taken as an elective.

Seminars (choose one)

Seminar in American History and Government I | HPS 34354
Examines a selection of readings and topics on American history and government. Common theme, assigned readings and individual projects required. Inquire in advance for information on selected topics.

Seminar in World History I | HPS 35054
Examines a selection of readings and topics in world history. Common theme, assigned readings and individual projects required.

Choose minimum of 12 semester credit hours from the following courses:

American Government | HPS 13353
Introduces American government philosophy, structure and operation of it. Studies performance and problems of American government with emphasis on the question of the citizen’s knowledge, role and responsibility.

United States Constitution | HPS 30251
Overview of the history of the United States Constitution to establish a foundation of understanding.

American Women’s History | HPS 30953
Surveys women’s history in America from precolonial history to the present, and explores the intersections of race, class, and ethnicity in structuring women’s lives today.

Ethnicity in American History | HPS 31053
Considers the histories of a variety of immigrant groups arriving in the United States from colonial settlement through the twentieth century, and examines issues of nativism, patterns of acculturation and assimilation, and adjustment to the American economic and political systems, religious experiences, and other issues connected to the ongoing adaptation to life in the U.S.

Religion in American Culture | HPS 31453
Examine and explore the prominent place of religion in this religiously pluralistic country. Explores institutional and non-institutional developments with Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism and Islam. The course concludes with an examination of religion and material culture.

Twentieth Century World History | HPS 31654
Course focuses on the history of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa in the twentieth century. Course will address globalization and consequences, colonization versus nationalism, militarization, collective security, and the effects of technology on nations. Students will assess the consequences of global, regional and civil wars throughout the century and the subsequent shift in influence to emerging nations.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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