Affordable History Degrees

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1

New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University's History Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in History and an undergraduate history minor. The B.A. in History is designed for students interested in careers in law, civil service, journalism, historical research and teaching. B.A. students complete 36 major credits, including coursework in U.S. history, European history, Latin American history, African history, Middle Eastern history and Asian history. Students are also required to complete a three-credit capstone seminar, in which they write a senior thesis. The undergraduate minor requires 24 credits of coursework. The History Department offers its students the opportunity to participate in the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta.

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,136 Students

2

University of California-Irvine

The Department of History at UC Irvine offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, as well as a specialized track for students interested in a teaching career. The Master of Arts in History program gives students the option of writing a thesis or passing a comprehensive exam in order to earn the degree. Students accepted to the Doctor of Philosophy in History program can choose to specialize in an area studies field or a thematic field. The department offers area studies in Asian, European, Latin American, Middle East and African, U.S. and world history. Thematic fields vary and may include environmental history, global migrations, and gender and sexuality studies. Graduate students can apply for the Dickson D. Bruce Graduate Research Award ($2,000).

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,051 Students

3

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill partnerships with the National University of Singapore and King's College in London offer unique study abroad opportunities for history students to explore historical topics in-depth. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History. Undergraduate concentrations include Ancient and Medieval History; Latin American History; African, Asian and Middle Eastern History; Global History; and United States History. Graduate concentrations include Ancient History; Asian History; European History; Global History; United States History; and Military History. Professional internships are available at numerous area museums, archives and preservation societies. The school offers merit- and need-based scholarships and offers financial support for study abroad.

CAG Score 97.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,135 Students

4

CUNY Queens College

Queens College offers a bachelor's degree in history and two master's programs with history as a focus. Undergrads seeking a history degree must take 36 departmental credits, including courses in European, U.S., and non-western history. They must also select an area of concentration, such as U.S. history, ancient and premodern history, or gender and history. The Master of Arts in History offers two tracks: a research track for students who plan to earn a Ph.D., and a professional track for students who expect the M.A. to be a terminal degree. Queens College also has a joint degree in History and Library Science which results in both a Master of Library Science and a Master of Arts in History.

CAG Score 97.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

19,310 Students

5

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Members of the history faculty at Baruch College are active in research and publishing, but they are also dedicated to making history accessible. In addition to their teaching duties, they work with the student History Club to organize film showings, lectures and even a historical scavenger hunt. Many advanced classes focus on topics such as transnational issues. Students earning a Bachelor in History at Baruch can put their historical research skills to work and earn academic credit by interning at a museum or historical organization in the New York City area. Among the agencies Baruch students have worked for are the Staten Island Museum, the New York Transit Museum and several consulates or international chambers of commerce.

CAG Score 97.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,090 Students

6

University of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of Minnesota-Duluth is home to the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center, an educational research center that supports conferences and publishes "Upper Midwest History." The school offers a Bachelor of Arts of History with concentrations in geographic regions of Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and United States and chronological classifications of ancient, pre-modern and modern times. Students can take part in an intensive honors program and teach in overseas programs in England and Russia. A certificate program in Museum Studies provides the foundation for work in public historical institutions. Internships are encouraged. The department awards include the UMD Bathory/Lane Reaching Higher Scholarship ($500), the UMD Maude Lindquist Scholarship ($1,000) and the UMD Washburn Memorial Award ($1,000).

CAG Score 96.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,093 Students

7

Amherst College

The Department of History at Amherst College offers an undergraduate major in history that allows students to concentrate their studies in the history of one geographical region, a particular historical topic or the comparative history of two or more regions. History majors are required to complete nine major courses, including four courses in an individually-chosen concentration, one course in at least three different geographic areas, two courses related to pre-1800 history and a research seminar. History majors must also fulfill a comprehensive assessment requirement by completing a senior thesis or a capstone project. Additionally, history majors have the opportunity to participate in the departmental honors program, which requires the completion of two additional courses.

CAG Score 96.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,792 Students

8

Texas A & M University-College Station

At Texas A&M, the History Department has created 12 thematic clusters for history classes, ranging from the U.S. in the World to Race, Ethnicity and Migration. These thematic clusters allow students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in History to concentrate on an area that is of most interest to them. The university also grants a Master and Ph.D. in History. Areas of strength in the doctoral program include modern U.S. history, diplomatic and military history, and modern Europe. The university offers undergraduates many opportunities to conduct and present research, including sponsoring an annual paper competition and offering grants for research and for study abroad programs that can range from a few weeks to a semester in length.

CAG Score 96.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

61,642 Students

9

CUNY York College

The Department of History and Philosophy at York College houses programs leading to degrees in history, black studies, and interdisciplinary studies. Students can also choose to minor in history or black studies. The Bachelor of Arts in History is a 36-credit program that requires students to study U.S. history, European history, and non-western history. Half of the credits are in elective history classes. The B.A. in Black Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that includes classes in history, culture, sociology, economics, and other disciplines. To earn the degree, students must complete 30 credits within the major. York College has a History and Philosophy Society that organizes events for students and a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,493 Students

10

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities works with 12 research centers on campus to offer enriching interdisciplinary workshops and lectures throughout the year on a range of topics. These centers also provide opportunities for student research projects, service learning and internships. Study abroad opportunities are available around the world. The Department of History offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a curriculum that offers flexibility to seek a dual or double major. The Ph.D. program, with an embedded Master of Arts, allows for specialization in 12 areas. In addition, graduate students can choose an MA or Ph.D. in Philosophy. Scholarships include the Hedley Donovan Scholarship ($8,000), the Talle Family Merit Scholarship ($12,000), and the Norman Moen Scholarship ($500).

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

51,147 Students

11

St Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary College of Maryland's Department of History offers an undergraduate major and minor in history. The history major requires the completion of 48 major credits, including courses in western civilization, historical methods, historical theories and specific areas of study like U.S. history, European history, Asian history, African history and Latin American history. Students are also required to complete a senior project in the form of an eight-credit St. Mary's Project in history or two 400-level history courses. The undergraduate minor requires 24 credits of history coursework. Additionally, history students have the opportunity to complete field study at Historic St. Mary's City (which is affiliated with the college), to study abroad and to complete internships.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,721 Students

12

Texas Woman's University

Texas Woman's University offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Science in History, and a Master of Arts in History. Students can also pursue teacher certification and pre-law advising. A degree in history provides students with critical thinking, research, and writing skills and prepares students for careers in law, politics, and public services. Students may qualify for scholarships such as the Paul P. and Arlee N. Young Scholarships, the Ada Cade McCury and Martha Faye McCury Savage Endowed Scholarship, the Professor and Mrs. John L. Dawson and Dr. and Mrs. Hubert G. Driggs Scholarship, among others. Students may join Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, and/or Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,071 Students

13

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Global History and also allows students to declare a minor in global history. The study of global history looks at the interactions and collisions that have occurred between cultures. The History Department also offers classes that focus on the study of justice, such as American legal history or the history of terrorism. After completing a three-course survey of global history, history majors select a historical period to specialize in, then take electives and focus their research projects on that period. All history majors must take research and methodology classes, and the program includes six elective classes. To earn the degree, students also must complete a capstone seminar in history.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,045 Students

14

Rutgers University

The Department of History at Rutgers University offers an undergraduate major and minor in history, as well as history master's and doctoral programs. The undergraduate history major requires 36 credits of major coursework covering subjects such as United States history, European history and premodern history. Students are also required to complete a history seminar and a history workshop. The Master of Arts in Global and Comparative History is a flexible program designed for students who are working full or part-time, with classes offered in the late afternoon or evening. The curriculum is designed to meet the career goals of those working as history teachers and those looking to pursue a Ph.D. The Ph.D. in History is designed for students who are ready to dedicate five-years to full-time study, although some part-time students are admitted.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,321 Students

15

Wayne State College

Wayne State College's Department of History, Politics and Geography offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in history, as well as a history education subject endorsement. The B.A. and B.S. programs require 36 credits of coursework that covers subjects such as world civilizations and American history. Students are also required to complete a three-credit social sciences research seminar. Students who choose to earn a history endorsement complete 42 credits of coursework and must complete an endorsement in another subject area besides history. History majors can participate in student organizations like the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,470 Students

16

University of Florida

History students at the University of Florida share research with the Department of History and the academic community through publication of the "Alpata: A Journal of History," an award-winning student publication. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History, with a combined BA-MA program that allows students to complete both degrees in five years. An honors track offers the option of completing an undergraduate thesis. Campus research centers, such as the Center for European Studies and the Reuben O'D Askew Institute on Politics and Policy, provide internship and research opportunities. Students are encouraged to take part in study abroad opportunities, as well. Scholarships include the Phillips Scholarship, the Frank Scholarship and Koleos Undergraduate Research Award.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,459 Students

17

California State University-Long Beach

The Bachelor of Arts in History program at CSU Long Beach gives students the option of specializing in two or three fields of study. Students can choose from the following fields: Africa and the Middle East, Ancient and Medieval Europe, Asia, Latin America, Modern Europe, United States, and World. There is also a Master of Arts in History degree available. A History Teaching emphasis was added to the MA program in fall 2014. This emphasis is designed for students who plan to pursue careers as K-12 history teachers after graduation. History undergraduates, as well as graduate and credential students, are considered for the Richard and Louise Wilde Award. One $7,000 and three $2,000 awards are given to qualified students each year.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,809 Students

18

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington's History Department is staffed by scholars of periods from ancient to present-day. The university grants a Bachelor of Arts in History and also a Bachelor of Arts in the History and Philosophy of Science. Undergrads study a variety of historical periods and areas in qualifying for their degree. The university also offers a Master in History and Ph.D in History. Grad students are admitted into divisions based on what they want to study, including History of Science; Latin America; Russia and Central Asia; United States; or Europe - Medieval to Modern Times. Departmental scholarships include the Faye Wilson Scholarship for Undergraduate Tuition (amounts vary) and the Sleizer Scholarship for Undergraduate Tuition (amounts vary).

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

44,784 Students

19

Buffalo State SUNY

The Department of History and Social Studies at Buffalo State offers degrees in history, museum studies, and social studies education. The Bachelor of Arts in History is a 39-credit program that requires classes in American, European, and world history and a research seminar. The Master of Arts in History is a 30-credit program that requires all candidates to write a master's thesis. The Master of Arts in Museum Studies prepares students to work in a museum or other cultural institution. Museum Studies candidates choose among three tracks: Collections Management and Curatorial; Visitor Experience and Education; or Museum Operations. The department offers social studies education programs at the bachelor and master's levels and also offers a minor in history.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,083 Students

20

CUNY Hunter College

Hunter College offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History and in History Adolescent Education. To earn the B.A. in History, a student must complete 30 credits, including a history practicum and a research project that requires the student to work with a faculty member while planning and preparing a history research paper. To earn the B.A. in History Adolescent Education, students must earn six credits in political science and economics, six credits in geography, and 21 credits in history. Students seeking the M.A. in history have four years to complete the program, which includes earning 30 credits and writing a thesis. Faculty areas of specialization include the colonial era, modern China, African-American history, and Latino history.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,112 Students

21

CUNY Brooklyn College

Students interested in history can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts in History at Brooklyn College, or they can prepare to teach secondary school history. Undergrads can also minor in Archival Studies and Community Documentation, Asian Studies, or Global Studies through the History Department. Undergrads must complete 36 credits in history, including classes in ancient or medieval history, European history, U.S. history, and transnational or comparative history. Graduate students choose from a wide range of specialties. The M.A. requires students to complete 30 to 33 credit hours of coursework, and students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option. Departmental scholarships include the Jesse Clarkson Scholarship, for a senior who plans to study European history in graduate school.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

17,390 Students

22

Berea College

Berea College offers a Bachelor of Arts in History and an undergraduate history minor. The B.A. program requires one core course and seven additional history courses, as well as a capstone course completed in the form of a senior seminar. History students have the opportunity to act as teaching assistants, research assistants or departmental office staff. They also have the opportunity to work with historical artifacts through the Artifacts and Exhibits Studio at the Appalachian Center through school-year work positions or summer internships. Clubs available to history majors include the History and Political Science Club and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,621 Students

23

University of California-Los Angeles

UCLA offers a Bachelor of Arts in History degree through the Social Sciences Division. Graduate students are admitted only to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History program, but they can earn a Master of Arts (MA) in History degree en route to their PhD. The MA in History is not offered as a terminal degree. The graduate program offers the following fields of study: Africa, ancient history, China, Europe, Japan, Jewish history, Latin American, medieval history, Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, United States, and the history of science, medicine, and technology. In addition, there are currently three areas of emphasis (formerly referred to as cross-field clusters): modern world economics history, Atlantic history, and the history of women, men, and sexuality.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,845 Students

24

University of Houston-Downtown

The College of Humanities & Social Services at the University of Houston-Downtown offers a Bachelor of Arts in History. This degree provides students with an understanding of the social, political, and commercial history of America and the world. Students in the history program will take courses like Ethnic Minorities in American History, The Vietnam War, History of Religion in the United States, Middle Eastern History, 20th Century Russia, and Historical Methods. This degree prepares students for careers in libraries, national and local news networks, research institutions, schools and universities, political campaigns, advocacy groups, and more.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,439 Students

25

SUNY College at Old Westbury

Students majoring in history at SUNY Old Westbury can choose from two tracks. The history liberal arts track requires courses in Western history, non-Western history, global history, and trans-regional history, as well as historiography and a senior seminar. The history social studies track is designed for students who plan to become social studies teachers and requires them to take classes in history, geography, political science, and economics. Other programs designed for history teachers, or students who want to teach history, include an undergraduate teacher preparation program (Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Social Studies), a graduate teacher preparation program (Master of Arts in Teaching), and a master's program leading to professional certification for candidates who are already licensed to teach.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,504 Students

26

CUNY City College

Undergraduate history majors at the City College of New York must complete at least 11 history electives. They are encouraged to choose an area of concentration, which could be thematic or geographic, and take at least four electives in that area. The Master of Arts in History allows students to select either a thesis or non-thesis track. The thesis track requires 30 credits and a thesis. The non-thesis track requires 30 credits and two field papers, typically written as assignments for courses. CCNY also offers an accelerated B.A./M.A. in history. Students are invited to join the History Society, a student club that sponsors workshops, guest speakers, and outings to museums in the city.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,579 Students

27

Appalachian State University

Students seeking an undergraduate degree at Appalachian State can earn a BA in History, a BS in History that prepares them to teach secondary social studies, or a BS in History with a concentration in applied and public history. The applied history concentration is designed for students interested in careers such as historic preservation or cultural resources management. Students work with a faculty adviser to craft the exact concentration that meets their needs. Appalachian State also offers a Master's of Arts in History, and teaching and applied history degrees at the graduate level. The History Department awards scholarships including the Dr. Robert D. Warren Scholarship for History (about $3,000) and the Professor Thomas K. Keefe History Scholarships (about $1,300).

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,026 Students

28

Iowa State University

The doctoral program offered by Iowa State's History Department bestows a Ph.D. in Rural Agricultural, Technological and Environmental History, or RATE. It is the only doctoral program in the country to focus completely on agricultural communities and how they developed and used technology and have been affected by the environment where they are located. Undergraduates can pair their history studies with the requirements for a teaching license, which will qualify them to teach American and world history plus one other social science for grades 7-12. The university provides many study abroad programs that are appropriate for history majors. Undergraduate history majors are eligible for the Frank H. and Ethel A. Spedding Scholarships in Physical Science and History.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

34,435 Students

29

Dominican University

At Dominican University, students may earn a Bachelor in History or prepare for a career teaching history in middle or high school. The college offers many opportunities for students to intensify their history classes by performing research, and history majors are invited to present their research during the annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative investigations (URSCI) Expo and Global Learning Symposium the school hosts. URSCI offers a variety of scholarships, assistantships and grants to undergrads to conduct research or assist with faculty research. History majors can join the history club and seek membership in the campus chapters of the history and social studies national honor societies.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,498 Students

30

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Science in History Education or a BS in Social Studies Education with a history emphasis. Students learn to use the tools and methods of historical research as they develop an understanding of the cultural, political, social, religious and economic forces that have shaped the world. The university maintains an active chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, giving students an outlet to network, learn more about the field of history and prepare for graduate school.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,624 Students

31

The University of Texas at El Paso

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso offers a Bachelor of Arts in History (with teacher certification), a Master of Arts in History, and a Ph.D. in History. The history program features three types of classes: specialized courses, junior-senior seminars, and broad surveys. Graduates often go on to pursue careers in many different fields such as law, business, teaching, journalism, public service, library sciences, historical research, international work, and more. Students may take courses such as History of Women, Spain in the Age of Expansion, Pyramids & Prophets, American Revolution/New Nation, and Mexican American History.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,079 Students

32

Texas A & M University-Commerce

The Department of History at Texas A&M University Commerce offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Science in History, a Master of Arts in History, and a Master of Science in History. Graduates of these programs utilize their education to pursue a number of careers in academia as well as education. They may also become involved in genealogical services, government science, law, publishing, politics, and public relations. Scholarships are available specifically for history majors such as the Charles Ternay Neu Scholarship, the Mattie Baker Prize for Merit, the Frank B. Jackson Scholarship, and the Jewell and Jesse Guy Smith Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,111 Students

33

Presbyterian College

The History Department at Presbyterian College offers a bachelor's degree in history, a minor in history, and a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in secondary education certification to teach high school social studies. There are many student opportunities for history majors. Many students choose to participate in study abroad programs. Advanced students may pursue the honors research track or the PC Summer Fellows Program. Students can join organizations such as the PC chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, a national organization that recognizes excellent academic achievement, as well as the History Club, which hosts events throughout the year.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,460 Students

34

SUNY College at Oswego

SUNY Oswego offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in History. Undergraduate history majors are required to complete at least 39 credits in history classes. All history majors select an area of specialization and take four courses in that area, including a capstone seminar. Specialization areas can have a geographic or thematic focus, and students select an area in consultation with their adviser. Candidates for a master's in history can choose to specialize in European, American, global, or women's history. The History Department also offers minors in African/African-American studies, gender and women's studies, global and international studies, history, Medieval and Renaissance studies, museum studies, and Native American studies.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,034 Students

35

Saint Cloud State University

History students at St. Cloud University learn to bring the past into the digital age by creating digital exhibits for museums and transcribing and encoding historic documents for online research. Undergrads can study abroad in areas of historical significance such as England, France, Korea and Germany. Students seeking a Bachelors in History can choose a pathway to prepare them for graduate studies in management, law, international business or history. Master's students can earn a traditional history degree or one in public history, preparing them for a job in a museum or historical organization. Scholarships include the Alton C. and Haidako H. Wolfer Endowed Scholarship in History ($500) and the James and Muriel Grunerud Scholarship in History (amount varies).

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,076 Students

36

Michigan Technological University

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University offers a Bachelor of Arts in History that combines traditional history courses with courses in other liberal arts subjects. Students working toward their B.A. in History are required to choose an area of historical focus, such as American history or environmental history. The history curriculum integrates coursework in the natural sciences, archaeology, anthropology, economics and environmental studies. History majors have the opportunity to undertake research opportunities through independent study projects or the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. History students are also invited to participate in the archaeology summer field school and to gain professional experience through an internship or the Enterprise program, which allows students to earn credit for working as teams on projects for real clients.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,099 Students

37

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department of History offers a Graduate Certificate or Master of Arts in Public History thanks to partnerships with museums and archives in the region and the support of other academic programs on the campus. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History with courses covering a variety of historical fields from American History and European History to the History of Science. The summer program at Oxford University has been offered for 50 years, and internships are available in a variety of fields that put a student's research and communication skills to use. Scholarships include the Ermonian Scholarship and the Giguere Scholarship in History.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

28,635 Students

38

University of California-San Diego

The Bachelor of Arts in History degree at UC San Diego has three fields of emphasis: geographic (Africa, Ancient Mediterranean, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and United States), thematic (science gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, and migration, and war, revolution, and social change), and pre-professional (business, education, global/transnational, law, and medicine). Concentration areas for the Master of Arts in History degree include East Asian history, European history, Jewish Studies, history of science, and history of the United States. The Doctor of Philosophy degree has the same concentration areas as the MA program with the addition of ancient history, Latin American history, and Middle Eastern history. Doctoral candidates receive financial support in terms of a stipend and fee and tuition remission.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,709 Students

39

University of North Texas

The University of North Texas offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Teaching Certificate, a Master's degree in history (both thesis and non-thesis options), and a Ph.D. in history. The department also offers a minor in history as well as five other interdisciplinary minors: Asian Studies, Jewish Studies, Mexican American Studies, Classical Studies, and African American Studies. History majors may be eligible for the CBS Mechanical Scholarship, the Nation's Heritage Scholarship, the J.L. Kingsbury/Troy M. Thomason History Scholarship, the Gus Seligmann History Scholarship, and/or the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship. Additionally, the Department of History offers many courses online.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,486 Students

40

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the State University of New York-Plattsburgh have access to the school's collection of archival materials on northern New York state that can provide primary resources for independent research. Students also enrich their education with study abroad, study of a foreign language and culture or completion of related minor. The school offers affiliated programs in Asian Studies, Model Organization of American States, Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies and a study abroad program in Southern Mexico. Internships are offered in a number of area research libraries and museums. Scholarships include the Benjamin Feinberg Memorial Scholarship and the Martin Hasting Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,968 Students

41

CUNY Lehman College

The History Department at Lehman College grants a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History. The department also has an interdisciplinary minor in Classical Civilization and the Classical Tradition and is involved in other interdisciplinary programs, such as American Studies, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, and African and African-American Studies. The B.A. requires 36 credits for history majors and 30 credits for students who are preparing to teach social studies. To receive the M.A. in History, candidates must earn 36 credits, pass a comprehensive examination, and produce either a thesis or capstone project. Lehman also offers a history master's track for teachers. Departmental scholarships include the Candido Maldonado Scholarship, awarded to a history major.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,398 Students

42

Barnard College

Students who major in history at Barnard College select an area of focus, which could be the history of a region, a particular period in history, or a theme in history. Thematic concentrations offered include urban history; intellectual history; rights, law, and the state; empires and colonialism; race and ethnicity; gender, sexuality, and the family; markets, money, and labor; science, technology, and environment; the Atlantic world; religion, belief, and values; premodern history; war and revolution; or international and global. To earn their bachelor's degree, students must complete at least 11 history courses, with eight of the courses in their area of concentration. Students may count history classes taken at Columbia. History majors must also write a senior thesis.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,573 Students

43

Alfred University

Through its Division of Human Studies, Alfred University offers an undergraduate major and minor in history. The history major prepares students for careers in education, journalism, law, government, libraries, archives and historic preservation through 34 credits of major coursework, including 26 credits of upper-level courses, eight credits of upper-level American history courses and eight credits of upper-level non-American history courses. The history minor requires 20 credits of coursework, including 12 credits of upper-level courses. History students can also participate in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,310 Students

44

University of Minnesota-Morris

Undergraduate students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Minnesota-Morris can take part in faculty research projects through the Morris Academic Partnership. This program offers a stipend to students assisting in historical research projects and serves to showcase their research and writing abilities. Courses include a variety of historical topics and periods, including gender studies, American Indian history, and Latin American history. The department also hosts the O. Truman Diggs Distinguished Lecture in History program. Students enjoy a great deal of interaction with the faculty, as well, with most upper-level classes limited to no more than 25 students. A number of study abroad options are available. Scholarships include the Robert DeWall Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,899 Students

45

Michigan State University

Michigan State University's History Department has more than 40 faculty members who do research in a range of interdisciplinary and trans-regional specialties. Students in the graduate program are expected to choose one primary field of study, such as African-American history, gender history, science and medicine, or Latin American history. They complement that field by studying two secondary fields, including working with faculty outside their primary field. The university also offers a Bachelors in History, and students can earn credentials to teach secondary school history. Michigan State offers many study abroad opportunities and has a number of scholarships for study abroad that history majors can apply for, such as the College of Social Science Study Abroad Alumni Scholarship ($1,500).

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,081 Students

46

Marshall University

The College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University offers both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history. The undergraduate history curriculum includes courses that cover topics such as the great civilizations to 1300, the rise of the west, American history, and the world since 1850. Non-history majors can choose from minors in United States, European, and world history. The department also offers interdisciplinary minors in Latin American, sexuality, African and African American, Asian, and women's studies. Graduate students have the option of writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive exam to complete the MA program. The Rosanna A. Blake and Fred E. Hulse Scholarship in Confederate History includes a $5,000 stipend and tuition waiver for qualified graduate students.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,381 Students

47

Holy Family University

Holy Family University offers a Bachelor of Arts in History. Students who pursue a bachelor's degree in history often go on to graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in history or careers in education. However, students with this degree can also become archivists, congressional aides, editors, analysts, foreign service officers, and information specialists, among other things. History majors will explore a wide range of both American and world history topics. Some courses included in this program are Women in America, Social Movements in History, Modern European Thought, and History of Pennsylvania.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,658 Students

48

Ferris State University

The Humanities Department at Ferris State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, as well as an undergraduate history minor. The Bachelor of Arts in History requires the completion of six core history courses, including coursework in US history, world civilizations, the craft of history and a research course that serves as a capstone. Students are also required to take nine credits of upper-level coursework in both American history and world history. Students in the history major have the option to tailor their studies to a particular area of interest by selecting relevant electives in historical niches such as African American history or the history of science and technology. Additionally, upper-level students have the opportunity to take part in internships and research projects.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,600 Students

49

California State University-Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history and a minor in history as well. Students who wish to teach history in a middle school or high school setting can take the credential program, which is also referred to as the History Social Science Subject Matter Preparation Program. Students have access to the Center for Oral and Public History where they are trained in the research methods of collecting and interpreting oral histories, as well as in presenting these and other important regional and national stories to the public. Graduate students pursuing a master's thesis or project in oral or public history may be eligible for the Hansen Fellowship in Oral and Public History ($1,500).

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

38,128 Students

50

California State University-Stanislaus

The Department of History at Stanislaus offers a Bachelor of Arts in History degree with a curriculum that cover topics such as world civilizations, comparative and global perspectives, the pre-modern era, and research and information literacy. History is offered as an area of concentration for students in the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences programs. Stanislaus also offers a Master of Arts in History degree. This program offers secondary school teaching as an area of concentration. Several scholarships are available to History majors, including the Rasmussen Scholarship (full-time undergraduate students), Wilbur and Vivian Grant Scholarship (full-time or part-time students), and the Frank Holder & John Caswell Award (graduate students). Amounts for these and other Department of History scholarships are determined each year.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

9,045 Students

History graduates are hidden in plain sight throughout the United States. They appear as guides at historic sites, museum curators in great art institutions, diplomats, librarians, archivists, and documentary film producers. They teach humanities to high school kids and lecture on world events to college students. You may even find them in law courts, as judges and attorneys, and in hospitals, as medical doctors. It’s a versatile degree, but it requires a great deal of focus and work experience to use it as the base for a career.

If you’re ready to face this challenge, we’re ready to help. In our guide to affordable history programs, you’ll find detailed info on each degree, including descriptions of sample coursework and a list of job opportunities. We explore what regional accreditation means and when you might need to think about licensure or certification.

Types of History Degrees

Associate’s Degree in History

An associate’s degree in history is a 2-year undergraduate program that provides an introduction to core history topics. Associate degrees are often offered at a reasonable price from community colleges. A high school diploma or GED is required to apply.

Most students earn an associate’s degree in order to transfer to a bachelor’s degree. If you’re planning to do this, be sure your associate course credits will be transferable to the undergraduate program of your choice.

Degree Options

  • Associate of Arts (AA) in History: General liberal arts degree with history electives.

Sample Coursework

The curriculum for an AA in history is made up of general education requirements (e.g. English composition, math, social science, etc.) and survey courses in all aspects of history. You might study topics such as ancient world history, nation-based history, the history of a cultural group, events such as the Industrial Revolution, war, and globalization, the history of science, and more. Plus you will discover how to conduct historical research via primary and secondary sources.

Career Options

There aren’t many careers opportunities available for history graduates with an associate’s degree. In order to become a teacher, archivist, or journalist, most students decide to earn a bachelor’s degree. Having said that, if you can combine solid work experience (e.g. archival work, government lobbying, etc.) with your AA, you’ll have an advantage over your peers.

Bachelor’s Degree in History

A bachelor’s degree in sociology is a 4-year undergraduate program that grounds students in the study of history. Bachelor’s programs are available from a wide range of regionally accredited universities and colleges. A high school diploma or GED is required to apply.

Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History: Contains more liberal arts courses than a BS. This is the traditional choice for students who are interested in professional school (e.g. law), teacher training, and master’s work after graduation.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sociology: Contains more college-level science and – possibly – history electives than a BA.

Don’t forget that you also have the option to double major. To improve their career options, many students choose to combine history with a job-focused major (e.g. biology for pre-med, government for those interested in politics, etc.).

Sample Coursework

Like other liberal arts, the curriculum for a BA in history will contain general education requirements (e.g. English, math, foreign language, etc.), coursework in science or humanities, and electives in history. In your third and fourth years, you’ll have more freedom to focus on your area of interest (e.g. history of science, Russian history, etc.). Many schools will also give you the opportunity to work on a capstone project and/or take part in internships.

Career Options

Many BA students earn a history degree in order to prepare for law school – there is no official “pre-law” major and history provides a good foundation in research. Another popular choice is K-12 teaching. We talk more about this option in our section on state licensure.

Apart from law and teaching, other possibilities include:

  • Museum or historic site guide
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Researcher
  • Documentary maker/producer
  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Records manager
  • Legislative assistant
  • Grant administrator
  • Museum assistant

A word of warning – without a healthy amount of relevant work experience, it can be tough to find a job straight after graduation. Because of this, some graduates decide to go to professional school in areas such as library science, international relations, archives management, and museum studies. Although it’s not impossible to become a curator with a bachelor’s, museum curators tend to hold a graduate degree.

Master’s Degree in History

A master’s degree in history is a 1-3 year graduate program that gives students the chance to pursue advanced research in a specific area of history (e.g. Renaissance history) or study an area of professional interest (e.g. museum studies, archives management, library science, etc.). A bachelor’s degree in history or a relevant major (e.g. art history, archeology, etc.), is required to apply.

Degree Options

  • Master of Arts (MA) in History: Usually targeted at students who are interested in research careers, community college teaching, or a PhD.
  • Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) in Museum Studies: Designed for aspiring museum curators, managers, and employees.
  • Master of Science (MS) in Library Science: Often offered with a concentration in archives and record management.

Sample Coursework

The curriculum for a master’s degree program in history will depend on your concentration. For an MA in museum studies, for example, you might study topics such as museum management, history and architecture of museums, business and marketing, museum interpretation, and museum collections. For an MS in library science, you might take courses on information resources and services, digital media, IT, archives & records management, manuscript preservation, and database design.

Some degrees are more research-based than others. If you’re in a traditional master’s program, you will be expected to write a master’s thesis based on original research. If you’re in a professional program, you may be required to complete a capstone project.

Career Options

By the time you’ve finished your master’s in history, you’ll probably be well on your career path. Along with the jobs we listed under the bachelor’s degree, options for graduates include:

  • Community college teacher
  • Public administrator (e.g. government, security, etc.)
  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Museum curator
  • Diplomat
  • Politician

To be eligible for ACA certification as an archivist, you most hold a master’s degree. If you wish to teach as a history professor at the college/university level and be eligible for tenure, you will need a PhD.

Doctoral Degree in History

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History is a 3-7 year program intended for students who wish to become history professors and/or pursue high-level research. It is the highest academic qualification one can achieve. Unless you enroll in a combined master’s/PhD program, you will be required to earn a master’s degree before you can apply.

Sample Coursework

In the first few years of a PhD in history, you will usually need to complete advanced coursework in history topics and research methods. You may also be required to take one or more exams. Once you’ve cleared these barriers, you’ll have more opportunity to focus on original research in a topic of your choice. To graduate, you will need to write a book-length dissertation on your research and defend your findings in an oral exam.

Career Opportunities

Three common career choices for PhD graduates are:

  • Research work for non-profits, business, educational institutions, or federal agencies
  • Academic research and teaching at the university level
  • Museum curator/manager

Certificate in History

A certificate in history is non-degree program, roughly equivalent to a minor in a degree, that takes ~6 months – 1 year to complete. These short qualifications are often intended to give you training in specific skills (e.g. archiving) or expose you to fundamental concepts in history.

Academic certificates come in two major flavors:

  • Undergraduate Certificate: Intended to help undergraduates build their knowledge of the field or introduce high school graduates to the study of history.
  • Graduate Certificate: Intended to help graduate students earn course credits for a master’s, advance up the career ladder, hone specific skills, and/or enrich their knowledge of history.

Remember that if you wish to apply your certificate credits towards a degree, be sure that your credit hours will be transferable to the program of your choice.

Important Accreditations

Regional Accreditation

Whichever state you live in, we recommend you attend a regionally accredited college or university. Regional accreditation is a “seal of approval” granted to institutions by one of 6 regional accrediting bodies (e.g. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).

You can learn more about the difference between national accreditation and regional accreditation in: Accreditation: Understanding the Difference Between Real Schools and Diploma Mills.

Benefits of Regional Accreditation

We make this recommendation for a few reasons. By attending a regionally accredited school, you will find it easier to:

  • Transfer credits (many regionally accredited schools don’t accept credits from nationally accredited institutions)
  • Qualify for scholarships, funding, student loan, and tuition reimbursement
  • Apply for respected graduate schools
  • Look good in the eyes of headhunters and recruiters

Regional accreditation is given to an overall institution, not to individual departments or degree. Unlike other fields (e.g. sociology), there is no separate accrediting body for history programs. However, the American Historical Association does publish a Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians, which you may find helpful.

Licensure & Certification

State Licensure for K-12 Teachers

If you’re interested in becoming a public teacher, you must be licensed as a teacher by your state. We talk more about the licensing process, options for teaching degrees, and the importance of CAEP/TEAC/NCATE accreditation in our article on K-12 Education. You’ll find that some combined history/teacher education programs are happy to prepare you for state licensure. But if you only have a bachelor’s degree in history, you will need to think about enrolling in a teacher certification program.

ACA Certification for Archivists

The major archivist certification is the ACA offered by the Academy of Certified Archivists. Candidates must hold a master’s degree in order to apply. The ACA certification exam contains 100 questions and covers 7 topic areas:

  1. Selection
  2. Arrangement and description
  3. Reference service and access
  4. Preservation and protection
  5. Outreach, advocacy, and promotion of documentary collections and archival repositories
  6. Managing archival programs
  7. Professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities

To maintain certification, archivists must provide evidence of continuing education, experience, and professional participation.

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