Online Bachelor of Arts in History

Earning an online history degree can be as simple as ensuring you qualify for the program, submitting your application with supporting documents and starting to work through the curriculum once accepted. First, you should ensure a bachelor’s degree in history is right for you. The ideal candidate is curious about the past and future. They enjoy finding and evaluating evidence, as well as making informed arguments.

Students around the world choose online learning as an effective method for accessing high-quality educational opportunities regardless of their location. ASU Online allows students to earn the same degree as their on-campus counterparts, while working from anywhere in the world. 

This bachelor’s degree in history can be completed as part of a 4+1 accelerated program. Qualified applicants can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as few as five years. Applicable master’s degrees include:

What can you do with an online history degree?


Completing a bachelor’s degree in history can prepare you for a variety of opportunities in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Studying history doesn’t only expose you to historical narratives and the research behind them, but it also helps you hone skills related to critical thinking and effective communication. Additionally, you can expect to build capabilities related to:

  • Finding and evaluating evidence.
  • Performing qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Presenting research and conclusions in a way that engages your audience.
  • Using and creating digital media.

Not only are these skills useful for historians and history teachers, but they’re also valuable assets for park rangers, researchers, law consultants, project managers and c-suite business leaders.

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History (BA)
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Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in history focuses on the growth and development of human society from a political, social, economic and cultural perspective. In this program, you’ll gain the skills needed to assess evidence, sort out conflicting interpretations and draw informed conclusions about the ever-changing world we live in. An online history degree is perfect for those interested in careers in law, business, education and policy-making.

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This bachelor’s degree in history encourages you to take a closer look at common interpretations of events and understand how these narratives formed. An emphasis on research and analysis leads to in-depth and original conclusions. Featured courses include:

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Educators who support critical thought and new perspectives

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.
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A college dedicated to immersive education
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

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$140 million
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Will my history degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
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