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Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
  • $250 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

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Prepare for a future in politics, law, journalism, or education with a bachelor's degree in history.

The bachelor's degree in history at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to help you develop a foundation of historical thinking, research, and writing skills on which to build your life and career. Our program is designed and taught by professional historians, and UMGC Europe has nearly two decades of experience teaching history in an on-site and online environment. Plus, our alumni have successfully pursued master’s and doctoral programs and have found work in museums and archives; federal, state, and local government; and universities and K-12 schools. 

Total Credits Required: 120

  • Required Major Courses: 33
  • Minor and Elective Courses: 46
  • General Education Courses: 41

Required Major Courses

  • (3 Credits, HIST 115) or (3 Credits, HIST 141)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 116) or (3 Credits, HIST 142)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 156)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 157)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 289)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 309)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 495)
  • Upper-level HIST (12 credits): Focused study in either U.S. history or world history recommended; see Degree Focus below

Degree Focus 

To align with the 12-credit upper-level requirement listed above, we recommend you choose from one of the following groups of classes below to align with your career interests:

U.S. History

  • (3 Credits, HIST 316L)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 365)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 377)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 461)

World History

  • (3 Credits, HIST 326)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 337)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 392)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 480)

If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree from UMGC in computer science, English, history, social science, or general studies (with a minimum of a 30-credit specialization in social studies) or have taken other appropriate coursework (including biology and mathematics coursework), an accelerated pathway between UMGC undergraduate and graduate programs allows you to reduce the total coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) by up to 12 credits—three courses, including the noncredit introductory course Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMGC (0 Credits, UCSP 615). This accelerated program option allows you to take graduate-level coursework before you complete your undergraduate degree.

To be eligible for this accelerated option, you must have completed the courses listed below before being accepted to the MAT program.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning (6 Credits, EDTP 500) substitutes for
Foundations of Teaching for Learning (6 Credits, EDTP 600) 

Adolescent Development and Learning Needs (6 Credits, EDTP 535) substitutes for
Adolescent Development and Learning Needs (6 Credits, EDTP 635)

The 500-level courses listed above are the only courses eligible for the 12 articulated credits available through this vertical pathway. If completed with a grade of B or higher, the credits will apply to the MAT program. If successfully completed with a grade of C or lower, these credits apply toward the undergraduate degree only.

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

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