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History, B.A.

Examine the factors that lead to global change, and develop research, critical thinking, and communication skills with IU Online’s Bachelor of Arts in History. This completely online degree program allows you to study historical themes across multiple periods and places and develop academic arguments that present information effectively.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 120

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $290.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $390.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

As a student in the Bachelor of Arts in History, you’ll study diverse human cultures by examining cultural variation within and between nations, such as race, gender, age, sexuality, language, religion, ethnicity, class, or beliefs and values about politics, nationality, economy, and social organization.

You’ll learn to search and retrieve relevant primary and secondary historical sources from a variety of repositories, and you will draw on historical contexts, historiography, multiple perspectives, and patterns of continuity and change over time to create historical interpretations. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for careers that demand keen research and critical thinking skills.


As a student in the program, you’ll benefit from a career-focused program ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To apply to this program:
  • Complete application for admission.
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants).
  • Complete an essay (may be required of some applicants).
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.

Students who meet the admission standards of their campus of enrollment will be admitted directly into the B.A. in History.

Application Dates

This program has rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Your IU Online B.A. in History prepares you for such careers as:

  • Historical program director
  • Historical research associate, history instructor
  • Historic interpreter
  • County historian
  • Museum docent, museum content creator
  • Exhibitions curator
  • Collections manager

To graduate with your B.A. in History, you must complete 120 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • History foundation courses (15 credit hours)
  • Advanced history courses (18 credit hours)
  • History capstone course (3 credit hours)
  • General education courses (30 credit hours)
  • General elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

ALL core courses are listed here. You will select from among these courses to meet degree requirements.

In addition to the courses listed here, the B.A. in History requires 18 credit hours of advanced study in history. You will select six history courses at the 300/400-level covering at least three of the following regions: United States, Western Europe, Russia/Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and East Asia.

Core Classes for the BS in Computer Science
Course Number Course Name Credits
HIST-A 100 Issues in United States History 3 Credits
HIST-E 100 Introduction to African History 3 Credits
HIST-F 100 Issues in Latin America 3 Credits
HIST-G 100 Issues in Asian History 3 Credits
HIST-H 101 The World in the Twentieth Century 3 Credits
HIST-H 105 US History to 1865 3 Credits
HIST-H 106 US History from 1865 3 Credits
HIST-H 108 Perspectives of the World to 1800 3 Credits
HIST-H 109 Perspectives on the World since 1800 3 Credits
HIST-H 113 History of Western Civilization I 3 Credits
HIST-H 114 History of Western Civilization II 3 Credits
HIST-H 207 Modern East Asian Civilizations 3 Credits
HIST-H 216 The Wild West and American Identify 3 Credits
HIST-H 232 The World in the Twentieth Century 3 Credits
HIST-J 216 Sophomore History Seminar 3 Credits
HIST-J 496 Proseminar in History (Capstone)  3 Credits

Find course descriptions with our Search Schedule of Classes/Courses tool.

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