Bachelor of Arts in History
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Explore the Past to Understand the World Today
If you’re curious to learn how the past has shaped the world in which we live, National University’s bachelor’s degree in history will challenge you to explore different worlds, times, places, and cultures. You’ll absorb the fascinating work of historians as you examine court documents, diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts; conduct research; write; teach; evaluate; and make recommendations.
Available online or on-site, NU’s curriculum is a future-focused course of study designed to help you build a solid foundation of knowledge that can be applied to a broad range of career fields. You’ll focus on research-intensive cultural knowledge and develop writing and critical thinking skills to advance your career, pursue a new role, or prepare for a graduate degree.
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Why Earn Your Bachelor’s in History Degree with National University?
There are many reasons our students find fulfilling careers with their BAs in History.
Dedicated Faculty: Students learn from a student-focused, dedicated and accomplished faculty of actively engaged scholarly researchers, published authors, and thought-leaders in their respective focus areas with all holders of at least a master’s degree or Ph.D. in history.
Curriculum: Additionally, National University’s in-depth and interesting curriculum in U.S. and world history covers a variety of specialties and applications, featuring a capstone experience where students can develop their own portfolio-worthy research project. This can equip students with specialized and marketable skills that can be applied to any career interest.
Availability: The ability to earn your degree on your own schedule enhances the accessibility of the program and its resources to busy adult learners.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Bachelor of Arts in History, you’ll understand how to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. and world history.
- Analyze a variety of primary sources.
- Analyze secondary sources for their argument and use of supporting evidence.
- Discuss current concerns, new theories, new evidence, and issues that shape the history of historical interpretation.
- Conduct historical research and support with appropriate primary and secondary source materials.
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BA in History Degree FAQs
A degree in history can provide you with a sound foundation for a broad range of career fields, including education, business, and law.
History courses offer research, writing, and analytical skills necessary for many fulfilling careers. Graduates with a degree in history often become educators themselves and teach in elementary schools, secondary schools, or in postsecondary institutions.
Beyond teaching, historians also work as researchers in museums and local historical organizations that deal with cultural resources management and historic preservation and make valuable contributions to government and private think tanks. A history degree is excellent preparation for journalists, ad writers, editors and anyone interested in producing multimedia materials and documentaries. Historians have rewarding careers as information managers such as archivists, records managers, and librarians.
No, but you can lay the groundwork for the essential knowledge and skills you’ll need to get into law school. NU’s BA in History can provide you with a strong intellectual foundation for lawyers and paralegals, litigation support, legislative staff work, and nonprofit foundations.
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