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Online Bachelor of Arts in History

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Application Deadline: July 22, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Build Future-Facing Skills with a Flexible Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in History is offered through LSU Alexandria and LSU Online. This versatile degree program takes a social science, evidence-based approach to history, providing practical skills and insights for students to build their careers and create a better future for everyone.

The coursework emphasizes developing 21st-Century skills like analysis, reading comprehension, effective writing, evaluation, research, and presentation. The degree is highly flexible and can be tailored to match the student's specific career aspirations. It is also compatible with other programs. Graduates of this program will be well-prepared for a range of opportunities, including graduate programs in history and law, careers in education and public history, and other employment or entrepreneurial ventures.

Military students and transfer students are welcome!

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Flexible Program

This online program allows students the flexibility to choose courses that interest them and align with their goals, making it especially attractive to transfer students.

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Expert Faculty

Our faculty members are highly-qualified and experienced instructors with a wealth of knowledge and practical skills. These are the same faculty who teach the on-campus courses.

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Internships Encouraged

Students who earn this degree are encouraged to gain practical skills and hands-on experience through internships.

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Learn Practical Skills

The online B.A. in History teaches a wide range of hard and soft skills that are transferable to several careers in the public and private sectors.

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Cost Online Bachelor of Arts in History

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $325

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $9,750

Total cost with fees: $39,000

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSUA degree. For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

LSU Online offers financial aid to those who qualify.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Bachelor of Arts in History

The online Bachelor of Arts in History requires 120 credit hours with 45 credit hours of open electives.

Your personal credit requirements could be less depending on transferable credits and credit earned from prior learning assessments.

General Education Requirements (39 credits)
ENGL 1001 - English Composition I  3
ENGL 1002 - English Composition II 3
General Education Social Science (POLI 2051 and GEOG 1001 or GEOG 1003 are recommended)  6
General Education Math (An algebra and statistics sequence is recommended)  6
General Education Natural Science* 9
General Education CMST 3
General Education Humanities (HIST 1001 and HIST 1003 are recommended)  6
General Education Fine Arts Credits: 3 (fine arts, music, theatre)  3
Major Requirements (21 credits)
HIST 2055 - American History I 3
HIST 2057 - American History II  3
3000/4000-Level History Electives 15
Concentration Requirements - General History (15 credits)
3000/4000- Level History Electives 9
Social Science Electives 6
Electives (45 credits)
English Literature Elective  3
Foreign Language Electives  6
Free Electives  36
Total Credits 120

*Natural Science: Students can take either 6 hours of Biology and 3 hours of Physical Science or 6 hours of Physical Science (in a single discipline) and 3 hours of Biology.

Admission Requirements Online Bachelor of Arts in History

For university acceptance, first-time freshman must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0

Transfer students to LSUA must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • Have earned at least 12 hours of college-level credit from LSUE or CLTCC Bridge Program, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission requirements and be in good standing with their previous institution.

Career Opportunities Online Bachelor of Arts in History

  • Historian
  • Archivist
  • Teacher
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Museum Curator
  • Librarian
  • Paralegal
  • Researcher
  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Records Manager
  • Conservation Officer
  • Market Research Analyst

What Will I Learn? Online Bachelor of Arts in History

Students who graduate with the online Bachelor of Arts in History will gain the skills to solve complex problems in various contexts, careers, and industries.

Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the main themes of history as identified by the history department faculty
  • A working knowledge of the tools of information technology (the “tools” include but are not limited to internet, digital and print materials including scholarly journals, primary resources, etc.)
  • Competence in research methodologies, including the ability to organize and present the results of historical research (this may include written as well as oral components)
  • Critical thinking skills appropriate to the study of history
  • The ability to summarize and synthesize large volumes of information and content
  • Cultural and social awareness of various civilizations, people, governments, social relations, and more

Why Choose LSU Alexandria’s Online Bachelor of Arts in History? Online Bachelor of Arts in History

The online bachelor’s degree in history offers students a well-rounded education and practical skill set that can be applied in almost any field. Students can tailor this flexible degree according to their specific career goals, and the online nature of the coursework allows learning to happen on a student’s schedule. Our passionate faculty members are dedicated to helping their students get the most out of their programs and achieve their goals. Additionally, since LSUA offers one of the most affordable tuition rates in the country, students can earn their degree without overwhelming themselves financially.

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Take the first step forward by completing the form and our enrollment team will contact you soon to discuss:

  • Additional information on the Bachelor of Arts in History online program
  • Financial aid options (employer funding, military benefits)
  • Receiving credit for past education (transfer, professional development)
  • The admissions process and timeline

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