History teaches you to understand past cultures and societies, and to be an engaged
citizen. You’ll learn persuasive writing and critical thinking to evaluate problems
and questions from multiple perspectives.
Why history online?
Because history is more than just a collection of facts about the past. History is
community, debate, identity and is our map to the present. The study of history enhances
knowledge of the self and gives perspective and deeper meaning to contemporary events.
Our courses give students an expansive understanding of the evolution of civilizations,
peoples, countries and institutions. With courses covering all geographic spaces and
time periods and particular specializations in U.S. West and military history, students
with a variety of interests and career goals will find a home in the Department of
History’s online program.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers comprehensive online degrees to fit your busy
schedule. Using the latest technologies, we put history courses within reach of students
who are not able to attend classes on campus or commit to full-time, face-to-face
enrollment due to the time constraints of working full-time or raising a family.
The history B.A. requires a total of 120 credit hours. Along with basic general education
and Arts and Sciences requirements, history students take two survey courses in world,
western, or eastern civilizations, a methods course titled “Introduction to the Study
of History,” thirty hours of upper-division history courses, twelve hours of upper-division
courses in related humanities or social sciences fields, and a senior research seminar
or project. The flexibility of the degree allows students to complete a minor or a
second major often without additional hours.
Find admission requirements for online, freshman, international, readmission, concurrent
and other students here:
Transfer Student Admissions and Transfer Credit Guide
You should apply as a transfer student if you have attempted a minimum of 7 semester
hours of college-level credit after graduation from high school. Want to know what
credits transfer? Check out the Transfer Credit Guide.
OSU offers undergrad online degree programs at a block rate tuition structure which means students taking 12-18 hours will be charged the same block rate whether
they take 12 to 18 hours in a semester. This helps students shorten the time to earn
their degrees and assists with financial budgeting. Additionally, OSU accepts transfer credit and all undergraduate students are eligible for scholarships awarded through the
university and college. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available
on the Bursar website.
2022-2023 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour
Total cost per 3-credit hour course
Semester Block Rate Tuition and Fees based on 15 hours
* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2022-2023 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they
factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if
not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer