Historical Studies (B.A.)

Historical Studies (B.A.)
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  Online Program

This online program will further develop your skills in critical thinking, research, writing, argumentation, and documentation.

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


What is Historical Studies?

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Historical Studies hones the skills of critical thinking, analytical reading, effective writing, and information synthesis. The B.A. in Historical Studies provides a sound foundation for a variety of careers and generalizes well to a range of industries. The degree also provides the necessary background for further study for those seeking a graduate degree in history or historic preservation, education, or in a closely related field such as law or political science.

This program provides both breadth and depth of historical studies. Students receive a strong foundation in U.S. and World History, as well as options to focus on specific topics in upper level courses. Primary source interpretation and "going to the source," is central to their study of the past. Students have the freedom to choose a historical topic of their choice for their final capstone project or develop an internship which also requires a research component.

Why study Historical Studies at UNH College of Professional Studies?

This program will further develop your skills in critical thinking, research, writing, argumentation, and documentation. In your courses, you’ll gain a  sound foundation for a variety of careers and generalizes well to a range of industries. Since knowledge of the past is so important in understanding who we are today, a student in this program develops skills in assessing the causes, consequences, and significance of historic events and the forces that shaped them. This is a flexible program that is completely online yet it also provides students the opportunity to complete a degree program that meets the requirements for a broad range of graduate and post-bacc programs, such as teacher's certification, Master's of Library Science, Archives and Collections, Project Management, and Research, or the Legal Field. While some degrees require additional education, the skills that students develop in a historical studies program provide a strong foundation for a variety of different careers. Please reach out to the Program Director or Director of Career Services to discuss your career goals or personal interests in greater depth.

Many well-known personalities were history majors, such as Edward Norton, Conan O'Brien, Steve Carell, Bill O'Reilly, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Hughes, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy.

Potential Career Areas

  • Historians
  • Teachers
  • Public Service
  • Political Scientists
  • Archivists
  • Curators
  • Museum Technicians and Conservators
  • Non-Profit and Cultural Organizations
  • Business & Consulting

Course Highlights


  • Great Civilizations
  • Historical Methods
  • Topics in World History
  • American Government and Politics
  • U.S. History to 1865
  • U.S. History: 1865 to Present
  • European History: Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution
  • Historical Methods
  • Themes in World History

…and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

Students pursuing an associate degree at their local community college are encouraged to explore our Transfer Pathway! This resource lists the courses your associate degree should contain at your community college, as well as the remaining courses you’ll need to take at UNH College of Professional Studies to complete your bachelor’s degree!

View Your Transfer Pathway

  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Curriculum & Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Historical Studies hones the skills of critical thinking, analytical reading, effective writing, and information synthesis. The B.A. in Historical Studies provides a sound foundation for a variety of careers and generalizes well to a range of industries. The degree also provides the necessary background for further study to those seeking a graduate degree in history or historic preservation, or in a closely related field such as law or political science.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
HIS 410 United States History to 1865 4
HIS 411 United States History: 1865 to the Present 4
General Education or Foreign Language 4
 Credits16
Spring
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
HIS 402 Great Civilizations 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
ART 550
or HUMN 502
or POL 450
or POL 554
Art History: Western World
or American Popular Culture
or American Government and Politics
or Law and Society
4
General Education or Foreign Language 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
HIS 512 European History: Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution 4
HIS 590 Historical Methods 4
General Education or Foreign Language 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
HIS 611 Themes in World History 4
CRIM 707
or HIS 602
or HIS 718
or HIS 727
or POL 690
Constitutional Law
or History of New England
or History of World War II
or Vietnam War: An Historical Perspective
or The US in World Affairs
4
General Education or Language Requirement 4
 Credits16
Spring
COM 665
or COM 590
or ENG 590
Media and Strategic Communication
or Professional Communication
or Expository Writing
4
HIS 602
or HIS 718
or HIS 727
or CRIM 707
or POL 690
History of New England
or History of World War II
or Vietnam War: An Historical Perspective
or Constitutional Law
or The US in World Affairs
4
General Education or Foreign Language 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
HIS 718
or HIS 602
or HIS 727
or CRIM 707
or POL 690
History of World War II
or History of New England
or Vietnam War: An Historical Perspective
or Constitutional Law
or The US in World Affairs
4
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
Elective 4
 Credits12
Spring
HIS 797
or HIS 795
Integrative: Project in History
or Integrative Capstone: Internship in History
4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement*
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
 
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

ENG 420
The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Historical Studies
Foundational Courses
HIS 402Great Civilizations4
HIS 410United States History to 18654
HIS 411United States History: 1865 to the Present4
HIS 512European History: Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution4
Select one of the following:4
ART 550
Art History: Western World
or HUMN 502
American Popular Culture
or POL 450
American Government and Politics
or POL 554
Law and Society
Intermediate Courses
HIS 590Historical Methods4
Select one of the following:4
COM 590
Professional Communication
or COM 665
Media and Strategic Communication
or ENG 590
Expository Writing
Advanced Courses
HIS 611Themes in World History4
Select three of the following:12
CRIM 707
Constitutional Law
or HIS 602
History of New England
or HIS 718
History of World War II
or HIS 727
Vietnam War: An Historical Perspective
or POL 690
The US in World Affairs
Integrative Capstone
HIS 795Integrative Capstone: Internship in History4
or HIS 797 Integrative: Project in History
Total Credits48

Electives

Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

*

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires proficiency in a foreign language. This requirement may be fulfilled by completing the equivalent of a full-year elementary-level course in a language not previously studied, or by completing the equivalent of a semester of a course in a foreign language at the intermediate or higher level, or by earning credit through an approved Advanced Placement or College Board foreign language achievement test (minimum scores vary). The proficiency in a foreign language requirement must be satisfied by the end of the sophomore year. No credit is awarded for elementary year college coursework if the student has had two or more years of that language in high school. It is strongly advised that students check with academic departments to identify department-advised specific foreign language proficiency options.

Note: A student with a documented disability who wishes accommodation on the basis that the disability will prevent them from successfully mastering a foreign language requirement, or whose foreign language requirement was waived in high school because of a documented disability, must contact  Student Accessibility Services, Smith Hall, (603) 862-2607 (Voice/TDD).

  • Appraise and contextualize information in order to convey both the particularity of past lives and the scale of human experience.
  • Evaluate the multiple causes of complex events and phenomena using a multitude of sources and perspectives.
  • Analyze U.S. history from the period of native peoples through the present.
  • Explore world history, emphasizing major trends that influenced multiple nations and regions.
  • Investigate the contributions and experiences of diverse peoples to national and world events.
  • Craft well-supported historical narratives, arguments, and reports of research findings in a variety of media using discipline-specific writing and citation conventions.

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