Bachelor’s Degree – Online Admission

Application Process

Application Requirements

Technology Requirements

 

Application Process

Student credentials are evaluated first in Admissions and then forwarded to the History Program. Your application must satisfy the enrollment criteria of both in order for you to be considered for entry to the Online History Program. Remember, the program’s decision about your admission will be made only after all requested application information has been received.

Enrollment in the undergraduate online major is competitive; only 20 students per academic year are admitted into the program. For best consideration, applicants should submit all required materials no later than April 1st for the upcoming fall semester, or October 15 for the upcoming spring semester.

The History Online degree program will only consider applicants who live outside a 50 mile range of UIS. However, the department will consider applicants within this limit who have documented disabilities and meet all program qualifications.

We will write to acknowledge your application shortly after reviewing your application file. Please notify us if, in the interim, you change your mind about applying.

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Application Requirements

  1. To apply to the Online History Program, you must first have:
    • A minimum of 45 credit hours at the lower-division (freshman/sophomore) level
    • A grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
      • GPAs below a 2.5 will be given consideration; however, additional explanation regarding GPA must be provided in Statement of Intent
    • Access to the Internet and compliance with Technology Requirements
    • The study skills and dedication necessary to complete a degree online
    • RECOMMENDED: 6 semester hours of lower-division survey work in two distinct historical regions (e.g., 3 hours U.S. Civilization AND 3 hours Western OR World Civilization) from an accredited institution
      • Six semester hours of lower-division survey coursework is required for the History degree; however, applicants do not need to complete this requirement before admission.
  2. After acquiring all of the above, the next step in the admissions process is to follow the UIS procedure for online application.
  3. In addition to the general UIS admissions process, applicants who are applying to the Online History Program must submit a Statement of Intent (not to exceed 500 words) in which they discuss:
    • their ability to succeed in an online degree program, specifically the extent to which they possess good study skills, can work independently, can set and achieve both long-term and short-term goals, and can meet deadlines
    • Academic background
    • Rationale for pursuing a History degree
    • Rationale for wanting to complete the degree online at UIS
    • Other relevant experience
      • The statement of intent should be sent to the Program Coordinator, Candace Meserole, by email: cmese2@uis.edu or by mail to the following address:

History Department Program Coordinator
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, UHB 3050
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

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Technology Requirements

Students must have these minimum requirements in order to participate in online courses:

  • 333MHz Intel® Pentium® processor or equivalent
  • 604 PowerPC (200 MHz or better)
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 56Kbps modem
  • 65MB virtual memory
  • 16-bit sound card and speakers
  • Mac OS 8.1 or newer
  • 65,000-color video display card (video)
  • Internet connection and either Internet Explorer 5.5 or Netscape 4.7 or newer
  • Windows 98 operating system or newer
  • SOME classes might require CD-ROM

Those interested in the Online History major at UIS should participate in a browser test sponsored by the Center for Online Learning Research and Service. The results of this test will ensure that program candidates’ systems have the requisite tools and that they are working properly.

The results screen at the end of the browser test will help to download needed software.  The browser test assumes that hardware meets the requirements listed below.  If the computer does not meet these requirements, it will not be able to pass the browser test.

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