Online Bachelor's in History

The Online History degree program is identical to the on-campus program, except for admission requirements. The online program allows you to participate actively in dynamic, diverse, and interactive learning communities and to complete your degree in their own time and at their own pace. The asynchronous online format enables you to complete course work using the latest networked information technologies for increased access to educational resources, advisers, and materials.

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Why Earn Your History Degree Online at UIS?

Small Class Sizes and Personalized Attention

High-Quality, Respected University of Illinois Degree...from Home

Proven Track Record of Alumni Career and Academic Success

Work with Established Scholars Who Are Experts in Their Fields

Flexibility: Wide Range of Courses on Your Schedule

Be Part of an Online Community of History Students

Online History Degree Admissions and Curriculum

Students holding an associates degree or who have earned at least 30 credit hours can complete the History BA entirely online. You can begin your studies in the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. Click below to visit the UIS Catalog pages for details about applying to the online History BA and curriculum details.

World History Concentration

The World History Concentration requires 15 hours of course work at the lower and upper division; students can also combine that expertise with additional experiences such as study away, internships, or foreign language training for credit.

History Honors Program

The UIS History Department Honors program is designed to provide an opportunity for the highest-performing students in the major to develop skills above and beyond what is required of the typical History B.A. student. The Honors program focuses on developing skills that will assist high-performing students in applications to graduate and professional schools.


UIS offers over 250 institutional scholarships, including several specifically for History students. To apply for scholarships, students need to complete the Scholarship Application, available on Financial Aid's Scholarships website.

About Our Faculty

Online History classes are taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach our in-person courses. Their expertise ranges from the ancient to recent past, from all corners of the globe. All History faculty are experienced online teachers, and take pride in their roles in creating and managing one of America's most sought-after online History degrees.

Professor Barnwell teaching students outside
Professor Kristi Barnwell

Each semester, the History Department offers several online-only courses, designed by our professors who are established leaders in their fields of study. A sampling of recent offerings:

  • Making of the West
  • The History of Everywhere
  • Popular Culture in U.S. History: From Barnum to Beyoncé
  • U.S. Women's History
  • Conflict in the Middle East
  • Alexander the Great
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Women and Gender in the US South, 1607-1877
  • The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia

Student Testimonials

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"The UIS Online BA in History allowed me to reach my goals with the flexibility I needed. The faculty gave me opportunities to pursue experiential learning that was relevant to my future career goals.

I credit UIS with giving me the foundational skills necessary to become an archivist with the National Archives and inspiring me to continue to participate in academics as an adjunct history professor."

Tara Bachelder '16

Kimberly Dacas Wilson graduating at the UIS 2024 Commencement ceremonies

"I started at UIS in 2021 after deciding I needed to finish the degree I began several years ago. The knowledge I gained from the world-class professors in the History Department is information I can use in life. The faculty are caring, will help you, and want you to succeed, something I was not used to at the other university I attended.

The education you will gain from the online courses will benefit you for a lifetime. The online program is a great way to complete your degree and still get the same support as if you attended classes in person. You become a community with your professors and classmates. I completed the degree while working full-time as a hospital operator.

After graduation, I will be a community health worker. I can use the skills I learned from the online history degree, like researching and critical thinking, to serve my patients. Being a history major allows you to be more than just a teacher. You can be an asset in various careers. I am so thankful for this program."

Kimberly Dacas Wilson '24

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