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B.S. History Overview

If you enjoy reading and exploration, figuring out causes and encountering new things, the online Bachelor of Science in History at King University can help you turn your interest into an exciting and rewarding career.

The study of history helps students grasp the roots of civilization, understand people from different periods and places, and appreciate the role of individuals who have shaped their world. At King, our online history degree program is designed to provide you with a varied foundation in a fascinating subject. You’ll study a range of key topics and time periods, such as:

  • The Civil War
  • Europe during WWI and WWII
  • The Cold War
  • The Middle Ages
  • Africa and Colonialism
  • The Atlantic World
  • History of Science
  • How to evaluate historical writing
  • Public history, including historical sites and museums
  • How to do historical research
  • How Christian faith and the study of history intersect

In addition, the program helps you develop skills widely demanded in the workforce, such as verbal and written communication, research and inquiry, and critical thinking. Our online history degree can lay the groundwork for you to advance your studies and earn your education licensure for grades 6-12.

Because our online history degree is offered in a fully digital format, you’ll have the opportunity to study without sacrificing other commitments. An online degree allows you to attend class when and where it’s right for you, and gives you the flexibility to study at your own academic pace. The program can be completed in 16 months.

The B.S. in History Degree is Designed for…

  • Individuals who want to gain the academic groundwork necessary to obtain their education licensure for grades 6-12
  • Working adults with some college credit seeking a four-year degree that can be applied to almost any profession
  • Those passionate about a broad range of historical eras and topics


King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of King University.

Courses and Requirements

Our online history degree requires 48 semester hours (12 courses) of major coursework. To graduate from King University, students must complete a total of 124 semester hours, which includes a mixture of major courses, general education core courses, and additional courses which may come from credit transfers or electives.

Course of Study

To graduate from King University with a baccalaureate degree, all students must have earned 30 semester hours of Common Experience and General Education courses. These courses include Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice, Citizenship, English Composition, Human Creative Products, Quantitative Literacy, Science, and additional credit hours from General Education courses.

Students must earn a total of 38 semester hours of General Electives.

Course # Title Description Credits
HIST 2161 The United States to 1877 This course covers the colonial origins of the United States and formation of the American governmental system, the development of an American identity, the Westward movement, versions of American democracy, the development of Southern sectionalism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. 4
HIST 2162 The United States from 1877 to Present This course covers the economic, social, and industrial development of modern America, the United States’ various roles in world affairs, and social, cultural, and intellectual trends throughout the period. Also includes American involvement in World War I and II, the civil rights and other 20th century movements, and the Cold War. 4
HIST 3000 Professional Historian: Historical Study and Writing Required of all history majors and minors and taken during the student's Sophomore or Junior year, this seminar focuses on the methodology of historical research and writing through the medium of research projects based on primary and secondary source materials. An introduction to historiography and exploration of careers in history also serve as fundamental elements of the course. 4
HIST 3001 Public History While many Americans claim to dislike history as a school subject, they spend their spare time visiting historic sites, watching movies about historic events, doing genealogical research, or reading historical fiction. These activities fall in the realm of "Public History." This course is designed to introduce students to the theory, methods, issues, and practice of history outside the classroom. Students will explore the many ways in which people package, convey, and consume history. Students in the course will explore the fascination with the past and recognize the challenges and opportunities of historical work in historic sites, museums, oral history, archives, and other public history settings. 4
HIST 3010 Cultures in Contact: The Middle Ages The foundations of modern European society from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance, with stress upon the religious, aesthetic, and intellectual forces of medieval Europe. 4
HIST 3030 Cultures in Contact: The Atlantic World, 1440-1888 This course introduces students to a global community connected by the Atlantic Ocean from 1400 to 1888. This zone of cultural interaction was the cradle of democracy and the modern nation state but also the location of the dehumanizing and brutal African slave trade and the deconstruction of many indigenous American societies. 4
HIST 3120 Europe and the Great Wars The First World War, Europe between the two wars, and the development of fascism and totalitarianism mark 20th century European history. This course also includes the role of nationalism and imperialism, and the influence of democratic and socialistic ideas during this period, as well as a comprehensive survey of the second world war and its immediate aftermath. 4
HIST 3650 Cultures in Contact: Islam, Christianity and Colonialism in Africa From the Atlantic slave trade to the current crisis in Africa, this course takes a look at sweeping historical change African peoples have experienced and shaped. Topics covered include colonialism, African countries’ struggle for independence, the introduction and spread of Islam and Christianity on the continent, and challenges to the modern African state. 4
HIST 3730 The Civil War This course spans the decades prior to and after the Civil War, America’s greatest period of civil strife. We will cover causes of the conflict, roam across battlefields, witness the vulnerability of the home fronts, and investigate the attempts made to resolve the conflict during the era of Reconstruction. Important questions of slavery and emancipation, dissent and opposition to the war, spiritual and cultural impacts, and legacies of the war on American politics, society, and values will be the main topics of the course. We will concentrate on the social, political, and economic aspects of the war; this is not a course in military history, but we will learn about battles and wartime conditions. This class will expose students to a variety of sources on the conflict, including scholarly books and articles, memoirs, fiction, and primary historical documents. 4
HIST 3770 Science in Culture: Inquiry in the Laboratory and Field The laboratory has long been a space for exploring scientific principles and expanding the knowledge of what humans know about the world. The scientific inquiry moved outside in lab into “the Field,” challenging notions of objectivity. This course examines the history of science focusing on important discoveries, evolutionary thought, genetics, field biology, and nuclear science. Students will analyze the approaches scientists have taken to understand the biggest questions of the human experience; the origin of life, how the natural world works, and the ways science and society intersect. This is a course beneficial to both students of science and the humanities, bridging the disciplinary gap. 4
HIST 3755 The Cold War: History and Politics The Cold War has been described as “the most widespread international confrontation in history.” Indeed, far from being simply a prolonged standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Cold War defined the ideology of an entire era. From the formation of NATO, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the Vietnam War and beyond, decisions made in the context of the times shaped the lives of billions of people. Their major repercussions upon nearly every aspect of human endeavor are still traceable today, as human societies continue to experience the seismic aftereffects of the Cold War’s dramatic closing stages. 4
HIST 4001 History Seminar This course focuses on specialized topics. It requires a research paper or other research project demonstrating mastery of the skills and a sophisticated demonstration of content knowledge in history. 4

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Admission Requirements

Students applying for the online history degree program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must have previously earned 45 semester hours to gain admission into an online bachelor’s program at King. These hours may be applied to the general education, major, or general electives requirements of the program. If a student has fewer than 45 hours, they must complete King’s Pathway program to obtain the necessary credits before declaring their major.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Students with less than a 2.2 high school GPA may be considered and accepted on a conditional basis provided they are able to demonstrate their plans to succeed in the program.

General Admission Requirements
General requirements for admission to King University include graduation from an accredited or recognized high school, GED, or secondary institution with a minimum of 16 academic units, distributed as follows:

  1. Four units of English
  2. Two units of algebra (Algebra I & II)
  3. One unit of geometry
  4. Two units of foreign language
  5. Two units from history and social studies
  6. One unit of natural science
  7. Four units of other academic electives

Students educated at home should follow the same procedures as any other candidate for the freshman class.

Students should present a high school transcript and documentation, or its equivalent.

How to Apply

Students applying for the online history degree program must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed online application
  2. An official transcript request form. A scanned copy may be emailed to your Enrollment Counselor.

Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Request a brochure and get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors.

Tuition & Fees

King University helps minimize the cost of your education through our transfer credit policy. We will accept up to 76 transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Full Program Tuition$305 per semester hour$37,820
Full Program Fees$100 Technology Fee (per course)
$125 Graduation Fee (one-time)
Full Program Total$41,045
Tuition with maximum transfer credits (Up to 76)$305 per semester hour$14,640
Fees with maximum transfer credits $100 Technology Fee (per course)
$125 Graduation Fee (one-time)
Total with Transfer Credits$15,965

Career Outcomes

Graduates of King University’s online history program may choose to pursue careers as:

  • History teacher (grades 6-12)
  • Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Information manager
  • State representative
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