Online History Degree Courses

Dive in to the past, and prepare for your future. Your courses explore multiple regions and cultures, and conclude with a research-focused capstone course.

Below you will find the courses for this program beginning with the introductory courses.

Introductory Course
Major Course Requirements

Introductory Course

All Bachelor’s program students are required to successfully complete EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education as their first course. Students with zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits are also required to successfully complete the Student Success Orientation prior to enrolling in credit-bearing coursework. Following successful completion of orientation, students are required to successfully complete EXP 105.

Student Success Orientation
The orientation is designed to provide students with a complete overview of the Ashford University experience, prepare them for success in their courses, and help them to self-evaluate their readiness to succeed in an online classroom setting. Students will be instructed on Ashford University policies and the learning resources that are available to them through interactive videos and assessments. Students enrolled in orientation must successfully complete all assigned activities.

EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
This course is designed to help adult learners beginning their university studies to achieve academic success. Students will explore learning theories, communication strategies, and personal management skills. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving success in school and work. Students will also be introduced to the University's institutional outcomes and learning resources. A minimum grade of C- is required to successfully complete the course.

Major Course Requirements

(42 credits, all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Courses are listed in the recommended sequence.)

HIS 103 World Civilizations I 
This course is a study of the origins and development of the world's major civilizations from their beginnings through the seventeenth century. Emphasis is placed on the salient socio-economic, political and religious characters of the civilizations and the patterns of interaction among them.

HIS 104 World Civilizations II 
This course is a study of the development of and interactions among the world's major civilizations from the seventeenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on the rise and decline of European global dominance.

HIS 205 United States History I 
American history from the beginnings of European settlement through the Civil War. Emphasis is placed on the colonial sources of American nationality, the development of American political institutions, the evolution of American society, and the sectional crisis of the mid-nineteenth century.

HIS 206 United States History II
This course surveys American history from Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis is placed on the growing pluralism of American society, the effects of industrialization, the evolution of American political institutions and the increasing importance of the United States in world affairs.

POL 303 The American Constitution
This course is a study of the Constitution of the United States and its role in American history and government. The course covers the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, its subsequent amendment and interpretation, and its contemporary role in American politics and government.

LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives
This course is an examination of major socioeconomic developments in different countries including Japan, Germany, Sweden, the United States, and the developing nations. Topics include population, natural resources, energy, sustainable growth, and policies such as privatization and free trade agreements. Social and economic justice in the global economy is considered.

HIS 306 Twentieth-Century Europe
The history of Europe since 1900. Emphasis is placed on the changing nature of European society, the confrontation between totalitarianism and democracy, the origins and consequences of the two world wars, and Europe's evolving role in world affairs.

HIS 378 Historiography & Historical Methodologies 
This course provides students with an introduction to the practice of the discipline of history. It provides them with an overview of the ways historians have approached the study of the past since classical antiquity, acquaints them with the major approaches that characterize the discipline today, and equips them to use appropriate practices in historical research and writing.

HIS 340 Recent American History
This course will examine the foreign policy, political, cultural and social developments in the United States in the years after World War II.

HIS 311 Gender in History
This course examines the changing roles and relationships of individuals and groups within specific historical contexts in an exploration of gender’s centrality to the study of the past. Students will assess gender as a category of socially constructed difference that reveals the complexity of peoples’ experiences as historical actors. Starting from a broad discussion of gender history and theory, the course moves chronologically and geographically through major themes including the family, economic life, ideals and laws, religion, political life, education and culture, and sexuality. Within each topical area, emphasis is placed on the ways that gender is integral to other relations of power, which have affected human lives in multiple ways over time and place.

HIS 342 The Middle East
This course is intended to introduce students to the complex history of the Middle East, focusing on the development of the core region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among the most important topics we will discuss are the organization of the Ottoman and Safavid Empires, the nature and influence of the region’s relationship with Western countries, the impact of the discovery of oil in the region, the causes and course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the rise of nationalisms and Islamist movements, and the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011.

HIS 355 Decolonization in Asia, Africa, and the Americas
In this course, students will investigate the end of Western imperialism and the decolonization process within Asia, Africa, and the Americas via comparative analysis. Emphasis is placed on the legacy of imperialism in modern society, different nationalistic movements driving decolonization, the impact of decolonization on society and culture, the relationship between formerly colonized nations and their colonizers, and the impact of globalization in the post-colonial world.

HIS 379 The Atlantic World
The history of the Atlantic basin from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth, including the interactions of Africans, Europeans, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the societies their interactions produced. Themes covered include the Columbian exchange, migrations (forced and voluntary), empire-building, strategies of resistance, identity formation, and the transatlantic dimensions of the American and French Revolutions.

HIS 497 History Capstone: Advanced Research Project
Students will demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes of the history major by demonstrating the ability to conduct historical research using primary and secondary sources and by producing an original research paper on an approved topic.

If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.