Online History Degree Programs

College Degrees in History: Study the Past to Shape the Present
Our lives are based on decisions made in the past; what better way to understand our society then by studying the past? Our politics, transportation system, electronics, system of communication, and environment are influenced by the decisions our predecessors made. The State Department has an Office of the Historian, which collects documentation pertaining to foreign policy decisions. The Senate Historical Office documents historically significant Senate decisions and information. These events are referred to in order to help decision makers create public policy.

An individual with a college degree in history can work as a historian, librarian, museum curator, zoologist, university professor, or archivist. An archivist collects, categorizes, and preserves information of lasting value such as land grants, trends in history, and medical advances. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage in 2008 for an archivist was $48,220.

If you are currently employed and do not have the flexibility for a traditional education, you may want to consider an online degree program to get the training you need for a career in history.

History Teachers, Postsecondary$82,90021,12010.3%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

To be included in these rankings, all schools must meet the following initial criteria for the specific subject being ranked.

  1. Offer an undergraduate degree (either associate or bachelor’s) in that subject.
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in the most recent year of IPEDS data available.

Based on those criteria, we ranked all 2-year and 4-year schools in IPEDS that reported data for all of the following points. Ratings are calculated on a 10-point scale, using the weights specified.

  1. In-state undergraduate tuition & fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  3. Accessibility, based on admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  4. Institutional spending, based on two equally weighted factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
    • Instructional and academic support expenses per full-time enrolled student
    • Instructional and academic support spending as a percentage of all expenses
  5. Student-to-faculty ratio, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  6. Flexibility, based on the following factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
    • Percent of students enrolled fully or partly in distance education
    • Whether the school offers programs that can be completed entirely in the evenings and on weekends
    • Whether the school offers academic and career counseling
    • Whether the school offers job placement services for students who complete their programs
    • Whether the school offers any alternative tuition plans, such as a payment plan or guaranteed rate
  7. Size of program, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  8. Related subjects, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
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