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B.A./B.S. in History — Online


This is a 180-credit undergraduate program, at the end of which you will earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Katie Hubler, Ecampus History Instructor Play

History instructor, Katie Hubler enjoys the interaction with online students and hearing about their areas of interest in History. Learn more about how History can come alive in the online classroom.

The degree requirements consist of these main areas:

  1. Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
    • HST 407 fulfills the WIC requirement
  2. History major
    • History surveys: 15 credits
    • Global historical literacy: 12 credits
    • History electives: 12 credits
    • History capstone courses:
      • HST 310 – The Historian's Craft (4)
      • HST 407 - Seminar (5)
  3. Electives: as needed to meet the 180-credit minimum to graduate

Students in the online History major will receive support from our instructors to develop writing, research, and critical thinking skills, in addition to mastering content. The smaller class sizes allow for more one-on-one interactions.

History majors may choose from a wide-range of online courses.  Online courses highlight the following themes:

Race, Diaspora, & Politics in the Atlantic World
HST 350  Modern Latin America, 1400-1810
HST 351  Modern Latin America, 1850 to present
HST 353  Slavery in the Americas
HST 369  Immigration to the US since 1880
HST 381  History of Africa before 1830
HST 382  History of Africa since 1840
HST 475  Civil War and Reconstruction

Armed Conflict, Genocide, & Society
HST 317  Why War: A Historical Perspective
HST 318  The American Military, 1865-present
HST 425  The Holocaust in its History
HST 475  Civil War and Reconstruction
HST 487  World War II: A Global History
HST 488  The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1995

Mediterranean & Middle Eastern History­­
HST 320  Ancient Near East
HST 322  Roman Republic
HST 385  The Arab-Israeli Conflict
HST 386  Modern Iran: Revolution and Aftermath
HST 390  Mideast Women: In Their Own Words

The American West & Environmental History
HST 468  History of the American West
HST 469  History of the Pacific Northwest
HST 481   Environmental History of the United States

Gender & Sexuality
HST 390  Mideast Women: In Their Own Words
HST 362  Women in United States History
HST 368  Lesbian and Gay Movements in Modern America

Science & Society
HSTS 417  History of Medicine
HSTS 419  Studies in Scientific Controversy: Methods & Practices
HSTS 422  Historical Studies of Science and Politics
HSTS 440  History of Psychotherapy

To view the history major requirements, please visit Oregon State's official General Catalog. And please check out the following pages if you need additional information about the baccalaureate core or the College of Liberal Arts core.

Transfer credit

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

Oregon State Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. Oregon State offers a diverse selection of minors online. For example, combine history and a business, anthropology or political science minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market.


Notice to all students: Due to Massachusetts Department of Higher Education guidelines, internships cannot be completed within the state of Massachusetts. Students intending to complete an internship in Massachusetts must work their academic advisors or department to make alternate arrangements.

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