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B.S./B.A. in History

Explore Historical Threads in Today’s Culture

A history degree pairs you with published, tenured faculty and provides the critical thinking, reading and writing skills today’s workforce requires.

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • Unique Core and Elective History Course Topics
  • Gain Valuable Critical Thinking and Research Skills
  • Diverse Job Opportunities
  • Affordable Tuition

About the Bachelor’s in History

EOU’s online history degree prepares you for a variety of different career paths—our program is not just for future teachers. If you are interested in law school, graduate school, business, government or archival and research work, then this program is for you. In addition to historical knowledge, our curriculum is designed to teach you critical thinking, research and writing skills in addition to historical knowledge that will make you successful in a variety of fields.

Faculty in the history department are known for being wonderful collaborators and experts in their fields. You will get to work with these professors on your thesis/capstone project as you prepare for real-world positions. EOU history program alumni are currently in Ph.D. programs and teaching in primary and secondary classrooms. They also work in museums, law firms, small businesses, and government positions.

History Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online bachelor’s in history requires a core of courses including lower- and upper-division courses. Lower-division courses require credit hours focusing on U.S. and world history.

For the upper-division courses, choose at least two courses from each group: U.S. history, European/world history and Western/comparative/thematic history. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

The program culminates with three course requirements: investigating the past, historical research/methods and a thesis/capstone project mentored by a faculty member.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool.

“Graduating from the history department at Eastern Oregon University provided me with a solid foundation on which I could build my future career… The faculty taught me diverse histories from a variety of cultures and perspectives, as well as the importance of those histories to me in the present… They helped me to reach and exceed my expectations of myself.”
– Deneil Hill, 2010; History and Gender Studies; Binghamton, New York

Admission Requirements

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*only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

Online Experience

Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is just over $47,700. The cost per credit hour for EOU Online courses is $265.*

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

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Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Gain a historical background for the study of other disciplines
  • Develop the tools necessary for responsible citizenship
  • Emphasize the continuity of culture
  • Practice critical thinking skills in any field
  • Improve writing mechanics
  • Become an informed reader
  • Prepare for graduate study, if desired

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that historians make a median annual wage of $61,140.¹

Elementary school teachers make a median annual wage of $57,980,² while secondary teachers make $60,320.³

Museum technicians can earn around $48,400.⁴ If you work in consulting, administration, business or law, you could make even more with a history degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

Many of our students go on to graduate school, law school or become teachers at the elementary or secondary level. You will also be prepared for careers in teaching, public service, consulting, research, museums, archives and libraries. You could even move into public administration, business or law.

To engage with online students, our program provides online video lectures and livestream presentations. You could also become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Our diverse faculty have many areas of expertise and are made up of a mix of full-time and part-time professors.

The first step is to start your application.

The program has four start dates throughout the year in the summer, fall, winter and spring.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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¹Historians. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

²Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

³High School Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

⁴Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from