Accelerated History Degree Online [2021 Guide]

An accelerated online history degree can help you start a career in history or any of its related fields.

Accelerated History Degree

Our reality is shaped by the historic events of yesterday from colonialism, disease epidemics, immigration, wars, industrialization, culture shifts, and environmental phenomena.

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You may take that understanding and apply it to situations today as a political scientist, economist, or teacher. Your degree might help you earn more than $100,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Types of Accelerated History Degree Programs

Your history degree will either be a Bachelor of Arts in History or a Bachelor of Science in History, but your concentration is where you get to delve into the topic you’re interested in.

You could get a history degree major in:

  • American History
  • Middle Eastern History
  • World History
  • Art History
  • Public History
  • Military History
  • Political History
  • History of Asia
  • Church History

Although your concentration will be influenced by the era you are most interested in, your history degree needs to be well-rounded and will likely include introductory history classes to cover most of the timeframes in history.

Courses for an Accelerated History Degree Program

Courses for an Accelerated History Degree Program

The purpose of a history degree program is to train you to be a competent and strong lifetime learner. You are not going to learn a set of job skills that limits you to one career. Instead, you may be learning HOW to think. You may learn how to critically examine history, ask big questions, and propose solutions for current problems based on past events.

Your history classes might cover eras and cultures from Europe, the United States, Asia, and Africa (and more). Your class list could include:

  • The Dawn of Europe: Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • The Emerging United States to 1865
  • Magic, Science, and Religion
  • Europe Between Renaissance and Revolution
  • Catastrophe & Memory
  • Media and Politics in Modern America
  • The Making of Modern Britain
  • The History of Imperial Russia
  • The Twentieth-Century American Presidency
  • Women and Gender in US History

If you are excited about that list of classes, you might be a history major in the making! These classes have the potential of not only teaching you about history but preparing you with skills for a great career.

Why Major in History?

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If you love history, don’t be afraid to get a degree in history! Many history majors study what they love and may either pursue an online master’s degree in history or take a double major in a practical field (such as business, economics, education, or management) to increase their odds of getting a job.

Pursuing a history degree can help prepare you for a rapidly changing world and economy by teaching you:

  • how to think critically
  • to write clearly about what you think
  • to read and analyze from a critical perspective
  • how to be an effective communicator

Those are the skills that can help you gain a satisfying and lucrative career!

Many history majors go on to pursue careers as:

  • lawyers
  • teachers
  • professors
  • doctors
  • biochemists

Or in fields like:

  • library science
  • business
  • museum studies
  • archeology
  • international relations
  • management
  • politics

Seven past US presidents held degrees in history, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Theodore Roosevelt. Even famous comedians and actors love history. Steve Carell, Conan O’Brien, Larry David, and Katharine Hepburn all started out with a history degree. (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Famous History Majors)

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Careers with an Accelerated History Degree

Careers with an Accelerated History Degree

Boston University cites a recent report that shows graduates from a history degree program typically earn a higher average salary than other humanities majors. Most of these history grads ended up working in management positions. Over 30% of history grads will work in business, and 23% are working for corporations.

A history degree does not mean your only option is to be a history professor!

The strong analytical and communication skills you learn may make you a good fit for many different roles. If you are interested in the history of business and capitalism, you might have a career in marketing. Martha Stewart, the queen of fancy projects that we can never copy, holds a degree in history.

In fact, careers in media, such as journalism, writing, and editing are popular examples of what you can do with a history degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some careers in the history field include:

Career Annual Median Salary
Lawyer $118,160
Political Scientist $114,290
Economist $101,050
Geographer $74,260
Anthropologist $63,190
High School Teacher $58,030
Public Relations Specialists $58,020
Editor $57,210
Museum Curator $47,230
Journalist $38,870

Depending on the employer, you may need additional education or work experience to qualify for some of these jobs.

The Benefits of an Online Accelerated History Degree Program

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Taking online accelerated classes offer three main advantages over traditional on-campus courses.

You can start when you want. Most online history degree programs have start dates every month. No waiting until next semester to start!

You move through each class more quickly. A traditional college semester lasts 16 weeks, with classes meeting 2 or 3 times a week. An accelerated online class lasts an average of 8 weeks.

You don’t have to change your schedule. Going to school online means you don’t need to show up to class at a certain time. No commuting either. You may do your coursework wherever you want, according to your schedule.

History Degree Accreditation

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Accreditation means that your school has gone through a lengthy and intensive review of the curriculum, faculty, and research that is used in your degree. Schools should be regionally accredited by one of these six boards:

Accreditation means that you can be confident that your history degree will be considered a real degree when you apply to graduate school or to a job that requires a bachelor’s degree.

Financial Aid

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Taking classes online is no different from taking them in person when it comes to financial aid. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get a report of how much money you may qualify for in grants and affordable loans. You should also look into:

  • Funds available from your state government
  • Scholarships from the school you plan to attend
  • Scholarships from private organizations and businesses
  • Tuition assistance or reimbursement from your employer

Paying for college is expensive, but these funding sources might help lower your final out-of-pocket expenses.

Dive Into the Story!

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You don’t have to choose between your love of history and getting a practical degree with online college classes. You can love taking all those history classes and can even declare a second major to give yourself more job opportunities. You might even complete your degree within two years from start to finish if you take accelerated classes year-round.

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Joy Cromwelle
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Joy Cromwelle
Joy is pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Policy & Foreign Policy and holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management, as well as a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Joy's focus is helping non-traditional students find accelerated degree options and credit for prior learning opportunities.