History, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in History

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Program Overview

The online History, Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is designed to provide students with well-rounded expertise in history and other social science disciplines that are highly applicable in today's workforce. 

Students of the History, BS online program benefit by gaining:

  • A working knowledge of past events, people, ideas and values in the United States and other parts of the world. 
  • An understanding of contemporary society from a historical perspective. 
  • A fully online program with flexibility to accommodate busy schedules. 
  • Invested faculty who are dedicated to the success of their students. 
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio, which ensures individual guidance necessary for a positive learning experience.  
  • Preparation for the pursuit of a graduate degree. 

Students take courses in history as well as courses with an emphasis in areas such as economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

Career Outlook: Graduates of the program often find careers in history, business, law, education or continue toward graduate studies. 

The study of history is an important cornerstone of any institution, which helps society understand different people and civilizations, provides identity and contributes to moral understanding. Historians research, analyze and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for historians is expected to grow by 6%, which is about the average rate.

Students with a degree in history can pursue careers as:

  • Historians
  • Archivists
  • Teachers
  • Curators
  • Museum Workers
  • Anthropologists
  • Archaeologists

Graduates from the UNK history program have interned and worked in the following places: 

  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Buffalo Country Historical Society
  • Civil War Remembrance
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Surf Ballroom
  • Glacier National Park
  • Library of Congress
  • University of Nebraska Press

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A high school diploma

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Advanced History Elective Courses

(24 credit hours)

A total of 24 credit hours in Advanced History electives are required. However, students must select advanced elective courses (HIST 300-HIST 499) from one of the following options: Advanced US History, Advanced European History, or Advanced Non-Western History. At least 9 credit hours of advanced history elective courses must be 400-level courses, while 15 credit hours can be 100, 200, or 300 level courses.

  • Advanced US History Option*. Select 9 credit hours. 
  • Advanced European History. Select 9 credit hours. 
  • Advanced Non-Western History. Select 6 credit hours. 

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Mark Ellis, Ph.D.
Professor, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies

Mark Ellis specializes in the history of the American West / Native American but also teaches courses on the Great Depression, World War II, American Sports, History and Film and Historiography. He has published numerous articles and a book on aspects of frontier law and legal culture.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.