Online History, BS | University of Nebraska at Kearney

History, BS

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $255.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $387.00

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Get the same diploma as on campus students

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 todays 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 pursuit of a graduate degree.

Students take courses in history as well as courses with 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 Historians research, analyze and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources.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

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

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


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Application Deadlines

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

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. 



Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Written Communication3

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: discern a writer’s argument or purpose, use appropriate sources responsibly, use context-appropriate conventions of written English, form and support a coherent position on an issue and write in a manner appropriate to the audience and context. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Math3

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: apply mathematical logic to solve equations, describe problems using mathematical language, solve problems given in mathematical or statistical tools, interpret numerical data or graphical information using mathematical concepts and methods, construct logical arguments using mathematical language and concepts and use mathematical software effectively. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Oral Communication3

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: evaluate appropriate sources, utilize effective verbal and non-verbal expressions, deliver effective speeches appropriate to the context, orally present a coherent position on an issue and assess oral argumentation as a critical consumer. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Democracy in Perspective3

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: explain the roles that democratic concepts, including individual rights, play in a just democracy, analyze how citizens engage in democracy and evaluate democratic practices across different contexts (such as settings, time, socioeconomic conditions, cultures and political boundaries). Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Portal Course3

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: analyze critical issues confronting the individual and society, including a global context, interpret an argument through engaged discourse within the discipline and construct a cogent argument pertaining to the course topic. Students are encouraged to take the Portal course in a discipline other than their intended major or minor.

Capstone Course3

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: evaluate information from more than one academic discipline, formulate logical connections between disciplines as they relate to the topic, employ the approach of more than one academic discipline in completing a capstone project, synthesize knowledge related to the topic in completing a capstone project and communicate effectively in the medium chosen for the capstone project.

Introduction to Academic Writing3

Course Number:

A study of the art of composition with special emphasis on the writing process and on essay form. Students study methods of invention and arrangement and hone their stylistic, grammatical and punctuation skills. Prerequisite: ENG 100A or English ACT score of 15 or greater.

Aesthetics3

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: articulate the relevance of the aesthetics course to their general education, explain the significance of a work of art within its context (i.e., cultural, historical), identify the structure of a work of art by describing its elements, interpret a work of art using concepts appropriate to its medium and distinguish between works of art from various time periods and cultures. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Humanities6

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: articulate the relevance of the Humanities course to their general education, analyze primary sources using methodologies appropriate to disciplines in the Humanities, create coherent positions based on the interpretation of primary sources, communicate effectively using the modes of discourse appropriate to the discipline and evaluate primary sources in cultural, historical, literary or philosophical contexts. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Social Sciences6

Course Number:

The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: articulate the relevance of the Social Science course to their general education, describe basic concepts and methods used in a social science discipline, demonstrate how basic concepts and methods from a social science discipline explain individual or group behavior, evaluate the connection between social science research and social or political policy and apply concepts and methods from a social science discipline to social science research. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Natural Sciences7

Course Number:

7 credit hours from at least two disciplines. The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: articulate the relevance of the natural science course to their general education, explain how knowledge of natural science is applicable to their lives, apply appropriate scientific methodology within one of the natural sciences, evaluate the validity and limitations of scientific theories and claims and analyze scientific data acquired through laboratory experiences in one of the natural sciences (for lab courses only). Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Required Analytical & Quantitative Thought0-6

Course Number:

0 credit hours required; a maximum of 6 credit hours count as General Studies credit. The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: articulate the relevance of the analytical and quantitative thought course to their general education, express formal relationships using various forms of analytical reasoning, define problems using techniques appropriate to the discipline, solve problems using techniques appropriate to the discipline, draw appropriate inferences from data in various forms and evaluate analytical results for reasonableness. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Wellness0-6

Course Number:

0 credit hours required; a maximum of 6 credit hours count as General Studies credit. The courses in this category are designed to develop and demonstrate the following abilities: articulate the relevance of the wellness course to their general education, describe components of wellness, recognize the potential consequences of personal choices, analyze the roles of society in wellness promotion and develop an action strategy for wellness. Speak with an adviser to review specific course options.

Required Courses in History6

Course Number:

Students choose 6 credit hours from the following courses: HIST 250 - American History (1492-1865); HIST 251 - American History (1865-present), CSIT 108 - Computers in Society.

Required Course(s) in Western Civilization3-6

Course Number:

Students choose 3-6 credit hours from the following courses: HIST 210 - Western Civilization or HIST 211 - Western Civilization.

Required Courses in World History0-3

Course Number:

Students choose 0-3 credit hours from the following courses: HIST 212 - Non-Western World History, HIST 215 - Introduction to Latin America.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Elective Hours24

Course Number:

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $255.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $312.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $765.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $936.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $387.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $444.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1161.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $1332.75

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