Program Overview

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has been providing students with a flexible and convenient education since its founding in 1947. The school boasts “maximum convenience, flexibility, and a wide array of course selections” for its students, dedicating itself to helping adults with busy schedules earn an advanced degree. The school has many programs to fit a wide range of interests and needs. One such program is the Bachelor degree in History.

The History program at UMUC prepares students with research, analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills that are applicable in a wide range of career disciplines. Through the program, students learn to critically analyze historical works and appreciate and utilize the wide variety of research resources (archival, online, libraries, etc.). A heavy emphasis is placed on the development of writing skills, particularly focusing on critical analysis and building connections. Related careers include education, publishing, journalism, law, government, and more.

As a result of the coursework, students will have gained the skills necessary to effectively utilize and distinguish between primary and secondary sources. Students will additionally demonstrate a chronological understanding of events and people that shaped human civilization and provide research for a variety of situations and audiences.

This degree requires students to complete 120 credits in order to earn their degree. Those credits are further broken down into major classes (33 credits), general education courses (41 credits), and minor/elective requirements (46 credits). Major classes cover a variety of historical topics, including various periods in American History as well as the histories of other cultures like Japan, China, and Europe. The program culminates with a thesis project in which students take an in-depth look at a particular theme of interest to them. All degree requirements can be completed online.

Students have the additional option of extending their education with UMUC’s Master of Arts in Teaching extension program. Through this addition, students take a few extra credits and will earn both their Bachelor’s degree in History and their Master’s degree in Teaching, thus enabling them to become educators. While this extension is completely optional, students interested in teaching are encouraged to explore the program.

Persons interested in learning more about either program are invited to contact program faculty.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 

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