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Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts

Fall 2024 Start Date:

August 26, 2024

Spring 2025 Start Date:

January 6, 2025


In order to know where you are going, you need to know where you’ve been. This basic tenet is a foundational concept for Florida International University’s online BA in History students. Our program is forward-thinking, current and shapes graduates into leaders of tomorrow.

Globalization is a reality in today’s world. With emerging markets, evolving political states, and cultural conflicts, a bachelor’s degree in history will prepare you with a well-rounded regional view of the world’s most dynamic areas. Understand the complex interactions of the world’s cultures and develop the analytic skills needed to understand and change the world.

Students will gain critical skills for research, communication and investigative work as they learn about past societies and correlate these lessons to modern issues. Students will discover the causes and impacts of scientific and technological breakthroughs; environmental events; the formation, evolution and conflicts of family groups; mass migrations; wars, cultural encounters; and revolutions on regions across the world and from the ancient world to the present. The program covers art, religion, linguistic differences, and historical texts as well as philosophical thought on the cross sections of our shared human experience through time.

  • Why Apply?

    History students are trained to be critical readers, good writers, and astute analysts. They know how to find and identify relevant information, read and analyze large quantities quickly, notice patterns and trends, and articulate their finding clearly in writing and orally. These qualities are valued in almost every field.

    History students have a strong presence in fields like education, museums, and libraries, but the possibilities are much broader. History majors excel in fields like business, law, and government; medicine, public health, and social work; journalism and communications. Our graduates are well-equipped for graduate study and dominate programs in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education. They are also some of the best candidates for law schools.

    Related Occupations:

    • Education, including teachers, but also principles, and administrators

    • Archivists and Librarians

    • Lawyers

    • Social Media Specialists

    • Museum Professionals, including Curators, Educators, Conservators

    • Journalists and Writers

    • Higher Education, including professors but also advisors, admissions specialists, writing center coaches and other positions in the university

  • Courses

    Our courses are grounded in five geographic areas, the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. They span time from the Ancient World to today and focus on a wide range of historical topics including science and medicine, gender and sexuality, war, exploration and cultural contact, trade and economic history, the environment, families, race and much more.

    A brief selection of our online courses include:

    AMH 4671: Race, Gender and Science in Atlantic World

    ASH 3440: East Asian Civilization and Culture

    EUH 3193: The Black Death

    EUH 3400: Greek History

    LAH 3200: Latin America in the National Period

    LAH 4134: Abuse of Power in Colonial Latin America

    For a full list of current and upcoming courses, including online courses, please see our website

  • Requirements

    Common Lower Division Courses

    We recommend completing two of the following courses or their equivalent:*

    • AFH 2000 – African Civilizations

    • AMH 2041 – Origins of American Civilization

    • AMH 2042 – Modern American Civilization

    • AMH 2010 – American History 1607-1850

    • AMH 2020 – American History 1850-Present

    • EUH 2011 – Western Civilization: Early European Civilization

    • EUH 2021 – Western Civilization: Medieval to Modern Europe

    • EUH 2030 – Western Civilization: Europe in the Modern Era

    • LAH 2020 – Latin American Civilization

    • WOH 2001 – World Civilization

    * Check with an advisor to see if courses you have taken as Dual Enrollment or at another institution fulfill the lower division course requirement.

    Upper Division Program

    One course at the 3000 or 4000 level in each of the following areas:

    • Pre-Modern History of any Region

    • The United States

    • Junior Seminar: Approaches to History

    • Senior Seminar

    One course, at the 3000 or 4000 level, from any two of the four areas below:

    • Latin America

    • Africa

    • Asia

    • Modern Europe

    Any four additional History courses (at the 3000 or 4000 level)

    In addition to completing the History major, students are required to reach 120 total credits (including all accepted transfer credits), at least 48 of which must be upper division (3000-4000 level), complete the Foreign Language requirement, and complete two Global Learning courses. Please speak with your advisor to create a specific study plan tailored to your remaining requirements.

    To ensure every student's success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

    Steps to Apply

    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores.
    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official college transcripts.
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


    Returning Students

    Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted. FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.

       Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee
    • Updated official transcripts

    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
    • Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
    • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

    Program Admission Requirements

    • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.

  • Tuition

    We’re thrilled that you’re considering online education and want you to know exactly what to expect for tuition and fees. Education is an investment in your future. Use the following student tuition and fees calculator to determine your costs.

  • Top Faculty

    Saad Abi-Hamad Dr. Abi-Hamad is a scholar of Islamic and Middle Eastern History. His research focuses on interactions between Christian Europeans and Muslims in the Middle East, and their perceptions of one another, in both the medieval and the modern period. For his work, he has done extensive archival research in both Egypt and England. He teaches undergraduate courses on the Middle East, Islam and British imperialism. Dr. Abi-Hamad has also been able to reach a broader audience through participation in local and regional radio and television news and talk shows on issues related to the Middle East and Islam. Prof. Abi-Hamad received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.

    Jessica Adler Dr Adler is a scholar of modern American History. She specializes in the history of health systems and government policy, focusing on the development of the US Veteran’s Health system, as well as on medical care in prisons. Her work reaches a broad audience through publications in national news venues and through her work with the US Army Military Institute. She not only teaches courses in history, but is also a faculty member in FIU’s Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work.

    Alexandra Cornelius Dr. Cornelius is a scholar of American History. Her research focuses on the development of “racial science” during the nineteenth century, examining the ways that different groups of African Americans—enslaved and free, lettered and illiterate, male and female—addressed scientific theories of racial difference. She also encourages her students to think about how science can be used as a tool of resistance as well as one of oppression. Dr. Cornelius teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Modern US, the African Diaspora, and the intersections of science, race, and gender.

    Gwyn Davies Dr. Davies specializes in ancient European history and military history. Trained as an archaeologist, he has conducted extensive fieldwork of late Roman forts across the former Roman Empire. He is currently Director of the Be’er Shema Archaeological Project focusing on a late Roman-Byzantine urban site and related fort in the Northwestern Negev. Dr. Davies teaches undergraduate courses on the Ancient Mediterranean world and graduate courses on comparative military history.

    Hilary Jones Dr. Jones is a scholar of modern West African history. Dr. Jones’ research interests concern the social history of Africa, the French empire, and the ways that slavery, race, and gender all shape one’s social position. Her extensive fieldwork in Senegal resulted in her book The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa (Indiana University Press, 2013). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Africa, slavery, and the African Diaspora.

    Aurora Morcillo Dr. Morcillo is a scholar of modern Spain and women and gender history. She is interested in the ways that the Franco government imagined Spanish women and the was that women resisted both the regime and these gender roles assigned to them. For her numerous books on the subject, she regularly travels to the archives of Spain. Dr. Morcillo regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on Modern Spain, gender and memory.

    Okezi Otovo Dr Otovo is a scholar of modern Brazil and the social history of medicine. Her research connects the history of changing cultural and medical ideas about mothers and children to the actual experiences of poor black and brown families with regard to public health and social welfare. In addition to the department of history, Dr Otovo is a faculty member in African and African Diaspora Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern Latin America and the social history of medicine.

120 Credits Required

235.57 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees

648.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees

* Total tuition and fees are subject to change.


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  • Fully Online Degree
  • Every online undergraduate student is paired with a success coach
  • Average starting salary of $37,000
  • Learn in-demand analysis and research skills
  • Program starts: Fall, Spring, Summer
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