History (BA)
Accelerated Program

Students pursuing the BA in history study the growth and development of human society from political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. Students learn to craft stories from materials other people have left behind --- constitutions, land deeds, diaries, guns and bones. They learn to make decisions about what to investigate, about whom to believe, about what happened first, and about why things fell apart or came together.

History is a discipline that constantly adopts new techniques of analysis and new ways of gathering and presenting information. Students of history learn to use and create digital media, to perform quantitative as well as qualitative analysis, and to present their findings in compelling ways to all kinds of audiences.

Degree Offered

History (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Freshman
Transfer
International
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Career Outlook

History majors are in demand. They know how to find and evaluate evidence, form arguments and present analysis --- skills essential to most careers including law, business, education, medicine and government.

Three out of four employers surveyed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities say they want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students develop five key learning outcomes: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written communication, oral communication and applied knowledge in real-world settings. These learning outcomes are integral elements of an undergraduate degree in history.

History majors seek jobs in:

  • business and industry
  • communications
  • education
  • foreign service
  • law enforcement
  • museums
  • public administration
  • social services

History is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional studies in:

  • business
  • history
  • justice studies
  • law
  • medicine
  • public administration
  • public history
  • theology

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Archivists6.8%$49,120
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists7.9%$44,070
Business Intelligence Analysts 3.3%$83,410
Chief Executives-1.2%$173,320
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents-1.2%$79,870
Editors-5.3%$54,890
Financial Analysts 11.7%$78,620
General and Operations Managers 7.1%$97,270
Historians1.7%$55,870
History Teachers, Postsecondary10%$66,840
Intelligence Analysts -1.2%$79,870
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Labor Relations Specialists-7.8%$56,950
Judicial Law Clerks-6.3%$48,640
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders, All Other
Curators8%$51,280
Museum Technicians and Conservators5.2%$39,940
Broadcast News Analysts-12.6%$61,450
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Legislators-0.7%$20,180
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Technical Writers10.2%$69,030
Producers9.1%$69,100
Video Game Designers 3.3%$83,410

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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