Best 2019 University/College History Programs Offering an Online Bachelor's Degree

Best 2019 University/College History Programs Offering an Online Bachelor's Degree

A reader of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table website sent this editor an email message recently. She wanted to know if I could add a link to the website of the University where she worked. Specifically, she wanted to promote her University's online bachelor's degree program in History.

She pointed out that people interested in the Civil War might be interested in History, especially American History, in general. Furthermore, online degrees offer maximum flexibility for working adults and retired seniors, the same demographic that makes up the vast majority of our Civil War Round Table membership. "Flexibility" denotes the fact that most online programs allow a student to start at any time and to work at their own pace.

It is also possible that these online History programs offer the possibility of demonstrating proficiency in a course by passing an online test and, thereby, not having to take the course. Credits from course work already taken at other institutions, in-person or online, are also sometimes transferable.

Rather than simply posting a link to the correspondent's University, I decided to scour the web for top 25 lists of online Universities/Colleges in 2019 where others have already done the legwork of gathering the data and generating the rankings based on stated criteria. Presented below is my collation of four such linked lists of rankings. Out of respect to the reader who was instrumental in piquing my interest in this subject, I have listed her school, Maryville University in St. Louis, MO first, even though it didn't appear in any of the four lists.

Four sources went into the table I created for Best 2019 University/College History Programs Offering an Online Bachelor's Degree:

A full course load leading to an online bachelor's degree in History typically requires 120 credit hours. Since North Carolina is not mentioned on any of the lists, I am limiting the following discussion of cost to out-of-state tuition. Out-of-state per-credit costs for an online bachelor’s degree in History typically range from $190 to $575. Therefore, students should expect to pay between a best case of $22,800 and a worst case of $69,000 in total tuition for the equivalent of a four year education. The average of those extremes would be $45,900.

Where a specific dollar amount of out-of-state cost per credit hour was not given, a relative rating system, if available, where "$" is least expensive and "$$$$$" is most expensive was used instead. Since one would be pursuing the degree online from home, there would be no additional room and board expenses beyond what one is already experiencing.

In comparison, here is a breakdown of the average tuition cost of four full years (120 credit hours) of attending college in person:

  • Public four-year (in-state): $39,880
  • Public four-year (out-of-state): $102,480
  • Private four-year: $138,960

So, the average online out-of-state cost of $45,900 for a bachelor's degree in History is a bargain compared to the in-person out-of-state costs. The high cost of education is having an effect on the long-term survival of Universities/Colleges in the U.S. A CBS report today stated that 25% of all Universities/Colleges are expected to close over the next 20 years. This is disheartening because one advantage in-person attendance in a place of higher learning bestows is valuable socialization skills, skills not learned online.

This article on best institutions offering online bachelor's degrees in history also appears in the September 2019 Raleigh CWRT Knapsack newsletter. In response to it, Matt Farina, editor of the newsletter for the Rusfus Barringer CWRT in Southern Pines, informed me that Jim Lighthizer, in his American Battlefield Trust newsletter, stated that only 23 of the top 75 colleges and universities (US News and World Report) require at least one course in American history as a requirement for history majors. A sad state of affairs, indeed.

In order to reflect the relative importance of appearing on more of the four top 25 ranking lists, the overall ranking of institutuions in the table below is adjusted by sorting those institutions to the top which appear on all four lists. Within that grouping, the institutions are sorted by order of average ranking from low to high. The second tier of ranking occurs for those institutions appearing on three of the four lists, and so forth.

Of all the listings in the table below, only Park University offers a specific online bachelor's degree in military history. Other than that, Southern New Hampshire University is the only one to offer an online bachelor's history degree with a concentration in military history. The others offer an online bachelor's degree in history with the option for a concentration in American history.

Considering all factors, including being highly rated by all four rating sources, having a relatively moderate cost, and a relatively high graduation rate, the best institution for receiving an online out-of-state bachelor's degree is Oregon State University in Corvallis. The University of Central Florida in Orlando and the University of Illinois at Springfield rank second and third, respectively.

Best 2019 University/College History Programs Offering an Online Bachelor's Degree

Table Key: NR = Not Ranked; ? = Info not available; Cost per Credit Hr is for out-of-state students

Adj.
Rank
Institution City State BC
Rank
BS
Rank
BV
Rank
US
Rank
Cost Per
Credit Hr
Enroll-
ment
Grad.
Rate Pct
00 Maryville University St. Louis MO NR NR NR NR $510 ? ?
01 OR State Univ. Corvallis OR 3 4 3 2 $297 5,948 96
02 Univ. of Central FL Orlando FL 1 2 9 3 $300 11,947 70
03 Univ. of IL at Springfield Springfield IL 7 8 4 5 $359 1,047 50
04 AZ State Univ. Scottsdale AZ 12 12 19 1 $520 36,464 54
05 Univ. of LA at Monroe Monroe LA 18 10 10 21 $400 882 41
06 Univ. of Memphis Memphis TN NR 3 12 10 $420 1,700 ?
07 Univ. of AZ Tucson AZ 9 14 NR 4 $500 1,493 64
07 Westfield State Univ. Westfield MA NR 18 1 8 $315 227 ?
09 Liberty Univ. Lynchburg VA 2 6 NR 20 $390 37,570 47
10 Sam Houston State Univ. Huntsville TX 8 NR 11 12 $234 2,565 51
11 Granite State College Concord NH NR 17 7 11 $355 2,053 ?
12 Univ. of WI - Milwaukee Milwaukee WI 17 NR 20 7 $337 3,389 41
13 Nicholls State Univ. Thibodaux LA NR 23 2 24 $275 654 ?
14 Ottawa Univ. Ottawa KS 23 21 14 NR $499 193 46
15 Univ. of North AL Florence AL 24 NR 17 19 $544 308 45
16 NW State Univ. of LA Natchitoches LA 14 15 NR 32 $375 ? 39
17 Harvard Div. of Cont. Ed. Cambridge MA 4 1 NR NR $$$ ? 65
18 Regent Univ. Virginia Beach VA 5 NR NR 6 $425 4,703 61
19 Univ. of ND Grand Forks ND 11 5 NR NR $300 ? 14
20 Excelsior College Albany NY 6 11 NR NR $$ ? 45
21 Univ. of MA - Dartmouth Dartmouth MA NR NR 5 14 $332 377 ?
22 Troy Univ. Troy AL NR NR 6 17 $338 4,401 ?
22 Univ. of MA - Lowell Lowell MA 16 7 NR NR $380 ? 60
24 Univ. of NE at Kearney Kearney NE 19 9 NR NR $$$ ? 61
25 Southern NH Univ. Manchester NH 10 19 NR NR $$$$$ ? 49
26 Thomas Edison State Univ. Trenton NJ 20 13 NR NR $$ ? 45
27 Valley City State Univ. Valley City ND NR NR 16 18 $190 280 ?
28 Univ. of ID Moscow ID 21 16 NR NR $$$ ? 09
29 Univ. of MD - Univ. College Adelphi MD 22 24 NR NR $$ ? 55
30 Bellevue Univ. Bellevue NE 25 NR NR 22 $415 5,821 17
31 Univ. of ME at Presque Isle Presque Isle ME NR NR 8 NR $373 1,414 ?
32 FL International Univ. Miami FL NR NR NR 9 $247 4,910 ?
33 Eastern OR Univ. La Grande OR NR NR NR 13 $240 1,443 ?
33 Judson College Marion AL NR NR 13 NR $495 327 ?
33 The Baptist College of FL Graceville FL 13 NR NR NR $350 ? 47
36 National Univ. La Jolla CA NR NR NR 15 $370 8,213 ?
36 TX State Univ. San Marcos TX 15 NR NR NR $$ ? 54
38 Columbia College Columbia MO NR NR NR 16 $375 12,283 ?
39 WA State Univ. Pullman WA NR NR 18 NR $565 30,142 ?
40 King Univ. Bristol TN NR NR 18 NR ? ? ?
41 Mount Mary Univ. Milwaukee WI NR 22 NR NR ? ? ?
42 Mary Baldwin Univ. Staunton VA NR NR NR 23 $460 698 ?
43 AR Tech Univ. Russellville AR NR NR NR 23 $452 ? ?
43 Ohio Christian Univ. Circleville OH NR 25 NR NR ? ? ?
45 Park Univ. Parkville MO NR NR NR 26 $399 ? ?
Adj.
Rank
Institution City State BC
Rank
BS
Rank
BV
Rank
US
Rank
Cost Per
Credit Hr
Enroll-
ment
Grad.
Rate Pct

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