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Bachelors of History

Bachelors of History

As a history major at Ohio University, you will have the opportunity to work with full-time faculty who are noted for their exceptional teaching abilities and have reputations as accomplished scholars. Each faculty member seeks to inspire their students to explore important and fascinating aspects of the discipline of history. Courses in American, European, African, Asian, Latin American, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern history are offered, presenting the student with a wealth of possibilities not found in many history departments.

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OHIO Chillicothe first-year students received financial aid in Fall 2021*

History Courses

Complete a total of 33 semester credit hours of HIST coursework, including all of the requirements below.


History Major Part I

Introductory History Courses

Three introductory level courses, one in each of the following areas:

Component A: European History
Component B: World History
Component C: United States History

Historical Research and Writing

  • HIST 3111J - Historical Research and Writing
  • This course also fulfills the BRICKS requirement for advanced writing.

History Major Part II

Section I- Elective Courses

In addition to HIST 3111J, complete a total of 21 hours of history courses at 3000 and above. These courses should include at least one course in each of the following chronological periods and geographical areas.

Section 2: Chronological History Course Requirement

Component A: Pre-Modern History

Component B: Early Modern History

Component C: Modern History

Section 3 - Geographical History Course Requirement

Component A: World History

Component B: European History

Component C: North American History

Almost all of the 3000-level courses count toward both a chronological and a geographical area. For example, HIST 3231 (Latin American History: From Independence to the Present) counts as both “Modern History” and as “World History.”


    Potential Careers

    History majors at Ohio University have gone on to successful careers in business, government service, publishing, teaching, consulting, medicine, law, and museum work.

    • As of 2023, Historians earn an annual median wage of $76,120 annual.
    • Employment demand for Historians is projected to grow by 2-4% by 2032.

    Tuition and Fees

    The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for college and provides a fixed rate table for tuition and most fees for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters). 

    Financial aid for undergraduate students (regardless of discipline) is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. Visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn more.


    West Virginia and Kentucky Residents

    Exploring the Southern or Eastern Campus? Residents of West Virginia can now qualify for in-state tuition. Kentucky residents in nearby counties can qualify for in-state tuition at OHIO Southern or Athens. Access the resources of a large, public university at an affordable, regional campus rate.


    Learning Environment

    The History program features a unique learning environment complete with multimedia classrooms.

Program Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

Anyone who holds a high school diploma or has a GED certificate is eligible for admission to any Ohio University regional campus. Regional campuses have a rolling admissions policy which means that students may be admitted anytime during the year. Applicants will be accepted until class begins each semester. However, prospective students are advised to begin the application process as soon as possible so that they may be given important dates and deadlines in a timely manner. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Transfer and Current OHIO Students

You are a transfer applicant if you have completed nine or more semester (12 quarter) hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you have completed fewer than nine semester hours, you will apply as a freshman applicant. To apply as a transfer student, applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

* Includes scholarships, grants, loans, federal work student and CARES/HEERF funding.

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* Includes scholarships, grants, loans, federal work student and CARES/HEERF funding.