The Bachelor of Arts in Military History is designed for students seeking greater understanding of military historiography studies in the context of a general liberal arts education. The online bachelor’s program is designed differently than many military history programs because it focuses primarily on armed conflict and how their outcomes shaped civilizations throughout history. This history major also emphasizes critical and analytical thinking, and effective research and writing skills. Graduates with military history degrees can be found in historical preservation careers as curators, archivists, or educators, or in other professions requiring strong communication skills.

Many university faculty members teaching these courses are published historians or military leaders who bring unique perspectives and relevant research into the classroom. You’ll also connect and interact online with other students who share your enthusiasm for history.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key historical facts, values, and ideas that have shaped civilizations throughout history.
  • Analyze primary sources in their historical context.
  • Analyze secondary sources and identify various approaches to historical interpretation through critical reading.
  • Evaluate historical arguments based on primary sources and the historical method.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct independent historical research in primary and secondary sources and complete a major research paper.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required21
Select one of the following concentrations:30
Final Program Requirements6
Elective Requirements33
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning(3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (21 semester hours)

MILH201Introduction to Military History3
MILH202Survey of American Military History3
MILH221War From Antiquity to 17003
MILH222War from 1700 to the Present3
HIST300Research Methods in History3
MILH303Readings in Military Leadership3
MILH304Readings in Military Philosophy3
Total Semester Hours21

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration or a Concentration in American Military History.

General Concentration (30 semester hours)

Students who pursue the General Concentration will learn about the "big picture" through exposure to five historical perspectives. They will learn critical and analytical thinking, and effective writing and research methods. Students study the philosophies, personalities, strategies, leadership, and other factors that influenced the world. Topics cover Ancient and Classical Military History, American Military Campaign Histories, Diplomacy and Peacekeeping, Strategy and Operations, and Current Issues and Future Trends.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Identify a broad knowledge of the historical literature that pertains to the topics of study included in the degree program and locate the linkage between historical studies and allied disciplines.
  • Interpret historical forces that have shaped social change and contemporary human problems and discern an understanding of the historical experiences that go beyond a single time period and national or cultural experience.
  • Analyze historical material and make judgments, to establish causal relationships between facts, to find order and patterns, and to answer why and how - not just simply report.
  • Analyze the contributions of the major military philosophers and leaders to the understanding of military history.
  • Examine the dynamics of diplomacy and peacekeeping as they have existed throughout history and in the present.
  • Discuss the major military events, technologies, and nations that shaped our past and contemporary world.
  • Examine the operational art and warfare options practiced in historical and modern scenarios.

Concentration Requirements (30 semester hours)

MILH362Ancient Military History3
MILH36317th and 18th Century Military History3
MILH364Medieval Military History3
MILH365The Napoleonic Wars and the Long Peace3
MILH355World War I3
MILH360World War II3
HIST415The Cold War3
MILH370The Korean War3
Select 2 courses from the following:6
History of European Colonialism
The American Revolution
Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
The Vietnam War
Special Topic: Military History 1
Independent Study: History 1
Total Semester Hours30

Concentration in American Military History (30 semester hours)

A student enrolled in the Concentration in American Military History is recommended to take HIST101 - American History to 1877 and HIST221 - African American History before 1877 as part of their General Education Requirements.

Students who pursue this concentration will focus on American Military History from Colonial America to the present. Students study the philosophies, personalities, strategies, leadership, and other factors that influenced American Military History. Topics focus on military operations but also cover foreign policy and domestic political, economic, and social components of early America to the Persian Gulf War.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Identify causes of America's break from the British Empire.
  • Compare and contrast the philosophy of early American leaders.
  • Analyze the reasons America pushed westward and what that expansion entailed.
  • Identify and give examples of the causes of the Civil War as well as differentiate the outcomes of that war in the North and the South.
  • Assess the social, economic, and political situation in America leading up to the 20th century.
  • Identify the causes of the Great Depression and recognize the attempts that were made to bring America out of it.
  • Analyze America's reasoning for joining both World Wars as well as identify military policy and strategy that contributed to eventual victory.
  • Elaborate on the political background of the Cold War and what factors led to diplomatic struggles between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • Integrate the cultural revolution of the 1960s and what was happening in Vietnam.
  • Identify major political, cultural, and economic developments from the 1980s to the 21st Century.

Concentration Requirements (30 semester hours)

HIST402Colonial America3
MILH320The American Revolution3
HIST405Antebellum America, 1846-18613
HIST406Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-18773
MILH355World War I3
MILH360World War II3
MILH370The Korean War3
MILH371The Vietnam War3
Select 2 courses from the following:6
The Early Republic, 1783-1815
Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
The Gilded Age, 1877-1900
The United States: 1900 to Second World War
The United States: WW II to the Present
Special Topic: History
Independent Study: History
Special Topic: Military History 1
Independent Study: History 1
Total Semester Hours30

Final Program Requirements (6 semester hours)

HIST491Writing a Research Proposal3
MILH498Senior Seminar in Military History (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours6

Elective Requirements (33 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.