Military History

Bachelor of Arts

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.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Philosophy, strategy, and tactics of conflict
  • Generalship, leadership, and management of warfare and people
  • Great historical battles and their influences on society
  • U.S. military history, causes, tactics, and aftereffects
  • World War I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War
  • The history of peacekeeping from World War II to the present
  • Diplomacy, foreign affairs, and international law
  • Military strategy and organization
  • Military technology, innovations, and improvements

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. View all courses.

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

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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American Military History

Curriculum ranges from Colonial America to the present. Studies the personalities, philosophies, strategies, leadership, and other factors that influenced the U.S. military. Topics focus on military operations, but also cover foreign policy and domestic political, economic, and social components of early America through the Persian Gulf War.

Sample Courses

  • HIST406 - Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • HIST402 - Colonial America
  • HIST403 - The Early Republic, 1783-1815
  • MILH320 - The American Revolution
  • MILH355 - World War I
  • MILH360 - World War II
  • MILH370 - The Korean War
  • MILH371 - The Vietnam War
  • HIST405 - Antebellum America, 1846-1861
  • HIST409 - The United States: WW II to the Present
  • MILH490 - Independent Study: History
  • HIST404 - Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
  • HIST407 - The Gilded Age, 1877-1900
  • HIST408 - The United States: 1900 to Second World War
  • MILH480 - Special Topic: Military History
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General

Examines the philosophies, personalities, strategies, leadership, and other factors that influenced the world. Teaches critical and analytical thinking skills, as well as effective methods of writing and research. Courses cover the history of warfare through the centuries, including the fall of the Roman Empire and the Vietnam War.

Sample Courses

  • HIST308 - History of European Colonialism
  • HIST415 - The Cold War
  • MILH355 - World War I
  • MILH360 - World War II
  • MILH362 - Ancient Military History
  • MILH363 - 17th and 18th Century Military History
  • MILH364 - Medieval Military History
  • MILH365 - The Napoleonic Wars and the Long Peace
  • MILH370 - The Korean War
  • HIST406 - Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • MILH490 - Independent Study: History
  • MILH320 - The American Revolution
  • MILH371 - The Vietnam War
  • MILH480 - Special Topic: Military History

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.