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Accelerated Undergraduate Degree in History, B.A.

Understand the past to shape the future

As a history major in Mount St. Mary’s University’s accelerated undergraduate program for working adults, you will study cultures and events that span time periods from the ancient Romans and Greeks through the modern day. You’ll learn superb research and communication skills enabling you to pursue career opportunities in a wide range of fields, from politics to journalism or education to public service. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to seek a career as a librarian or archivist for a university, paralegal with a law firm, or pursue a law or other graduate degree.

Making it easy to go back to school

The Division of Continuing Studies strives to make it easy for adults to go back to school on a part-time basis, holding classes in the evening one to two nights per week at our convenient Frederick campus. It's important to us that you feel supported, can maintain your work-life balance, and have access to all of the resources you need to be a successful student.

Our faculty and advisors are here to work one-on-one with you to develop your degree plan, and to help keep you on track to finish your degree. We make the traditional college resources available to you to aid in your success, such as our Career Center, Writing Center, Library and Learning Services Office, just to name a few.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

Coursework & Format

How did the culture of ancient Greece impact democracy in the United States today? In what ways were countries shaped by the wars they fought? How did people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs shape American society? What role did beer play in the development of human societies and economies? By examining topics like these, historians work to uncover the facts of yesterday to help guide society through today.

Sample Courses

  • The Western Imagination: The Renaissance to the Great War
  • America in the World
  • Food, Water, Power, Dignity
  • History of Beer & Brewing
  • Weak State Nuclear War
  • Native American History
  • Non-West Middle Classes
  • Medes and ‘Othered’ Barbarians
  • Resisting States

Designed to fit your life

As a student in the Mount's accelerated undergraduate history program you will:

  • Finish at your own pace. Courses are offered year-round in accelerated 5- and 8-week sessions. Take the courses you need at your convenience.
  • Attend convenient classes. Meet part-time one night per week (6-10 p.m.). Our Frederick campus is minutes from I-70 and I-270.
  • Receive specialized support for accelerated students. One-on-one advising and a customized degree plan are available and encouraged for all students.

This program is available to be completed remotely via web conferencing.

Want to see a full listing of all accelerated undergraduate history courses?

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Bachelor completion programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • $563 - Cost per credit.* No additional fees.
  • Students are accepted with a minimum of 12 credits and may transfer in up to 75 credits from a two-year institution.

*Tuition represents 2022-23 rates, effective July 1, 2022. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans. The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college.

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Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

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Admissions & Application

Classes for the program begin throughout the year, and submitting your application four weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision.

  • Admissions Deadline: Two weeks prior to the session start date
  • Classes Begin: Year round
  • Priority Application Deadline: Four weeks prior to start of first class
  • No application fee

Admissions Requirements

The Mount's accelerated undergraduate completion degree programs are for individuals looking to apply previous college credit toward a bachelor's degree. Admissions requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students may transfer up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • No application fee

A complete application includes

  • Free online application; Apply in 10 minutes or less
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school; eTranscripts should be sent to Frederick Admissions.

Adult Undergraduate Programs 301-682-8315 frederickadmissions@msmary.edu