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Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science


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Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science


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Program Overview

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The online Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science program equips you with a broad range of knowledge and the opportunity to deepen your expertise in your subject area of interest. This accredited online program is excellent for students who wish to continue their studies at law or graduate school, prepare for teaching opportunities, or engage in public service.

Our accredited YourPace online B.A. in History & Political Science program gives you a comprehensive understanding of the diverse and complex forces that form our world. This interdisciplinary program promotes analytical proficiency in global relations by exploring the historical and political emergence of democratic and non-democratic political structures. Coursework gives you a thorough understanding of U.S. and international history as well as the complexities of governments today. Elective courses offer an opportunity for you to gain a deeper understanding of the area that interests you most - history or political science.

History-focused coursework prepares you for a broad array of careers in private, public, and government sectors. Political Science-focused coursework gives you valuable skills in research, analysis, and critical reasoning. This degree is designed to promote strong critical-reasoning and communication skills for professionals.


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Designed to leverage your previous knowledge, college coursework, and work experience, competency-based education enables you to earn your degree at your pace as you demonstrate mastery of relevant academic content.

How our YourPace online programs save you time and money:

  • Prove your knowledge, move ahead—the faster you advance, the more you save
  • Flat tuition rate per 8-week session, no matter how many courses you complete
  • With no weekly deadlines, you control the speed of completion

As a graduate of this history & political science online program, you will:

  • Pursue an array of careers in the private and public sectors
  • Generate ideas for creative problem-solving
  • Improve your critical-reasoning and communication skills
  • Analyze and critique multifaceted evidence
  • Pursue an array of careers in the private and public sectors
  • Generate ideas for creative problem-solving
  • Improve your critical-reasoning and communication skills
  • Analyze and critique multifaceted evidence

As a graduate of this history & political science online program, you will:

  • Pursue an array of careers in the private and public sectors
  • Generate ideas for creative problem-solving
  • Improve your critical-reasoning and communication skills
  • Analyze and critique multifaceted evidence
  • Pursue an array of careers in the private and public sectors
  • Generate ideas for creative problem-solving
  • Improve your critical-reasoning and communication skills
  • Analyze and critique multifaceted evidence

Through our online history courses, you will:

  • Examine past events and solve present-day problems
  • Identify bias in contemporary and historical sources
  • Examine past events and solve present-day problems
  • Identify bias in contemporary and historical sources

Through our online political science courses, you will:

  • Apply logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions or approaches to problems
  • Utilize critical-thinking skills to assess political ideas and events
  • Apply logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions or approaches to problems
  • Utilize critical-thinking skills to assess political ideas and events

History & Political Science career opportunities include:

  • Government Affairs Staff
  • Legislative Aide
  • Researcher
  • Reporter or Journalist
  • Public Relations
  • Political Campaign Staff
  • Communications Manager
  • Legal Assistant
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Business Manager
$1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
12 months* Duration
120 Credit Hours
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Tuition

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The B.A. in History & Political Science online program offers highly affordable tuition with a flat rate regardless of how many courses you complete each session. No hidden fees or extra textbook costs. The faster you finish, the more you save!

Tuition breakdown:

$1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition

Calendar

View the online dates and deadlines for UMPI

There are six opportunities throughout the year to start your B.A. in History & Political Science online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline. Please note, application and document deadlines are the same. UMPI must receive all documents including official transcripts by the document deadline to be considered. Transcripts can often take 10 or more business days from the request date to be received by UMPI, please plan accordingly.

Now enrolling:

10/4/22 Next Application Due Date
10/24/22 Start Class
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall 18/29/228/9/228/11/228/24/228/24/2210/21/228 weeks
Fall 210/24/2210/4/2210/6/2210/19/2210/19/2212/16/228 weeks
Spring 11/17/2312/27/2212/29/221/10/231/11/233/10/238 weeks
Spring 23/13/232/21/232/23/233/7/233/8/235/5/238 weeks
Summer 15/8/234/19/234/20/235/2/235/3/236/30/238 weeks
Summer 27/3/236/14/236/15/236/27/236/28/238/25/238 weeks

Now enrolling:

10/4/22 Next Application Due Date
10/24/22 Start Class

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Admissions

Requirements for this online history and political science program

We’ve made the admission process simple and streamlined so it’s easier for you to get started. Students who wish to earn their B.A. in History & Political Science YourPace online degree from UMPI should have the equivalent of a high school diploma and possess some prior college credit and/or work experience.


Admissions Requirements and Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs

  • Students must be 20 years of age at the time of application.
  • High school diploma or equivalent (e.g., HiSet, GED)
  • Minimum cumulative college of GPA 1.75 from most recently attended institution
    • Submission of all official transcripts:Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly to UMPI from the granting institution or their electronic ordering service. Student-submitted transcripts are not accepted.
    • College credits with a cumulative GPA of less than a 1.75 must also submit a resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent). An interview may be required.
  • Students who do not have any college credits must submit the following:
    • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
    • A resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent)

Instructions for international students:

  • Students must be 20 years of age at the time of application
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES- or AICE-endorsed agency and sent from the agency directly to UMPI; evaluations often take a few weeks to process and must be received by the appropriate document deadline
  • International students are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL (71 IBT / 197 CBT / 530 PBT minimums) or IELTS (6.0 minimum) score. Students can obtain a waiver for this requirement if they come from an English-speaking country or have successfully completed a credit-bearing, college-level written/spoken English course (ESL courses do not fulfill this requirement). Documentation of English proficiency must be received by the appropriate document deadline.

Submit documents electronically to: [email protected]

Mailing Address:

Application Processing Center
PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Fax: 207-581-5456

Courses

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To earn your B.A. in History & Political Science, you need to complete 120-121 credit hours of coursework. Each course is built around a series of competencies. Once you have mastered the series, you complete the course. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

The program includes 40 credit hours of general education courses, 49 credit hours of History Concentration/Political Science Concentration courses, and 31-32 credit hours of electives.

Students must complete 48 credit hours of History concentration courses. Students must also choose 6 hours of a foreign language—either Spanish or French.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the constitutional foundations and principles of American government. Treatment focuses on federalism; civil liberties and civil rights; interest groups, political parties and elections; and Congress, the Presidency, and the supreme court.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines major texts in the history of political thought and the questions they raise about the design of the political and social order.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills with an emphasis on spoken French. Culture is an important component of the course. Recommended for students with no prior French language experience.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic skills in Spanish with emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension. Spanish and Latin American Culture form the background.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continuation of FRE 101. Emphasis on French and French culture. Recommended for students with prior French language experience (i.e., high school coursework or lower level French language college credit). Prerequisite: French 101
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continuation of Spanish 101 with emphasis on past and future tenses and more advanced conversational skills.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines major political, social, and economic developments in Europe from fifth century to the sixteenth century. Topics include the fall of Rome, manorialism, feudalism, and the transition to early modern Europe. Fills history concentration requirements for European and pre-modern history.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the origins and consolidation of slavery in the United States from the colonial period through its demise in 1865. Themes and topics include indentured servitude, the idea of race, the economics of slavery, slave culture and slave resistance, and slavery’s role in causing the Civil War.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Surveys ancient civilizations including Greece and Rome, and the development of the Early Church. This course will emphasize the development of urban-based cultures, religion, philosophy, gender and sexuality.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines relationships between environment and culture. Considers Native American land use as well as the impact on natural resources of colonization, westward expansion, and industrialization. Analyzes conservation and environmental movements. Fills history concentration requirements for United States history.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Local history places local events in the context of larger occurrences and recreates the history of the ordinary person. This course investigates local history sources and considers the ways in which local records may be used to illuminate large historical themes.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines popular films as artifacts which both reflected and reinforced Cold War ideologies. Topics include film noir, gender roles, fear of communism, fear of atomic attack, and U.S. foreign policy during several distinct phases of the Cold War.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides understanding and training in oral history to create first-hand accounts of events as remembered by the people who experienced them. Includes crafting of questions for oral interviews and interpretation of oral interviews conducted with free web-based recording and transcription programs. Prerequisite(s): A 100-level History course or permission of instructor.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A passing score on the reading placement test or successful completion of Eng 100 or a non-degree seeking student. A survey of world civilization from the dawn of civilization through the 16th century. An emphasis will be placed on the political, social, intellectual, and economic cultures of China, India, MesoAmerica, the Middle East and Subsaharian Africa.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A passing score on the reading placement test or successful completion of Eng 100 or a non-degree seeking student. A survey of world history from the voyages of exploration by the Europeans through the present.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Surveys broad themes and developments in United States history from the pre-contact period through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Prerequisite: A passing score on the reading placement test or successful completion of Eng 100 or a non-degree seeking student.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Surveys broad themes and developments in United States history from the Civil War and Reconstruction through the present. Prerequisite: A passing score on the reading placement test or successful completion of Eng 100 or a non-degree seeking student.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the origins and consequences of the Vietnam Wars, emphasizing Vietnamese history and culture, French colonization, World War II, and the Cold War. Also analyzes the Vietnam War in U.S. politics and popular culture.
Students must complete 49 credit hours of Political Science concentration courses. Students must also choose 6 hours of a foreign language—either Spanish or French.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the constitutional foundations and principles of American government. Treatment focuses on federalism; civil liberties and civil rights; interest groups, political parties and elections; and Congress, the Presidency, and the supreme court.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines major texts in the history of political thought and the questions they raise about the design of the political and social order.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills with an emphasis on spoken French. Culture is an important component of the course. Recommended for students with no prior French language experience.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic skills in Spanish with emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension. Spanish and Latin American Culture form the background.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continuation of FRE 101. Emphasis on French and French culture. Recommended for students with prior French language experience (i.e., high school coursework or lower level French language college credit). Prerequisite: French 101
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continuation of Spanish 101 with emphasis on past and future tenses and more advanced conversational skills.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of European civilization from the late 15th century through the French Revolution, with an emphasis on the rise of the modern state, the pre-industrial economy, society and secularization.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines significant developments in European history since the French Revolution, including the birth and influence of modern nationalism, key intellectual and ideological trends, and the World wars.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines popular films as artifacts which both reflected and reinforced Cold War ideologies. Topics include film noir, gender roles, fear of communism, fear of atomic attack, and U.S. foreign policy during several distinct phases of the Cold War.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Treats the development of Marx’s thought from classical German philosophy through historical materialism. Emphasizes the themes of the dialectic method, alienation, the class struggle, the theory of capitalist crises, the revolutionary state, and proletarian internationalism. Includes discussion of contemporary applications and Marxist theory.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the Western European democracies of the UK, Germany and France alongside Central and Eastern European emerging democracies. Explores institutional structures and their social connections through interest groups, political parties, and elections. Examines the political, economic, and military integration of nations through membership in the European Union and NATO.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines American constitutional theory treating the separation and division of government powers, and civil rights and civil liberties. Extensive treatment is accorded the implied powers of the federal government. Prerequisite: POS 101
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines in depth several of the most profound and influential political theorists of the modern age including Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant and prominent 19th and 20th century critics. Major emphasis will be upon the content of their theories, but also consideration of their relevance to an understanding of contemporary politics.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the political and economic culture of the unique Russian experience. Emphasis is upon “westernization,” territorial expansion and empire building, the development of absolutism, and the undercurrent of rebellion. This course fills history concentration and other departmental requirements for non-western or European history.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a basic introductory examination of a specialized field in African, Asian, or Latin American History. Specific topic will be listed with the course title when offered. This course fills history concentration and other departmental requirements for non-western history.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the origins and consequences of the Vietnam Wars, emphasizing Vietnamese history and culture, French colonization, World War II, and the Cold War. Also analyzes the Vietnam War in U.S. politics and popular culture.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines various types of world conflicts during the modern period. May include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following: diplomatic, military, ethnic, racial, class, and religious conflicts.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the history of China from the nineteenth century to the present. Three important issues are Chinese culture, the cultural conflict with the West, and, modernization. This course fills history concentration.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
A research-oriented seminar designed to integrate student’s prior knowledge and strengthen lifelong learning. Prerequisite: Senior Level Status

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