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History Degree (B.A.), Online Program

Why Choose the History Online Program?

Since 2012 Westfield State University has consistently ranked in the top 15% of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Program” rankings. In 2016 Westfield State was ranked #6 by in the category “Best Online Liberal Arts Colleges for Bachelors Degrees.”
The History Department’s on-line bachelor’s program welcomes new students as well as transfer students from any college or university who want to earn their B.A. in History. All courses required to complete the history major are available on-line. The history department is unique in that we offer both traditional, 14-week courses and intensive, accelerated 7-week courses (session A and B) every fall and spring. You can choose the pace which works best for you. Westfield State also offers a 2-week intensive Jan. session and two, 6-week summer sessions. Thus, students have the option of completing their degree in 1 - 3 years if they take accelerated classes (depending on their number of transfer credits).

New students and transfer students from any college or university can complete all courses online, except for English Composition (which can be taken at any other college or university). Atudents may transfer in up to 79 credits from a two-year institution and up to 90 credits from a four-year institution, or a combination of the two. Note: The History Dept. has a 21-credit residency requirement, so at least 21 credits of your history major requirements must be taken at Westfield State.
If you are a graduate of any Massachusetts Community College and have completed the Mass Transfer Compact, this B.A. program allows you to easily complete the junior and senior year of your bachelor’s degree entirely online and at a reduced rate based on your community college tuition rate (see below for details on the MASSTRANSFER agreement).


2016 Press Release: Westfield State University ranked in the top 15% of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” list. WSU was recognized for its distance learning that provides increased access and flexibility for students. The university was the 2nd highest Massachusetts public university among the six that made the list.

“One of the largest obstacles to obtaining a college education is accessibility,” said Dr. Marsha Marotta. “Westfield State University is proud to be honored for our strong online degree programs which allow our students to more conveniently complete their education while balancing work, family, and other responsibilities.”

Westfield State has offered online courses since 2002 and currently offers more than 600 online courses throughout the fall, spring, winter, and summer semesters.  The university offers online degree completion programs in business management, criminal justice, history, liberal studies, sociology, and psychology. Students also have the option of completing minors online in: art, business management, psychology, and sociology. Through WSU’s Center for Teacher Education and Research, the university offers online and hybrid professional development courses for teacher licensure for K-12 educators and staff.

Through the MassTransfer and Commonwealth Commitment programs, Westfield State also allows students who have completed an associate degree from a Massachusetts community colleges in one of six designated areas of study to transfer into the university’s online bachelor’s degree completion programs. Through this initiative, students are offered a guaranteed transfer of credits, guaranteed admission (pending space), and a 10% rebate of tuition and mandatory fees on program entry.

Westfield State’s online education programs have been recognized before. Since U.S. News & World Report launched its “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” list in 2012, the university has made the list annually.  In 2016, Westfield State ranked #4 on’s “Best Online Colleges for Criminal Justice” list and was recognized on’s 50 Best Online Business Administration Degrees for 2016-2017 rankings.

For more information on Westfield State University’s online programs, visit or contact the College of Graduate and Continuing Education Office at (413) 572-8020 or


Students Commit To:

  • Begin at one of Massachusetts' Community Colleges
  • Complete associate degree within 2.5 years
  • Transfer to one of Massachusetts' State Universities or UMass campuses
  • Complete bachelor's degree within 2 more years
  • Maintain full-time, continuous enrollment and a cumulative 3.00 GPA

Commonwealth Commitment to Students:

  • Freeze on all tuition & mandatory fees on program entry
    Valid until student successfully completes or leaves Commonwealth Commitment program
  • A 10% rebate off tuition & mandatory fees
    Payable at the end of every successfully completed semester
  • Additional MassTransfer Tuition Credit on bachelor’s program entry
  • Guaranteed admission
    Space permitting in the major and college
  • Guaranteed transfer of credits
  • No application fee or essay
    MassTransfer Application required by deadline