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Graduate Certificate in History

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Graduate Certificate in History

Collaborative Online Degree

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU South Bend, IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in History provides graduate-level instruction to students interested in obtaining advanced skills and knowledge in this area. 

As a student in this certificate program, you gain a depth of knowledge in a variety of historical subjects, practice historical interpretation, think critically, employ research and analysis methods, and communicate concepts and ideas with precision and clarity.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will have:

  • Effective oral and written historical communication skills.
  • The ability to perform research.
  • The ability to construct original historical arguments.
  • The ability to effectively teach dual-credit history courses.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in History prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Dual-credit teacher/instructor
  • Historical program director
  • Historical research associate
  • Historic interpreter
  • County historian
  • Museum docent
  • Exhibitions curator

Of Special Interest for Dual-credit and Community College Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Standards

The Graduate Certificate in History is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in history to hold either a master's degree in history or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in a discipline other than history, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in History.
  • If you plan to pursue the IU Online MA in History or the IU Online MAT in History, you may apply the 18 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in History toward the master's degree.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

To apply to this program: 

Complete an online application that includes:

  1. Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution
  2. 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program

Certificate Requirements (18 cr.)

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core Course (3 cr.)
  • Electives (15 cr.)

  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Core Course (3 cr.)
  • HIST-T 590 Research Seminar in History

Electives (15 cr.)

Select five from the following:

  • HIST-T 510 Historical Methodology
  • HIST-T 520 Teaching College History
  • HIST-T 530 Early America, 1400-1800
  • HIST-T 540 The Long Nineteenth Century, 1800-1917
  • HIST-T 550 Modern United States, 1917-Present
  • HIST-T 560 The United States and the World: Comparative History

Academic Bulletins

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2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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