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History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Shepherdstown, WV, United States
History is the exploration of the past as a key to understanding the human condition. Historical study at Shepherd University enables students to understand their own and other civilizations and to confront the present and future with intelligence and perspective.
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At Shepherd University, we offer undergraduate degrees in three concentrations: general, Civil War/Nineteenth-Century America, and Historic Preservation/Public History. Our majors develop strong skills in writing, research, and critical thinking, which lead to exciting and meaningful careers. Some are professional historians who work in publishing, national and state parks, museums, historical societies, and archives. Others take the knowledge and experience they gain at Shepherd to work in government agencies, journalism, business, diplomatic fields, law, and education.

Our Civil War/Nineteenth-Century America and Historic Preservation/Public History concentrations are Common Market programs for students in many of the surrounding states, offering West Virginia in-state tuition.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • American Colonial History 
  • Era of the American Revolution , 1763-1815
  • The Jacksonian Era , 1816-1850
  • American Civil War and Reconstruction Era
  • History of the Lower Shenandoah Valley 
  • The Old South 
  • West Virginia and the Appalachian Region
  • Rise of Industrial Democracy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Submit the $45 application fee or an approved application fee waiver.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED to Shepherd.
  • Send your SAT or ACT scores.
  • It is recommended that you submit a personal statement with your application. Personal statements can be typed into the online application, mailed, or emailed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18048 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18048 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7548 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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