Athabasca University offers a variety of undergraduate History courses. You can take these courses as a visiting student and earn credit towards a credential at another university; alternatively, you can pursue either a three-year B.A. with Athabasca with a concentration in History or a four-year B.A. major in History. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from enrolling in a course simply to learn more about a particular topic. The University does not have a fixed timetable: you can start one of our courses at any time. Some courses are delivered to students as print-based packages, while others have online components or include other media.
There are as many answers to that question as we have potential students. Perhaps Athabasca's greatest advantage is its flexibility. Studying with us allows you to pursue a university education without sacrificing other commitments. You do not have to attend lectures or live close to a campus. Our history students have access to library resources online, through the post, or through local partner libraries. They sit invigilated exams close to home.
More fundamentally, perhaps, you should consider taking history because the study of the past is important and exciting. To paraphrase the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, if life must be lived forward, it can only be comprehended backwards, retrospectively. The social changes of our own era can only be understood as part of a longer and complex process. The glib comments of journalists who cite “the lessons of history” or refer to what “history teaches us” mislead more often than they illuminate. History can not be reduced to slogans or to a sound byte (or even to brief comments on a web page). Take one of our courses and you'll see what we mean...
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Updated October 10 2017 by Student & Academic Services