Liberty's Ph.D. in History + more!

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  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    In case anyone is exploring online doctoral programs, Liberty University is adding a few new online doctorates in the fall. These include:
    1. Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
    2. Ph.D. in History (I think the first in the U.S.)
    3. Ph.D. in Communication
    4. Ph.D. in Nursing Education
    5. Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
     
  2. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    There's also the possibility for the Ph.D. in Bible Exposition to be added for fall.

    **"Pending Approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges."
     
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    With History being a field that is so "interpretive" I wonder if Liberty's heavy Christian orientation would skew the allowed research.
     
  4. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    I doubt that but that's only my perception. While most, if not all Liberty coursework requires a biblical application, the dissertation has no Christian worldview requirement. I speak from experience with my conceptual draft of Chapter 1-3 (mini-dissertation) and the many dissertations I've perused on Liberty's institutional repository.
     
  5. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Active Member

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  6. Ted Heiks

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  7. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    What went wrong with that?
     
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  9. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Active Member

    Ahh...you are newbie...ok...For years it has been bandied about who/what school would be the first to offer a fully online PhD in History in the United States. Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas tried. They even floated out classes and cohorts within a possibility of doing it. The THECB killed it. When APUS first got their accreditation...back in 2005, I think, it was floated out that they were thinking of a fully online PhD in History. They even floated it to the state accrediting board in Virginia, but never got it off the ground. There are threads on APUS and PhDs in History in the archives here. The only, up until now, fully online PhD that includes History is Faulkner University ( Under the Humanities-Great Books Banner..it is not a fully online PhD in History. You have to take other classes ..Social Science, Literature, Science within the Great Books framework), that is Regionally accredited. Hence, my comment. I hope that helps. Ted ( and other old timers, I have been around these parts since 2004), can help.
     
  10. Nemo

    Nemo Member

    Ah, much appreciated! I am trying hard to shed my newbieness, but, alas, it is difficult :)

    As I am not well briefed on academia as a whole, is there a particular reason why History is such a difficult subject to get accredited for an online PhD?
     
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  11. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    And THECB stands for what?
     
  12. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    It’s not a question of difficulty, it’s a question of whether there is sufficient student interest to sustain a program.
     
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    JBjunior Active Member

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  15. AlK11

    AlK11 Member

    It seems that there is a fairly good amount of online masters in history degrees. I would've thought a doctorate in history would draw a lot of students, especially if there was only one in the entire country. They'd have a monopoly on the degree and anyone who wanted a online doctorate in history would be forced to go to that school. For all these reasons I thought it would have a lot of attention. Is my rationale wrong here?
     
  16. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    There are several disciplines in the same situation. Someone just needs to take a chance. It makes me think of that school in Florida that has the PhD program in Classical Civilizations. How much demand exists for Latin scholars? Yet they make it work.
     
  17. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    I think the LU Ph.D. in History will attract a lot of students. I think a lot of people have been waiting for an online history Ph.D. I know of two people who have already applied. Once they start registering students, I'll share some numbers.
     
  18. AlK11

    AlK11 Member

    What numbers are you talking about when you said you'd share? Do you have a personal or professional relationship with Liberty? And yes this program should be a success. I'm sure there's a ton of people would there who wanted a doctorate in history but were never able to find a program until now.
     
  19. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Should I get a PhD in History from Liberty or should I get an MA in History first?
     
  20. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    I am a student there but I can see the number of students registered in each course. Fall registration won't start until May 29th so I can only see up to summer classes.
     

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