The typical social studies teacher has received training in the methods of effective teacher and classroom management as an undergraduate in a college of education. But, few were able to spend significant time studying the substance of what they teach on a daily basis. Today’s teachers have taken few courses on the actual topics they teach each day, topics like the American founding, the causes and effects of the Civil War, or the role of the progressive movement in shaping the modern United States.
The higher education marketplace is crowded with master’s program options in educational methods at local universities and distance learning. But, there are few options for teachers who want to study the people, events, and ideas that shaped the United States, or the the origins and structure of the American political system. A teacher interested in pursuing a degree in history or political science would likely be forced to give up working and relocate in order to pursue such studies full time. For most teachers, this is impractical or impossible.
Ashland University’s Master of Arts program in American History and Government (MAHG) was designed to address the need of social studies teachers for rigorous graduate-level study in the content of history and government. Offered on a unique schedule of weeklong summer seminars in a traditional classroom setting and live, interactive web-based videoconference courses, each course in the program focuses on the study and interpretation of the materials from which we build our understanding of the past: original historical documents.
The Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) requires a total of 32 semester credit hours, including a 12-hour required core and 20 hours of elective credit. Students have a choice of three summative project options: a traditional thesis; a capstone project; or, a comprehensive exam.
Courses are available as Weeklong Summer courses at our Ashland, Ohio campus during June and July, and as Live Online courses on various schedules year round. Degree-seeking students in the MAHG program must take at least 16 of the 32 required semester credit hours via on-campus Weeklong Summer courses. The remaining 16 hours may be taken away from campus via Live Online courses, up to 6 semester hours of transfer credit from other institutions, and credit earned for AHG 670, AHG 690, AHG 691, or AHG 692.
Designed to provide the student with a survey of the major events and ideas which shaped the modern United States, the full 12 semester hour core is required of all students.
Course Number Course Title Hours Prerequisites AHG 501 The American Revolution 2 None AHG 502 The American Founding 2 None AHG 503 Sectionalism and Civil War 2 None AHG 504 Civil War and Reconstruction 2 None AHG 505 The Progressive Era 2 None AHG 510 Great American Texts 2 None
Rounding out the program, all students must earn 20 hours of elective credit.
Course Number Course Title Hours Prerequisites AHG 601 Sources of the American Regime 2 None AHG 602 European Discovery and Settlement 2 None AHG 603 Colonial America 2 None AHG 604 The Early Republic 2 None AHG 605 The Age of Enterprise 2 None AHG 606 America between World Wars 2 None AHG 607 America during the Cold War 2 None AHG 610 American Foreign Policy 2 None AHG 611 The American Way of War 2 AHG 610 AHG 620 The Reform Tradition in America 2 AHG 503, 505, or 607 AHG 621 Race and Equality in America 2 None AHG 622 Religion in American History and Politics 2 None AHG 623 Gender and Equality in America 2 None AHG 630 American Statesmen 2 None AHG 631 American Political Rhetoric 2 AHG 630, 632, or 633 AHG 632 The American Presidency I, Washington to Lincoln 2 None AHG 633 The American Presidency II, Johnson to Present 2 None AHG 640 The Congress 2 None AHG 641 The Supreme Court 2 None AHG 642 Political Parties 2 None AHG 660 Topics in American History and Government 2 None AHG 670 Directed Study 2 None AHG 690 Research Methods 2 Completed 20 Hours AHG 691 Thesis 4 AHG 690 AHG 692 Capstone Project 4 AHG 690 AHG 693 Comprehensive Examination 2 Permission