Each on campus summer course is offered as an intensive weeklong seminar. Courses begin on a Sunday afternoon and finish on a Friday afternoon. On-campus room and board is available for an additional charge. A complimentary airport shuttle service is available.
AHG 502 1A: The American Founding (2)
This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.
Instructor: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)
Guest Lecturer: Gordon Lloyd (Pepperdine University)
- Kurland, Philip & Lerner, Ralph, eds. The Founders’ Constitution: Major Themes, Volume 1 (2000)
- Hamilton, Alexander, et al. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition, Carey & McClellan, eds. (2001)
- Allen, William and Lloyd, Gordon. The Essential Antifederalist (2001)
- Ashbrook pamphlet – The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America
AHG 633 1A: The American Presidency II – Johnson to the present (2) ** CLOSED **
This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from Reconstruction to the present. It focuses on how changing conceptions of the presidency have shaped American political life in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially as America has become a global power.
- Ellis, Richard, ed. Judging Executive Power: Sixteen Supreme Court Cases that Have Shaped the American Presidency (2009)
- Mann, James. The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power (2013)
- Milkis, Sidney and Nelson, Michael. The American Presidency: Origins and Development (2011)
AHG 641 1A: The Supreme Court (2)
This course is an intensive study of the highest court in the federal judiciary, focusing on the place of the Supreme Court in the American constitutional order. Areas of study may include the relationship between the Court and the other branches of the federal government as well as the states; the Court’s power of judicial review; and judicial politics and statesmanship. We will examine these kinds of issues by investigating how the Court has interpreted the Constitution in some of its most historic decisions.
AHG 510 2A: Great American Texts – Democracy in America (2)
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America is commonly regarded as the most profound study of America ever written. Seeing “in America more than America,” Tocqueville studies America to understand the nature of modern democracy itself. In the course of his discussion, he examines, among many other subjects, America’s democratic social condition, its constitutional federalism, the problem of majority tyranny in America, the troubled relations among its racial groups, the prevailing understanding of sexual equality, the relation of religion and government, the powerful love of material well-being, and the dangers of administrative centralization and “mild despotism.” This course will examine Tocqueville’s treatments of these and other subjects in extensive excerpts from his book, all with a larger view toward understanding his descriptive account of democracy in America, his analysis of the main dangers it faces, and his suggestions as to the proper remedies for those dangers-the means for preserving and enhancing liberty in a nation dedicated to the principle of political and social equality.
Instructor: David Foster (Ashland University)
Course Materials: Syllabus There is no Course Packet for this course.
AHG 603 2A: Colonial America (2)
This course focuses on the development of an indigenous political culture in the British colonies. It pays special attention to the development of representative political institutions and how these emerged through the confrontation between colonists and King and proprietors. The course also considers imperial politics through a study of the Albany Plan of Union.
AHG 660 2A: The West and America (2)
How has Western history framed and reflected American history and how has American history framed and reflected Western history? This course will examine the history of the western United States from the nineteenth century era of expansion to the present day, focusing on the impact of national events on the development of the west as well as the role the west played in shaping modern America. Topics of study will include events such as the industrial revolution, the Indian wars, World War I, and reform movements, as well as relevant contemporary topics such as mass incarceration, California and its decline, borderlands, and immigration. The course will shed light on how regional history shapes national history and offer the student the ability to compare and contrast how the region they are from has contributed to the national story.
Textbooks: There are no required texts for this course.
AHG 503 3A: Sectionalism and Civil War (2)
A study of the sectional conflict beginning with the nullification crisis. The course will not only examine the political, social and economic developments in the period leading to the civil war, but will emphasize the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John C. Calhoun.
AHG 504 3A: Civil War and Reconstruction (2)
This course will examine military aspects of the war, as well as political developments during it, including the political history of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural. The course also examines the post-war Amendments and the Reconstruction era.
- Guelzo, Allen C. Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (2012)
- Delbanco, Andrew, ed. The Portable Abraham Lincoln: Bicentennial Edition (2009)
- Bonner, Robert E., ed. The Soldier’s Pen: Firsthand Impressions of the Civil War (2006)
- White, Jonathan W. Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2012)
- Gallagher, Gary W. The Confederate War (1997)
- Neely, Jr., Mark E. The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North (2002)
- Smith, John David, ed. A Just and Lasting Peace: A Documentary History of Reconstruction (2013)
AHG 630 3A: American Statesmen – Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Ronald Reagan (2)
Even though the powers of the American Executive are controlled and limited, extraordinary acts of statesmanship are possible. This seminar examines those presidents who have demonstrated extraordinary political leadership. We will examine such statesmen and the political circumstances in which their prudence revealed itself. Among those examined will be Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt. With the permission of the Chair, this course may be taken more than once.
AHG 501 4A: The American Revolution (2)
This course focuses on three topics: political developments in North America and the British empire and the arguments for and against independence, culminating in the Declaration of Independence; the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state; and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.
- Colonies to Nation, 1763-1789: A Documentary History of the American Revolution (Vol. 2)
- Locke: Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
- Common Sense (Dover Thrift Editions)
- The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence (Library of America)
- The Radicalism of the American Revolution
AHG 510 4B: Great American Texts – Abraham Lincoln (2)
Abraham Lincoln wove his words into the fabric of American history. In the twenty-first century, Lincoln’s political language remains more contemporary than all but the most timeless of the political language of the American Founding. This course is a study of selected Lincoln speeches aiming to illuminate Lincoln’s understanding of the relation of the principles of the American Founding to the most pressing issues of his day.
AHG 505 4A: The Progressive Era (2)
The transition to an industrial economy posed many problems for the United States. This course examines those problems and the responses to them that came to be known as progressivism. The course includes the study of World War I as a manifestation of progressive principles. The course emphasizes the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and their political expression of progressive principles.
AHG 611 4A: The American Way of War (2)
The course examines how Americans have used military force, focusing on the relationship between civilian and military leaders, characteristic strategic approaches, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices.
Textbooks: There are no required texts for this course.