Master of Arts Programs for History Teachers

Spring 2022 Session 1 - January 8 to March 4

Spring 2022 Session 1

January 8 to March 4, 2022

HIST 501 O1A/POLSC 501 O1A: 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.

Instructor: Robert M.S. McDonald (United States Military Academy)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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HIST 502 O1A/POLSC 502 O1A: 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: Jason W. Stevens (Ashland University)

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

HIST 503 O1A/POLSC 503 O1A: 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.

Instructor: Dennis K. Boman (American Intercontinental University)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:15 pm to 7:50 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

HIST 505 O1A/POLSC 505 O1A: 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.

Instructor: Lauren K. Hall (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Schedule: Mondays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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HIST 506 O1A/POLSC 506 O1A: The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 (2)

With the exception of the Civil War era, it is difficult to find another thirty-year period in U.S. history during which the nation underwent such dramatic change. In 1914 the United States was no more than a regional power, with a primarily rural demography and a relatively unobtrusive federal government. Thanks to the experience of two world wars, a major cultural conflict (the 1920s), and a disastrous economic crisis the country was transformed into the global economic and military power that it remains to this day. This course will examine the cultural, economic, military, and diplomatic events and trends of the period 1914-1945.

Instructor: Eric Pullin (Carthage College)

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 7:50 pm ET

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HIST 609 O1A/POLSC 609 O1A: World War II (2) **WAITLIST**

An examination of World War II, the most widespread, costly, and destructive war in the history of the planet. This course will cover the origins of the war, the strategies pursued by the participants, and the major events in both the Pacific and European theaters from the 1930s until 1945. Further, it will consider the significance of the war for the history of Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Instructor: John Moser (Ashland University)

Schedule: Saturdays, 9:30 am to 12:45 pm ET

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HIST 632 O1A/POLSC 632 O1A: The American Presidency I: Washington to Lincoln (2)

This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from the Founding era through the Civil War. It focuses on how the presidency shaped American political life as the country grew and struggled with rising sectional tensions.

Instructor: Abbylin Sellers (Azusa Pacific University)

Schedule: Thursdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

HIST 643 O1A/POLSC 643 O1A:  Federalism, Separation of Powers, and the Constitution(2) **WAITLIST**

This course will study the Constitution’s two institutional systems: separation of powers and federalism. The course considers several points regarding these two systems. First, we will discuss their essential place in preserving liberty and fostering effective popular government. Second, we shall examine the theory underlying the Constitution’s separation of powers as well as how the Constitution then constructs Congress, the presidency, and the courts according to that theory. Third and finally, we shall discuss the Constitution’s distinctions between state and national powers, seeking out the logic inherent in that document when drawing those lines. To study these questions, we will focus on Supreme Court caselaw with aid from other important documents in American political history. 

Instructor: Adam Carrington (Hillsdale College)

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 9:50 pm ET

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