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URCA symposium

Quite a few history and political science majors gave presentations in the College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium this... Read more

Would You Hire Socrates?

This op-ed by Scott Samuelson in the Wall Street Journal gets it right on the value of studying the liberal arts. Studying the humanities does... Read more

The New Edition of Forum is Out

The 2014 edition of "The Forum Book Review" is out. Edited by T ommy Pochedly and Zac Hoffman , it has reviews of ten books,... Read more

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David Foster, associate professor of political science and chair of the department of history and political science, joined Ashland University in 1998. He teaches courses... Read more

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Integrated Social Studies, 2013
Henry Wessel did his senior teaching experience at Sangaree Middle School in Goose Creek, Berkeley County, SC... Read more

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Dr. David Foster, Chair
419.289.5626
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History & Political Science

Understanding and engaging with the greatest questions and best minds of the past is key to becoming a truly educated citizen. As you learn about how people thought and acted in different times and places, you will gain perspectives and develop such essential qualities as confidence and humility, which will prepare you to be a leader in your own time, whether in business, as a practitioner and fashioner of the law, or as a scholar and educator. Read More

Why should you choose History & Political Science at Ashland University?

  • Rather than textbooks, you’ll study primary sources such as the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King as well as the poems of Homer.
  • You’ll learn in a conversational classroom, not by lecture.
  • You’ll get to know your professors well in a small classroom setting. Read More

Faculty Who Are Great Teachers

  • Professors are deeply involved with students, not only getting to know them well in class, but also serving as advisors on senior theses and research.
  • Professors are actively involved in the study of history and are currently conducting research on American foreign policy, Thucydides, Winston Churchill and the American Civil Rights movement.
  • Professors teach every class in a seminar-style format that encourages the sharing of ideas.

Gain Real World Experience

Students are encouraged to undertake internships, which often open up career opportunities. Recent students have:

  • Participated in historical re-enactments in Colonial Williamsburg
  • Interned at the Ashland Historical Society
  • Prepared displays, guided tours and done research at Fort Meigs, Ohio’s War of 1812 battlefield

Some of the Interesting Classes You May Take

  • American History Through the Civil War — Explore the creation and development of a distinctively American civilization.
  • Ancient Greece — Examine the political, military and intellectual history of Ancient Greece, emphasizing the developments that have most influenced the Greco-Roman tradition in Western culture.
  • Age of Enlightenment — Study the intellectual and political reformation that swept Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Focuses on the revolution in modern natural science, the rise and fall of absolute government, the growth of the English constitution and the development of a new liberal philosophy.

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
  • Rebecca Heinricks – Class of 2004
    Ashland University's History and Political Science departments, with the Ashbrook Scholar Program, helped equip me with the tools to conduct serious research and analysis, and taught me how to use what I learn from the past to inform my positions on contemporary policies. There was a special... more
  • Erin Sutter – Class of 2013
    I loved my time at Ashland! The professors in the History and Political Science department were exceptional. They are extremely personable, very knowledgeable about their field of study and they really care about their students. One distinctive about Ashland University’s History and Political... more
  • Lindsey Grudnicki – Class of 2013
    The History and Political Science department at Ashland is simply wonderful. The faculty are truly great instructors, but more importantly, they are always eager to converse with students on any number of topics both inside and outside of the classroom. They focus their courses on primary sources,... more
  • Jaclyn Horn – Class of 2015
    I came to Ashland University specifically because of the great History and Political Science department. With a focus on original texts, the classes are rich and engaging in more of a conversation style than a typical lecture setting. But the History and Political Science department goes beyond... more
  • Marc Zimmerman – Class of 2013
    The History and Political Science department at Ashland University provides a unique and invaluable opportunity for students to engage with both professors and primary source documents. It is a far cry from the 'traditional' textbooks and lectures that students might envision.
  • Philip Schaffer - Class of 2014
    The History and Political Science department's emphasis on using primary source documents has made study not only more fruitful but also more enjoyable. During my time in the program, I have learned the important skill of exegeting a text, and this skill has proved immensely helpful in my studies... more
  • Joe Postell – Class of 2001
    The History and Political Science department at Ashland University changed the course of my life. The professors in the department made great ideas, great books, and great events come alive. They inspired me to become a professor myself, and their training prepared me exceptionally well for... more
  • Hannah Curtis – Class of 2015
    Because of Ashland University's History and Political Science department, I am getting an excellent education. The professors are wise and friendly and they encourage me to become successful in the future. They also inspire thoughtful discussion among students inside and outside the classroom. My... more
  • Tim Haglund – Class of 2010
    The political science department at Ashland has an outstanding great books based curriculum. The faculty is expert in properly opening those books to interested students. Ashland cultivated my understanding of politics in a way that not only strengthened my civic affections; it also showed me what... more