Faculty Spotlight

Faculty
Stephen F. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Professor Knott received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. He is the author of a book on Alexander Hamilton's controversial image in the American mind, Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, and has also published Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency, an examination of the use of covert operations by early American presidents. He is a co-author of The Reagan Years and At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House. His most recent book, Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics, was published in March, 2012.
MAHG Students in Class

Our Programs

Ashland University's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government are designed to provide the flexibility busy working professionals need. With two unique degree programs, options for teachers and others interested in taking individual courses on a non-degree basis, and two convenient course delivery formats, Ashland's graduate programs in history and government are sure to fit your personal, professional, and educational needs.

Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government

An online Master of Arts program designed for secondary school teachers assigned to teach college-level coursework such as dual-credit classes, the MASTAHG program blends graduate-level coursework in the best practices of curriculum and instruction with advanced content study in American history and government. Available as a fully on-campus program, a hybrid program blending on-campus and online study, and as a fully online program.

  • 36 semester credit hours
  • Blends the study of the latest education theory with in-depth study of history and government
  • May be completed as a fully on-campus, hybrid on-campus/online, or fully online program

Master of Arts in American History and Government

A hybrid online/summer master's degree program in American history and government for social studies teachers, community college faculty, museum and library personnel, professional development coordinators, and others with a personal or professional interest in history and government. MAHG is available as a fully on-campus summer program and as a hybrid program blending on-campus summer study with online study.

  • 32 semester credit hours
  • Focused solely on the study of American history and government
  • May be completed as a fully on-campus summer program or as hybrid on-campus/online program
  • Traditional master's thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam options

Non-Degree Enrollment

Are you looking for graduate-level coursework in American history or political science but aren't interested in a full degree program? Need credits to renew a teaching licensure? Enrolled in another master's program and in need of content-field coursework for transfer? Interested in learning from a leading scholar in an area of personal or professional interest? Simply want to give our program a try without committing to the full degree program? Our courses, both online and on-campus, are open to all qualified students. 

  • Enroll in as many or as few courses as interest you
  • Simple and straight-forward application and registration process with no application fee
  • Apply credit earned as a non-degree student toward MA degree requirements if you later decide to enroll in the degree program (must decide before reaching 12 semester credit hours as a non-degree student)