Faculty Spotlight

Faculty

Peter C. Myers is Professor of Political Science, specializing in political philosophy and U.S. constitutional law, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. His Ph.D. dissertation, “John Locke on the Naturalness of Rights,” received the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Field of Political Philosophy in 1992.

Professor Myers is the author of two books: Our Only Star and Compass: Locke on the Struggle for Political Rationality (1998) and Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism (2008). He has published articles, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of liberal political philosophy, American literature, and American political thought, including a chapter on Martin Luther King, Jr., in the History of American Political Thought anthology edited by Bryan-Paul Frost and Ashland University’s Jeffrey Sikkenga, and an article on Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln in the May 2010 issue of the American Political Science Review. He is currently researching a book on the idea of color-blindness in American political thought.

Paying for Your Education

Take your first course tuition-free

The best way to determine if the MAHG program is right for you is to experience it first-hand as a student. Newly admitted degree-seeking students receive their first course at our main campus in Ashland, Ohio tuition-free. We believe that once you meet our faculty, experience the lively discussions that take place in MAHG classrooms, and interact with fellow students from around the nation who share your passion for teaching American history and government, you will continue in the program. In addition to this tuition-free course, you are welcome to take additional courses at the regular tuition rate.

Please note that this offer applies only to newly-admitted degree-seeking students taking their first course at our Ashland, Ohio campus. Applicants must meet all Ashland University admissions requirements and have been formally admitted prior to attending class. The tuition-free offer does not apply to courses offered in locations other than the Ashland main campus, independent study courses, or online courses.* Room, board, and books are not included, but are available for an additional fee. The tuition-free offer must be used during the must be used during the first summer semester after admission and does not carry over to subsequent years.

*New students who plan to take their chronologically first course online or at a location other than the Ashland main campus but also plan to take courses at the Ashland campus during the first summer semester after admission may apply the tuition-free offer to the first course taken at the Ashland campus, even if it is not the first class taken in the program.

External Fellowship Opportunities

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

A graduate fellowship for current or prospective secondary school American history, American government, or social studies teachers who wish to pursue a master's degree in a program focused on the study of the Constitution. More than 50 Madison fellows from across the country are MAHG students or graduates and several of our faculty members have served on the fellowship's selection committee. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to visit our Madison Fellowship Application Advice page for insights from our fellows and our faculty.

Humane Studies Fellowships

Offered by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, the Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students studying economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, or sociology who plan a research focus on liberty, freedom of action and association, and the rule of law.

Ashland University Fellowships

Through the generous support of our donors, the Ashbrook Center is able to offer the following scholarships to support studies in the Master of Arts program in American History and Government. Each award is made on an annual basis and is not automatically renewable. These awards are for on-campus summer graduate credit study only in courses with an AHG-prefix and may not be used to audit a course on a non-credit basis, for online courses, or for courses in the College of Education. Awards are open to both MAHG and MASTAHG students.

To see a current list of summer fellowship opportunities or to apply, visit our Financial Aid page for students.

Graduate Loans

Ashland University participates in the Federal Stafford Loan, the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and the Federal Parent PLUS Loan (for dependent students) programs. These programs are available to all eligible students enrolled in the MAHG or MASTAHG programs on a degree-seeking basis. In addition, there are also private education loan programs available for MA students.

Loans for MA students are processed through the Ashland University Financial Aid office once students have been accepted into an MA program. However, prospective students may begin the loan application process prior to acceptance to ensure that all forms have been received by the Financial Aid office and are ready to be processed as soon as the student is accepted into the program.

To learn more about Federal Student Loans and other student loan options, or to apply, please visit the Ashland University Financial Aid Office website.