Ashbrook Center

The Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University, restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. The Center teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world.  Ashbrook creates informed patriots.

Since 1983, the Ashbrook Center has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of success by building and refining a series of high-quality programs that impact thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students nationwide.

Programs for Students: The Ashbrook Scholar Program is a rigorous and top-rated academic program for undergraduate students at Ashland University and the cornerstone of Ashbrook’s programs for students. Students in the program must pursue a major or minor in Political Science, History, International Political Studies, or Integrated Social Studies and receive a $2000 annual renewable scholarship to Ashland. 

Students study the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, as well as everything from Homer and Aristotle to the Federalist Papers and the speeches and deeds of America’s greatest statesmen. Ashbrook Scholars develop a deep understanding of America's founding principles, engage in private conversations with the distinguished speakers who visit the Ashbrook Center, and participate in internships tailored to their interests.  The Ashbrook Scholar Program is an old-fashioned liberal arts education that prepares our students for a career in any field.

To learn more, visit our undergraduate website.

Programs for Teachers: Through our unique Master of Arts in American History and Government and our Live Online Graduate Courses, Ashbrook offers American history and government teachers the broadest and deepest training available anywhere. Supplementing traditional teacher training programs that focus on educational theory, Ashbrook’s graduate educational opportunities make it possible for teachers to learn from some of the leading history and government scholars in the country. Ashbrook has created a national university with unrivaled capacity for deepening teachers’ understanding and appreciation of America.

To learn more, visit our graduate program website.

Programs for Citizens: The Ashbrook Center hosts events and lectures on and off the Ashland campus, encouraging citizens to develop a deeper understanding of the principles upon which our great nation was founded.  President Ronald Reagan inaugurated the Center at the first annual Ashbrook Memorial Dinner in 1983. This annual event has continued to feature some of the world’s most noted political dignitaries, such as George H.W. Bush, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Justice Clarence Thomas, Henry Kissinger, Mitt Romney, and John Boehner.  Ashbrook hosts several other luncheon lectures and colloquia throughout the year featuring well-known speakers who examine current policy issues in the light of America’s constitutional principles.

To see what events we have coming up, visit our calendar of events.