Department of History & Political Science

Contact Us

Department Chair

Chris Burkett
Chair of the Department of History and Political Science
129 Andrews
419.289.5686
cburket1@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Understanding Our World by Studying Its Past

Understanding the greatest minds and key events of the past is key to becoming an educated citizen and successful future professional. The History program at Ashland University helps you examine the past while building your writing, analysis, and communication skills to give you...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BSED

Are you interested in teaching social studies to young minds? Learn how to confidently and competently bring the social sciences to life for the next generation in the Integrated Social Studies Education program at Ashland University.

This major combines the strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences with...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Entering the International Stage

Take an active role on the global stage in the International Political Studies program at Ashland University.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Shaping Public Policy

Are you interested in the fusion between economics and politics? The distinctive Political Economy program at Ashland University combines courses from the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business & Economics to give you a solid understanding of the many ways politics and economics interact...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
A Powerful Way to Learn

Are you a natural leader with an interest in politics or government? Consider the Political Science Program at Ashland University.

Graduate
Degree Type: MA

There are many hybrid and online master's degree programs available, but how many can combine the rich interaction of a brick-and-mortar classroom with the convenience of learning from home? Ashland University's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government take online learning to the next level. At Ashland, you'll...

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Undergraduate Catalogs

Current Academic Year
History
History Brochure
History Course Rotation
History Four-Year Guide
Integrated Social Studies Education
Integrated Social Studies Four-Year Guide
Integrated Social Studies Education Curriculum and Licensure Guide
International Political Studies
International Political Science Four-Year Guide
Political Economy
Political Economy Course Rotation
Political Economy Four-Year Guide
Political Science
Political Science Course Rotation
Political Science Four-Year Guide

Faculty

Christopher Burkett
Dr. Christopher Burkett
Acting Chair, Department of History & Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
419.289.5686 / cburket1@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
David Foster
Dr. David Foster
Professor of Political Science
122 , Andrews Hall
419.289.5626 / dfoster2@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
david hadley
Dr. David Hadley
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
128, Andrews Hall
419.207.4934 / dhadley@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Duncan Jamieson, Professor of History
Dr. Duncan Jamieson
Professor of History
113, Andrews Hall
419.289.5895 / djamieso@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
greg mcbrayer
Dr. Gregory McBrayer
Director, Core Curriculum, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Political Economy Program
125, Andrews Hall
419.289.5380 / gmcbraye@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
john moser
Dr. John Moser
Professor of History, Chair, Master of American History and Government
119, Andrews Hall
419.289.5231 / jmoser1@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Rene Paddags
Dr. René Paddags
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
419.289.5335 / rpaddags@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
cara rogers
Dr. Cara Rogers
Assistant Professor
123, Andrews Hall
419.289.5338 / croger17@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Interim Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, Professor of Political Science
Ashbrook Center
419.289.5625 / jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Cole Simmons
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
120, Andrews Hall
419.289.5171 / dsimmon9@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Jason Stevens
Dr. Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Scienc
115, Andrews Hall
419.207.4933 / jsteven2@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
david west
Dr. David West
Assistant Professor of History
117, Andrews Hall
419.289.5709 / dwest6@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science

Department News

AU in Costa Rica Information Meeting

Best of Luck to Our Majors Presenting at 2019 URCA!

The History and Political Science Department wishes its majors the best of luck as they present their work at the 2019 CAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium on Tuesday!

Kaitlyn Bailey, History, Political Science, & English major
Topic: Answering the Battle Cry of Freedom: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Call to Noble Action
The aim of Bailey's project is to understand the Civil War experience of Chamberlain, most known for defending Little Round Top at Gettysburg, through his own words. The center of this experience was what Chamberlain labeled the “call to noble action.” By understanding the call to noble action, one can better understand the experiences Chamberlain and his men had during the Civil War.
Naomi Sims, Political Science & Creative Writing major
Topic: The Relationship of Artificial Intelligence and Humanity: Andy, the Analysis of a Screenplay
In her presentation, Sims will explore AI through film as opposed to more formal academic mediums because film provokes thought and introspection by placing the viewer in the shoes of a character. She will discuss the possibility of AI wanting to be human rather than to destroy humanity. AI as human raises philosophical, moral, and political questions which she will seek to answer by creating a fictional world and exploring what those relationships could look like.
Hendrick Stoops, Political Science major
Topic: Power, Politics, & Public: The Sublime & Depraved Uses of Zeppelins in Germany
Stoops' study examines the political influences of and on Zeppelins, particularly in the Weimar and Nazi eras, in order to better understand their importance to the German people and government. He examines primary documents, and three particular ships covered in them, to highlight the links between Zeppelins and sociopolitical identity. 
More information about URCA, including full abstracts for each presentation, can be found on their blog. ...Read more

Democracy needs Education in Ideas

David Smith, a lecturer in American history at Baylor University, wrote an interesting column for the The Dallas Morning News on May 11, 2018. Here's one way he puts the argument:
Unlike accounting, marketing or computer programming, which are skills, human rights, a free press and democratic government are ideas. Consequently, if those who believe in democracy don't stay conversant with ideas and how they should influence us, an appreciation of the subtleties that allow democracy to work will dissolve. We're already seeing it every time we turn on the news.Here's the whole column:


Democracy Dies in Materialism and the U.S. is at Risk
Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, in what amounted to an ongoing editorial about his administration, The Washington Post situated the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" right below the paper's masthead. It's a bold pronouncement: not entirely inaccurate, but one that falls far short of encompassing the broader threat to the democratic order in the United States.
It's more accurate to say that democracy dies in materialism, by which I mean our utilitarian attitude today that knowledge is rooted only in marketable skills. It changes our perception of democracy from being a way to secure abstract rights and liberties into a means by which we can have fewer limits on what we obtain, measure each other by what we have and block those who disagree with us.
A materialistic view doesn't equip us to think deeply about human rights, civil rights, the role of government or human flourishing. It cripples our ability to think historically and critically, and so reinforces the tribalism that's already transforming our politics into isolated echo chambers of certainty and hostility. 
As a teacher I see this constantly. "I love history and I would major in it, but my parents won't let me," is one of the saddest things a student has ever...Read more

Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) DROP-IN SESSION


Learn more about ATIC at this “Come & Go” session.Wednesday, April 18 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar College of Education
ATIC offers 14-week in-residence internships near Dayton in either Intelligence to become an all-source intelligence analyst or Cyber Data Security to become a cybersecurity analyst

During an internship at ATIC, you will:

Learn from leaders in the Intelligence community in organizations such as CIA, FBI, NSA, DEA.Learn by doing, discovering and exploring cybersecurity and data analysis in an experiential learning environment.Earn 12 semester hours of credit.Be eligible for Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance.
www.ashland.edu/ATIC

BE CAREER READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!Ashland University’s Partnership with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) opens doors for your career as either an Intelligence Analyst or as a Cyber Analyst.

Who can participate in the Intelligence Program?
Students from many majors are needed in the Intelligence Community, for example majors in Criminal Justice, History/Political Science, Math, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Accounting, Economics, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, English and others. Students must be 20 years of age, a U.S. citizen and have no felony convictions.

Who can participate in the Cyber Data Program?
Most likely Computer Science or Information Systems majors or minors. Students must be 18 years of age, and complete a criminal background check. The benefits of an internship at ATIC continue after completion of the internship as ATIC staff helps expedite the process to get graduates on the job.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Additional information and the approval form may be found on the College of Arts and Sciences pages at Ashland.edu/ATIC....Read more

Ashbrook Scholar Program

The Ashbrook Scholarship is a $2,000 annual and renewable scholarship to Ashland University awarded solely on merit to the most promising students interested in studying politics and history. But it’s so much more than that.

There is a sense of honor attached to being called an “Ashbrook Scholar” because one must work hard to win and keep the title. In the course of their four years at Ashland University, Ashbrook Scholars from across the nation undertake a program of courses and activities that challenge their mettle as students and bring out the best qualities of their character.

The broader purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar Program is to educate principled leaders for America’s future by teaching the principles of free government and promoting the civic virtue necessary to maintain it.

The Ashbrook Scholar Program has achieved a national reputation as one of the finest programs for undergraduate students due to the quality of the students it attracts, the superb faculty who teach them in the classroom, and the dedicated staff who devote an extraordinary amount of time to them outside the classroom. These factors, coupled with a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes the reading of original historical texts and documents, come together to form an undergraduate program in politics and history that cannot be found anywhere else.

Learn more about this opportunity for those who intend to major or minor in history, political science, or integrated social studies education at www.ashbrookscholar.org.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Chris Burkett
Chair of the Department of History and Political Science
129 Andrews
419.289.5686
cburket1@ashland.edu

Programs

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Understanding Our World by Studying Its Past

Understanding the greatest minds and key events of the past is key to becoming an educated citizen and successful future professional. The History program at Ashland University helps you examine the past while building your writing, analysis, and communication skills to give you...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BSED

Are you interested in teaching social studies to young minds? Learn how to confidently and competently bring the social sciences to life for the next generation in the Integrated Social Studies Education program at Ashland University.

This major combines the strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences with...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Entering the International Stage

Take an active role on the global stage in the International Political Studies program at Ashland University.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Shaping Public Policy

Are you interested in the fusion between economics and politics? The distinctive Political Economy program at Ashland University combines courses from the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business & Economics to give you a solid understanding of the many ways politics and economics interact...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
A Powerful Way to Learn

Are you a natural leader with an interest in politics or government? Consider the Political Science Program at Ashland University.

Graduate
Degree Type: MA

There are many hybrid and online master's degree programs available, but how many can combine the rich interaction of a brick-and-mortar classroom with the convenience of learning from home? Ashland University's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government take online learning to the next level. At Ashland, you'll...

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Undergraduate Catalogs

Current Academic Year
History
History Brochure
History Course Rotation
History Four-Year Guide
Integrated Social Studies Education
Integrated Social Studies Four-Year Guide
Integrated Social Studies Education Curriculum and Licensure Guide
International Political Studies
International Political Science Four-Year Guide
Political Economy
Political Economy Course Rotation
Political Economy Four-Year Guide
Political Science
Political Science Course Rotation
Political Science Four-Year Guide

Faculty

Faculty

Christopher Burkett
Dr. Christopher Burkett
Acting Chair, Department of History & Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
419.289.5686 / cburket1@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
David Foster
Dr. David Foster
Professor of Political Science
122 , Andrews Hall
419.289.5626 / dfoster2@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
david hadley
Dr. David Hadley
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
128, Andrews Hall
419.207.4934 / dhadley@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Duncan Jamieson, Professor of History
Dr. Duncan Jamieson
Professor of History
113, Andrews Hall
419.289.5895 / djamieso@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
greg mcbrayer
Dr. Gregory McBrayer
Director, Core Curriculum, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Political Economy Program
125, Andrews Hall
419.289.5380 / gmcbraye@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
john moser
Dr. John Moser
Professor of History, Chair, Master of American History and Government
119, Andrews Hall
419.289.5231 / jmoser1@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Rene Paddags
Dr. René Paddags
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
419.289.5335 / rpaddags@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
cara rogers
Dr. Cara Rogers
Assistant Professor
123, Andrews Hall
419.289.5338 / croger17@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Interim Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, Professor of Political Science
Ashbrook Center
419.289.5625 / jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Dr. Cole Simmons
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
120, Andrews Hall
419.289.5171 / dsimmon9@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
Jason Stevens
Dr. Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Scienc
115, Andrews Hall
419.207.4933 / jsteven2@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
david west
Dr. David West
Assistant Professor of History
117, Andrews Hall
419.289.5709 / dwest6@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science

Department News

Department News

AU in Costa Rica Information Meeting

Best of Luck to Our Majors Presenting at 2019 URCA!

The History and Political Science Department wishes its majors the best of luck as they present their work at the 2019 CAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium on Tuesday!

Kaitlyn Bailey, History, Political Science, & English major
Topic: Answering the Battle Cry of Freedom: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Call to Noble Action
The aim of Bailey's project is to understand the Civil War experience of Chamberlain, most known for defending Little Round Top at Gettysburg, through his own words. The center of this experience was what Chamberlain labeled the “call to noble action.” By understanding the call to noble action, one can better understand the experiences Chamberlain and his men had during the Civil War.
Naomi Sims, Political Science & Creative Writing major
Topic: The Relationship of Artificial Intelligence and Humanity: Andy, the Analysis of a Screenplay
In her presentation, Sims will explore AI through film as opposed to more formal academic mediums because film provokes thought and introspection by placing the viewer in the shoes of a character. She will discuss the possibility of AI wanting to be human rather than to destroy humanity. AI as human raises philosophical, moral, and political questions which she will seek to answer by creating a fictional world and exploring what those relationships could look like.
Hendrick Stoops, Political Science major
Topic: Power, Politics, & Public: The Sublime & Depraved Uses of Zeppelins in Germany
Stoops' study examines the political influences of and on Zeppelins, particularly in the Weimar and Nazi eras, in order to better understand their importance to the German people and government. He examines primary documents, and three particular ships covered in them, to highlight the links between Zeppelins and sociopolitical identity. 
More information about URCA, including full abstracts for each presentation, can be found on their blog. ...Read more

Democracy needs Education in Ideas

David Smith, a lecturer in American history at Baylor University, wrote an interesting column for the The Dallas Morning News on May 11, 2018. Here's one way he puts the argument:
Unlike accounting, marketing or computer programming, which are skills, human rights, a free press and democratic government are ideas. Consequently, if those who believe in democracy don't stay conversant with ideas and how they should influence us, an appreciation of the subtleties that allow democracy to work will dissolve. We're already seeing it every time we turn on the news.Here's the whole column:


Democracy Dies in Materialism and the U.S. is at Risk
Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, in what amounted to an ongoing editorial about his administration, The Washington Post situated the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" right below the paper's masthead. It's a bold pronouncement: not entirely inaccurate, but one that falls far short of encompassing the broader threat to the democratic order in the United States.
It's more accurate to say that democracy dies in materialism, by which I mean our utilitarian attitude today that knowledge is rooted only in marketable skills. It changes our perception of democracy from being a way to secure abstract rights and liberties into a means by which we can have fewer limits on what we obtain, measure each other by what we have and block those who disagree with us.
A materialistic view doesn't equip us to think deeply about human rights, civil rights, the role of government or human flourishing. It cripples our ability to think historically and critically, and so reinforces the tribalism that's already transforming our politics into isolated echo chambers of certainty and hostility. 
As a teacher I see this constantly. "I love history and I would major in it, but my parents won't let me," is one of the saddest things a student has ever...Read more

Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) DROP-IN SESSION


Learn more about ATIC at this “Come & Go” session.Wednesday, April 18 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar College of Education
ATIC offers 14-week in-residence internships near Dayton in either Intelligence to become an all-source intelligence analyst or Cyber Data Security to become a cybersecurity analyst

During an internship at ATIC, you will:

Learn from leaders in the Intelligence community in organizations such as CIA, FBI, NSA, DEA.Learn by doing, discovering and exploring cybersecurity and data analysis in an experiential learning environment.Earn 12 semester hours of credit.Be eligible for Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance.
www.ashland.edu/ATIC

BE CAREER READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!Ashland University’s Partnership with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) opens doors for your career as either an Intelligence Analyst or as a Cyber Analyst.

Who can participate in the Intelligence Program?
Students from many majors are needed in the Intelligence Community, for example majors in Criminal Justice, History/Political Science, Math, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Accounting, Economics, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, English and others. Students must be 20 years of age, a U.S. citizen and have no felony convictions.

Who can participate in the Cyber Data Program?
Most likely Computer Science or Information Systems majors or minors. Students must be 18 years of age, and complete a criminal background check. The benefits of an internship at ATIC continue after completion of the internship as ATIC staff helps expedite the process to get graduates on the job.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Additional information and the approval form may be found on the College of Arts and Sciences pages at Ashland.edu/ATIC....Read more

Ashbrook Scholar Program

Ashbrook Scholar Program

The Ashbrook Scholarship is a $2,000 annual and renewable scholarship to Ashland University awarded solely on merit to the most promising students interested in studying politics and history. But it’s so much more than that.

There is a sense of honor attached to being called an “Ashbrook Scholar” because one must work hard to win and keep the title. In the course of their four years at Ashland University, Ashbrook Scholars from across the nation undertake a program of courses and activities that challenge their mettle as students and bring out the best qualities of their character.

The broader purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar Program is to educate principled leaders for America’s future by teaching the principles of free government and promoting the civic virtue necessary to maintain it.

The Ashbrook Scholar Program has achieved a national reputation as one of the finest programs for undergraduate students due to the quality of the students it attracts, the superb faculty who teach them in the classroom, and the dedicated staff who devote an extraordinary amount of time to them outside the classroom. These factors, coupled with a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes the reading of original historical texts and documents, come together to form an undergraduate program in politics and history that cannot be found anywhere else.

Learn more about this opportunity for those who intend to major or minor in history, political science, or integrated social studies education at www.ashbrookscholar.org.

Defining the Political Landscape

Are you interested in current affairs? Do you follow U.S. and global developments? Do you want an exciting career that will open your eyes to the world around you?

Explore political dynamics and history to build a deeper understanding of our contemporary world in the History & Political Science Department at Ashland University.

Benefits of Study

The History & Political Science Department offers majors in history, political science, international political studies, and more that lead to careers in business, government, law, teaching, and other professions. Specific program benefits include:

  • Study primary sources instead of textbooks including the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. and the poems of Homer

  • Learn in conversational classrooms instead of lectures to encourage the forming and sharing of ideas

  • Collaborate with professors that are deeply involved in your education, senior theses, and research

  • Get to know your professors in small classroom settings to encourage individualized attention

  • Benefit from invaluable internship opportunities that often open up career opportunities

Explore one of the many programs to find the one best suited for your future career.

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