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Study Tour to Israel

ABOUT THE ISRAEL STUDY TOUR HIST/POLSC 341 Modern Middle East is a multidisciplinary course offered in conjunc tion with a trip to Israel in 2018… Read more

New Eagle Emerges with Spring

A new eagle has emerged fully grown from the ground, or rather, from the tree stump at the pedestrian entrance to AU on College Ave… Read more

Two Week Tour of the Eastern Front in WWII

The Battle of Stalingrad Dr. John Moser is leading a 14 day tour of the Russian Front in WWII next spring, in conjunction with his… Read more

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science
Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center...Read more

Student Spotlight

I learned Latin at the feet of Dr. Foster. I took my first Latin class in the fall of my sophomore year. During my sophomore year, I was a student in the...Read more

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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.
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
Rebecca Heinricks – Class of 2004
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... more
Erin Sutter – 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... more
Lindsey Grudnicki – Class of 2013
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... more
Jaclyn Horn – Class of 2015
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.
Marc Zimmerman – Class of 2013
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... more
Philip Schaffer - Class of 2014
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
Joe Postell – Class of 2001
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... more
Hannah Curtis – Class of 2015
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... more
Tim Haglund – Class of 2010