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Department News

Shelby Boatman Selected for Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award

History major Shelby Boatman is one of only 15 undergraduate history majors in the country to have been chosen to receive the 2016 Gilder Lehrman… Read more

Honors and Awards

T his week students and faculty in History and Political Science received several honors for academic excellence, leadership, and service. The most important award was… Read more

Three Centuries of American Prints

Joseph Phelan has written a great review of a wonderful exhibition of American prints at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He brings… Read more

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Faculty Spotlight

Christopher Burkett
Christopher Burkett, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2005. He teaches American political thought and institutions courses, and his fields of expertise...Read more

Student Spotlight

Wessel
Integrated Social Studies, 2013
Henry Wessel did his senior teaching experience at Sangaree Middle School in Goose Creek, Berkeley County, SC. This middle school has a total enrollment of 734...Read more

Department Info

Dr. David Foster, Chair
419.289.5626
dfoster2@ashland.edu
122 Andrews

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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.

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