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Department News

Studying French in France

Ben Bilimek, Logan Alexander, and Michaela Teague, all history and/or International Political Studies majors, studied French in Annecy, France, this summer as part of the… Read more

Internship at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL

Maddie Emholtz did an internship this summer at the Naval Aviation Museum, working with the museum's collections. She did a little bit of everything: cataloging… Read more

Summer Trips Abroad

Being the curious, adventurous people that they are, many history and political science majors studied or took trips abroad this summer. Here is a group… 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

Schaffer
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

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.

In Their Own Words

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