Faculty Spotlight

Lucas Morel
Faculty

Lucas Morel is the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He teaches American government, political philosophy, constitutional law, black American politics, and politics and literature, with research interests in Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Morel is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. He has consulted on exhibits at the Library of Congress on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He has conducted history workshops for high school teachers throughout the country and co-written lessons on antebellum and Civil War America and the modern Civil Rights Movement for the EDSITEment website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science MonitorFirst Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He is the editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to "Invisible Man" (University Press of Kentucky, 2004) and the author of Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (Lexington Books, 2000). He just published an edited volume of scholarly essays entitled Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages (2014), and is a contributing editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi.

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American History and Government at Ashland

Ashland University's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government are designed to provide the flexibility busy working professionals need. With two unique degree programs, options for teachers and others interested in taking individual courses on a non-degree basis, and two convenient course delivery formats, Ashland's graduate programs in history and government are sure to fit your personal, professional, and educational needs.

Master of Arts in American History and Government

A hybrid online/summer master's degree program in American history and government for social studies teachers, community college faculty, museum and library personnel, professional development coordinators, and others with a personal or professional interest in history and government. MAHG is available as a fully on-campus summer program and as a hybrid program blending on-campus summer study with online study.

  • 32 semester credit hours
  • Focused solely on the study of American history and government
  • May be completed as a fully on-campus summer program or as hybrid on-campus/online program
  • Traditional master's thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam options

Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government

An online Master of Arts program designed for secondary school teachers assigned to teach college-level coursework such as dual-credit classes, the MASTAHG program blends graduate-level coursework in the best practices of curriculum and instruction with advanced content study in American history and government. Available as a fully on-campus program, a hybrid program blending on-campus and online study, and as a fully online program.

  • 36 semester credit hours
  • Blends the study of the latest education theory with in-depth study of history and government
  • May be completed as a fully on-campus, hybrid on-campus/online, or fully online program

Which Program is Right for Me?

While similar, there are a few key differences between the MAHG and MASTAHG programs.

MAHG MASTAHG
Number of credit hours required? 32 36
Can the degree be completed fully online? No Yes
Appropriate for secondary school teachers or community college faculty? Yes Yes
Appropriate if I plan to pursue doctoral studies in history or government? Yes No
All courses are focused on history and govenment content? Yes No
Suitable for teachers of advanced/accelerated high school courses? Yes Yes
Minimum time to completion with full time study (7-8 credit hours per semester) 15 months 22 months