Faculty Spotlight

Jeffrey Sikkenga

Jeffrey Sikkenga is Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding, and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and religion in liberal democracy and America in particular. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Journal of Markets and Morality, and Religion and Liberty. He co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2003), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999), and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002). He is currently working on a book on the natural right to freedom of religion in the political thought of John Locke and the American Founders, exploring the foundations and political implications of religious liberty as a human right.

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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.

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