Master of Arts in American History and Government

A liberal arts graduate program designed for secondary school social studies teachers

If you are like most social studies teachers, you received training in the methods of effective teacher and classroom management as an undergraduate in a college of education. But, how much time were you able to spend studying the substance of what you teach? How many courses did you take on the actual topics you teach each day, topics like the American founding, the causes and effects of the Civil War, or the role of the progressive movement in shaping the modern United States?

As an educator considering graduate studies, you probably have many master's programs in educational methods available to you at local universities or through distance learning.  But, what if you want to study the people, events, and ideas that shaped the United States, or the the origins and structure of the American political system?  Pursuing a degree in history or political science would likely require you to give up working and perhaps relocate in order to pursue your studies full time.  For most teachers, this is impractical or impossible.

Ashland University's Master of Arts program in American History and Government (MAHG) was designed to address the need of social studies teachers for rigorous graduate-level study in the content of history and government. Offered on a unique schedule of weeklong summer seminars in a traditional classroom setting and live, interactive web-based videoconference courses, each course in the program focuses on the study and interpretation of the materials from which we build our understanding of the past: original historical documents.

MAHG - An Inside Look

What sets MAHG apart from many programs are our summer residential courses. Unlike the experience you will get in an online or commuter program, MAHG's convenient weeklong summer courses make it possible to immerse yourself in your studies, free from the distractions of home. Listen as MAHG students and faculty reflect upon their experiences and explain why this program is the best option for a social studies teacher who aims to be the best.

The Key Facts About MAHG

  • Hybrid Online/Summer program
  • Focused solely on the study of history and government
  • Appropriate for social studies teachers, community college faculty, and others with a personal or professional interest in history or government

Faculty Spotlight

Jeremy Bailey
Faculty

Jeremy D. Bailey, Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston, holds the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair and a dual appointment in Political Science and the university's Honors College. His research interests include executive power, constitutionalism, and American political thought and development.  His current book project is The Idea of Presidential Representation: An Intellectual and Political History.  His major publications include James Madison and Constitutional Imperfection (Cambridge University Press, 2015), The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010 (University Press of Kansas 2013, coauthored with David Alvis and Flagg Taylor), which was named a 2014 “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, "The New Unitary Executive and Democratic Theory," (American Political Science Review 2008) and Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Cambridge University Press 2007).

Bailey attended Rhodes College and received his Ph.D. from Boston College, where his dissertation was the 2004 co-winner of the APSA' s E. E. Schattschneider Prize for best dissertation in American politics. He joined the University of Houston in 2007, and, in 2014, he was awarded the University's Provost Core Teaching Excellence Award.  He is the director of the Phronesis minor in the Honors College and the co-director of the Tocqueville Forum in American Ideas and Institutions.