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focuses on the study and interpretation of the materials from which we build our understanding of the past: original historical documents.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

Stephen Tootle
Faculty

Stephen Tootle is Professor of History at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.  Professor Tootle received his history degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (B.A., 1996), Fresno State (M.A., 1997), and Ohio University (Ph.D., 2004).  Tootle taught American political history, American intellectual history, and U.S. foreign policy at the University of Northern Colorado and Georgia State before moving back to his hometown to start a family in 2007.  His reviews, articles, and essays have appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the History News Network, and his hometown newspaper.  He is married with two young sons, Otis and Isaac.  He serves as an Elder at Visalia’s First Presbyterian Church, on the Board of the College of the Sequoias Foundation, as the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party in Tulare County, is the advisor for the College Honor Society and the College Republicans, administrates a speaker series on individual liberty, and recently concluded a term as a Leadership Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.  Tootle is a musician, and his other hobbies include shooting, riding his motorcycle, and spending as much time as possible at Huntington Lake and the Kings/Sequoia National Parks.