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focuses on the study and interpretation of the materials from which we build our understanding of the past: original historical documents.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

Jennifer Keene
Faculty

Jennifer D. Keene is Professor of History and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. She received her Ph.D. in History from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a specialist in American military experience during World War I.  She received the Wang-Franklin Professorship for 2007-09, the highest faculty award given by Chapman University. Dr. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War, Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001), The United States and the First World War (2000), and World War I ( 2006). She is also the lead author for an America history textbook, Visions of America: A History of the United States. She is currently working on a book detailing the African American experience during the First World War and has another project comparing the experiences of soldiers from the French and British empires during World War I. Dr. Keene served as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005) which won the Society of Military History's prize for best military history reference book. She is on the advisory board of the International Society for First World War Studies and serves as the book review editor for the Journal of First World War Studies.

She has received numerous fellowships for her research, including a Mellon Fellowship, a Graves Award, Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Australia and France, an Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant, and a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Award.  Dr. Keene's articles have appeared in the Organization of American Historians Magazine of HistoryAnnales de Démographie Historique, Peace & Change, Intelligence and National Security, and Military Psychology. She has published essays in several edited anthologies, including Warfare and Belligerence: New Perspectives on the First World War, National Stereotypes in Perspective: Frenchmen in America: Americans in France, and Knowing Your Friends: Intelligence Inside Alliances and Coalitions from 1914 to the Cold War. In addition, Dr. Keene has served as an on-camera expert for several film documentaries including "The March of the Bonus Army," that aired on PBS nationwide on Memorial Day 2006 and has appeared on the Chicago Public Radio Program, Odyssey. She also works closely with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute offering Teaching American History workshops for secondary school teachers throughout the country. Prior to joining the faculty of Chapman University in 2004, Dr. Keene taught at the University of Redlands.