US Government & Politics Certificate Curriculum

Program Structure

Each course in the program is offered for two (2) semester credit hours. Courses are offered in two formats:

  • As residential Weeklong Summer courses during the months of June and July at our Ashland, Ohio campus.
  • As live online webconference courses offered on various schedules throughout the academic year.

The typical time to completion of the certificate program is 12 months to 15 months. Students may take up to eight (8) total credit hours during any one semester. Students may take up to two (2) concurrent fall or spring semester Live Online courses, and no more than four (4) during any one semester. Only one course may be taken at a time during summer semesters. Students may not take a Weeklong Summer and a Live Online course concurrently.

Students should consult with their program advisor to discuss their semester-by-semester load. All certificate requirements must be completed within ten (10) years from the date of the first course attempted.

Course of Study

Choose any nine (9) courses from the following:

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsPrerequisites
POLSC 501 The American Revolution 2 None
POLSC 502 The American Founding 2 None
POLSC 503 Sectionalism and Civil War 2 None
POLSC 505 The Progressive Era 2 None
POLSC 506 The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 2 None
POLSC 510* Great American Texts 2 None
POLSC 630*  American Statesmen  2  None
POLSC 631  American Political Rhetoric  2  None
POLSC 632  The American Presidency I, Washington to Lincoln  2  None
POLSC 633  The American Presidency II, Johnson to the present  2  None
POLSC 644  The Congress  2  None
POLSC 641  The Supreme Court  2  None
POLSC 642  Political Parties  2  None
POLSC 643* Constitutional Rights and Powers 2 None
POLSC 660*  Topics in American History and Government  2  None

* Course may be repeated as long as each instance is on a different topic.