College Credit Plus Curriculum

While all of our courses integrate the study of the American history and American government, certain courses focus more substantially on the people, events, and ideas of history while other courses more fully explore the nature, philosophy, and structure of United States government. Teachers preparing for College Credit Plus courses should consult with the higher education institution with which their school district has partnered prior to registering for classes.  Speak to your school district contact, the college or university's human resources office, or the academic department into which the course you will teach falls. Discuss with those decision-makers which Ashland courses are most appropriate as preparation for your upcoming College Credit Plus course. 

Here are suggested courses of study to best prepare you to teach particular college-level courses. Again, it is the student's responsibility to choose courses that the credit-issuing institution deems appropriate preparation. Students are urged to select courses in consultation with the partner institution of higher education.

Suggested courses for prospective American History instructors 

Teachers planning to become postsecondary American history instructors should focus their studies on courses covering the breadth of the American experience. It is suggested that your course of study cover the entirety of US history. While you are not required to take courses in chronological order or in any particular sequence, be sure you take courses covering the colonial and founding era, the 19th century, and the 20th century.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HIST 501 The American Revolution 2
HIST 502 The American Founding 2
HIST 503 Sectionalism and Civil War 2
HIST 505 The Progressive Era 2
HIST 506 The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 2
HIST 601  Sources of the American Regime  2
HIST 602  European Discovery and Settlement  2
HIST 603  Colonial America  2
HIST 604  The Early Republic  2
HIST 605  The Age of Enterprise  2
HIST 607  America during the Cold War  2
HIST 608 Civil War and Reconstruction 2
HIST 609 World War II 2
HIST 610  American Foreign Policy  2
HIST 611  The American Way of War  2
HIST 613 Postwar America, 1944-1973 2
HIST 614 Contemporary America, 1974 to present 2
HIST 620  The Reform Tradition in America  2
HIST 621  Race and Equality in America  2
HIST 622  Religion in American History and Politics  2
HIST 623  Gender and Equality in America  2
HIST 624 American Culture and Society 2
HIST 630  American Statesmen  2

Suggested courses for prospective American Government instructors 

Teachers planning to become postsecondary American government instructors should focus their studies on courses addressing the nature and philosophy of government in America as well as courses exploring the structure and operation of the federal government. 

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
POLSC 502 The American Founding 2
POLSC 601  Sources of the American Regime  2
POLSC 610  American Foreign Policy  2
POLSC 611  The American Way of War  2
POLSC 620  The Reform Tradition in America  2
POLSC 621  Race and Equality in America  2
POLSC 622  Religion in American History and Politics  2
POLSC 623  Gender and Equality in America  2
POLSC 631  American Political Rhetoric  2
POLSC 632  The American Presidency I, Washington to Lincoln  2
POLSC 633  The American Presidency II, Johnson to the present  2
POLSC 641  The Supreme Court  2
POLSC 642  Political Parties  2
POLSC 643 Constitutional Rights and Powers 2
POLSC 644 The Congress 2

In addition to the courses above, most semesters will also include several special topics courses, including: 

  • HIST/POLSC 510 - Great American Texts
  • HIST/POLSC 630 - American Statesmen
  • HIST/POLSC 660 - Topics in American History and Government

The topics of these courses will vary from semester to semester. Certain sections may be appropriate preparation for teaching government, others for history, and some equally appropriate for both disciplines.