Faculty Spotlight

Natalie F. Taylor
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Natalie Taylor is Associate Professor of Government at Skidmore College.  She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Theory from Fordham University.  She has published The Rights of Woman as Chimera: the Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (2007) and an edited volume titled A Political Companion to Henry Adams (2010). At Skidmore College, Dr. Taylor teaches courses on U.S Government Institutions, Feminist Political Thought, and American Political thought among others.

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Students planning to graduate in Fall 2016 should register for graduation with the AU Registrar by September 1st.  Complete details are available at the Registrar's website.

MAHG Course of Study

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 webinar courses offered on various schedules throughout the academic year.

The degree requires a total of 32 semester credit hours. Students may choose from either a thesis, capstone project, or a comprehensive examination track.

The minimum time to completion is 15 months of full-time study, starting in June and continuing until August of the second year. For students whose personal and profession lives require part-time study, a more reasonable timeline to completion is two to four years depending upon the student's desired course load and track option.

Students may take up to four (4) Weeklong Summer courses during any one summer 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. 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 degree requirements must be completed within ten (10) years from the date of their first course. 

Course of Study

Curriculum for Students Admitted for Summer 2016 or Earlier

The following course of study applies to students admitted to the MAHG program on a degree-seeking basis prior to the Fall 2016 semester. These requirements correspond to those published in the Graduate Catalog in 2015 and earlier.

Core Courses

The full 12 semester credit hour Core is required for all degree students.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsPrerequisites
AHG 501 The American Revolution 2 None
AHG 502 The American Founding 2 None
AHG 503 Sectionalism and Civil War 2 None
AHG 504 or AHG 608 Civil War and Reconstruction 2 None
AHG 505 The Progressive Era 2 None
AHG 510 Great American Texts 2 None

Elective Courses

All students must earn 20 hours of elective credit. 

Students on the Thesis or Capstone Project tracks must complete 7 elective courses (14 semester hours), plus AHG 690 (2 semester hours) and either AHG 691 or AHG 692 (4 semester hours).

Students on the Comprehensive Examination track must complete 10 elective courses (20 semester hours) and AHG 693 (0 semester hours). 

Course Number
Course Title
Hrs
Prerequisites
AHG 506
The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945
2
None
AHG 601
 Sources of the American Regime
 2
 None
AHG 602
 European Discovery and Settlement
 2
 None
AHG 603
 Colonial America
 2
 None
AHG 604
 The Early Republic
 2
 None
AHG 605
 The Age of Enterprise
 2
 None
AHG 606
 America between World Wars
 2
 None
AHG 607
 America during the Cold War
 2
 None
AHG 610
 American Foreign Policy
 2
 None
AHG 611
 The American Way of War
 2
 None
AHG 620
 The Reform Tradition in America
 2
None
AHG 621
 Race and Equality in America
 2
 None
AHG 622
 Religion in American History and Politics
 2
 None
AHG 623
 Gender and Equality in America
 2
 None
AHG 630
 American Statesmen
 2
 None
AHG 631
 American Political Rhetoric
 2
None
AHG 632
 The American Presidency I, Washington to Lincoln
 2
 None
AHG 633
 The American Presidency II, Johnson to the present
 2
 None
AHG 640
 The Congress
 2
 None
AHG 641
 The Supreme Court
 2
 None
AHG 642
 Political Parties
 2
 None
AHG 660
 Topics in American History and Government
 2
 None
AHG 670
 Directed Study
 2
 None
AHG 690
 Research Methods
 2
 Completed 20 Hours
AHG 691
 Thesis
 4
 AHG 690
AHG 692
 Capstone Project
 4
 AHG 690
AHG 693
 Comprehensive Examination
 0
 Permission

Curriculum for Students Admitted for Fall 2016 or Later

The following course of study applies to students admitted to the MAHG program on a degree-seeking basis for the Fall 2016 semester or later. These requirements correspond to those published in the Graduate Catalog in 2016 and thereafter.

Core Courses

The full 12 semester credit hour Core is required for all degree students.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsPrerequisites
AHG 501 The American Revolution 2 None
AHG 502 The American Founding 2 None
AHG 503 Sectionalism and Civil War 2 None
AHG 505 The Progressive Era 2 None
AHG 506 The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 2 None
AHG 510 Great American Texts 2 None

Elective Courses

All students must earn 20 hours of elective credit. 

Students on the Thesis or Capstone Project tracks must complete 7 elective courses (14 semester hours), plus AHG 690 (2 semester hours) and either AHG 691 or AHG 692 (4 semester hours).

Students on the Comprehensive Examination track must complete 10 elective courses (20 semester hours) and AHG 693 (0 semester hours). 

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsPrerequisites
AHG 601  Sources of the American Regime  2  None
AHG 602  European Discovery and Settlement  2  None
AHG 603  Colonial America  2  None
AHG 604  The Early Republic  2  None
AHG 605  The Age of Enterprise  2  None
AHG 606  America between World Wars  2  None
AHG 607  America during the Cold War  2  None
AHG 608 Civil War and Reconstruction 2 None
AHG 610  American Foreign Policy  2  None
AHG 611  The American Way of War  2  None
AHG 620  The Reform Tradition in America  2  None
AHG 621  Race and Equality in America  2  None
AHG 622  Religion in American History and Politics  2  None
AHG 623  Gender and Equality in America  2  None
AHG 630  American Statesmen  2  None
AHG 631  American Political Rhetoric  2  None
AHG 632  The American Presidency I, Washington to Lincoln  2  None
AHG 633  The American Presidency II, Johnson to the present  2  None
AHG 640  The Congress  2  None
AHG 641  The Supreme Court  2  None
AHG 642  Political Parties  2  None
AHG 660  Topics in American History and Government  2  None
AHG 670  Directed Study  2  None
AHG 691  Thesis  4  None
AHG 692  Capstone Project  4 None
AHG 693  Comprehensive Examination  0  Permission

The Comprehensive Examination, Capstone Project, and Thesis Tracks

Students may choose the thesis, the capstone project, or the comprehensive exam track. In choosing a track, students should consider their professional and educational goals and needs in consultation with their academic advisor. The comprehensive examination and capstone project tracks are appropriate for students who do not plan to continue their studies beyond the master's level. The thesis track is open to any student, however it is strongly recommended for those students who plan to continue their studies beyond the master's level.

Each option serves the same goal: that is, by completing the comprehensive examination, capstone project, or thesis a student will demonstrate mastery of the topics taught in the program. In addition to content mastery, students must also display well-developed analytical and interpretive skills in the use of original documents and their relationship to the broader subject of American history and government.

The student need not choose a track until the semester during which he or she reaches 20 hours in the program. With the permission of the program chair, the student may switch tracks after he or she has made an initial decision.

Comprehensive Examination Track

Students who choose this option must earn 12 hours of core course credit and 20 hours of elective credit. At the time the student registers for his or her final semester the student should contact the program director to schedule their exam and to receive more information about the exam format and preparation.  

The comprehensive examination is composed of essay response questions based upon the core and elective courses taken by the student as part of their curriculum. The exam is offered once each semester (fall, spring, and summer), generally five to six weeks prior to the end of the semester. Students may repeat the examination once. If the student fails to successfully pass the exam after their second attempt, the student may face dismissal from the program.

Capstone Project Track

Students who choose this option must earn 12 hours of core course credit, 16 hours of elective credit, and successfully complete AHG 692.

The Capstone Project allows a student to demonstrate his or her mastery of subject matter, as well as analytical and interpretive skills in a practical, useful, or creative format of the student's choosing. A capstone project combines different kinds of practical experience (e.g., as a docent or historical reenactor) or other written work (e.g., lesson plans or historical fiction) with analytical and interpretive writing in the form of one or more essays. Capstone projects may include:

  • Creation of a selection of materials (e.g. primary documents) to enhance a curriculum, with essays providing justification of the selections and analysis and interpretation to assist in their use.
  • Participation in a Civil War battle reenactment, with interpretive essays explaining the significance of the battle in the military and political outcome of the Civil War.
  • Development of an exhibition at a school, library, or museum, along with analytical and interpretive essays explaining the significance of the exhibition.

Students will attend the Research Methods seminar then work individually with the program's thesis/capstone project coordinator to plan their capstone project proposal. Students should attend the Research Methods seminar around the time they complete 20 hours in the program. The capstone project proposal requires the approval of the thesis/capstone project coordinator, the capstone project advisor, and the capstone project second reader, who will review the proposal to make sure it meets the substantive and methodological requirements of a master's program. Once the proposal is approved, the student may begin work on the project. Students should NOT proceed to write their capstone project prior to receiving formal approval of their capstone project proposal.

Thesis Track

Students who choose this option must earn 12 hours of core course credit, 16 hours of elective credit, and successfully complete AHG 691.

The Thesis allows a student to demonstrate his or her mastery of subject matter, as well as analytical and interpretive skills in a traditional written format. A thesis is a written work stating a claim or interpretation and supporting it with data and argument. For example, a thesis might claim that a certain type of protestant theology is responsible for political reform movements in the United States and support that claim by examining, in one of a number of different ways, the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Students will attend the Research Methods seminar then work individually with the program's thesis/capstone project coordinator to plan their thesis proposal. Students should attend the Research Methods seminar around the time they complete 20 hours in the program. The thesis proposal requires the approval of the thesis/capstone project coordinator, the thesis advisor, and the thesis second reader, who will review the proposal to make sure it meets the substantive and methodological requirements of a master's program. Once the proposal is approved, the student may begin work on the thesis. Students should NOT proceed to write their thesis prior to receiving formal approval of their thesis proposal.