Faculty Spotlight

William B. Allen

Professor William B. Allen is emeritus dean and Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, and 2008-09 Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was recently the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is an expert on liberal arts education, its history, importance and problems. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Toward A Fair Michigan, whose mission was to further understanding of the equal opportunity issues involved in guaranteeing civil rights for all citizens, and to provide a civic forum for a fair and open exchange of views on the question of affirmative action.

He has published extensively, most notably, George Washington: A Collection (Liberty Press). In 2008 appeared George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.), and The Personal and the Political: Three Fables by Montesquieu (UPA). Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe was published later in 2008. He previously published Habits of Mind: Fostering Access and Excellence in Higher Education, with Carol M. Allen (Transaction), The Essential Antifederalist, with Gordon Lloyd (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Federalist Papers: A Commentary (Peter Lang). He served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as chairman and member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.



Students who anticipate completing their degree in time for the August 2017 conferment must register for graduation with the AU Registrar's Office.


Students who anticipate completing their degree in time for the December 2017 commencement must register for graduation with the AU Registrar's Office.

MASTAHG Course of Study

Program Structure

Each history and government course in the program (those courses with an AHG prefix) is offered for two (2) semester credit hours. These 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.

Each course in the education core is offered for three (3) semester credit hours. These courses are offered in the following formats:

  • As traditional on-campus courses offered at the main campus and at Ashland's regional centers located around Ohio.
  • As hybrid courses which meet partly at the main campus or one of the regional centers and partly online.
  • As fully-online courses with no on-campus attendance requirement.

The degree requires a total of 36 semester credit hours. Additionally, all students must pass a written comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of the key historical concepts mastered in the student's history and government coursework. 

Students may complete the degree in two to three years, depending upon their desired course load. A typical course load during the fall and spring semesters is to take one to two course at a time. During the summer semester, students may take no more than one AHG-prefix course at a time, but may take one AHG course and one education course simultaneously. Students should consult with their program advisor to discuss their semester-by-semester load. Students may take up to ten (10) years from the date of their first course to complete the degree.

The Education Core (12 hours)

The Education Core is based on four standards: Curriculum Foundations, Historical Foundations, Inquiry, and Diversity. MASTAHG candidates are free to choose a course in each category which best meets their professional needs. Information about course offerings, including semester rotations, course offering times, locations, and delivery methods may be found at the M.Ed. program website.

Curriculum Foundations

Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDCI 522 Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDCI 523 Reading and Literacy Curriculum 3 Yes (SU)
EDFN 521 The Theory and Practice of Curriculum Development 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 524 Democracy in Education 3 No

Social & Historical Foundations

Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDFN 503 School and Society 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 645 Educational Psychology and Human Development 3 Yes (SU)
EDIS 579 Special Education Law, Policies, and Procedures 3 Yes (SP, SU)
EDAD 683 Educational Leadership 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)


Choose one. 

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDFN 504 Action Research for Educational Improvement 3 No
EDFN 505 Introduction to Applied Educational Research 3 No
EDFN 506 Qualitative Research 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 507 Understanding Statistical Research for Classroom Professionals 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)


Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDCI 533 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3 Yes (FA, SP)
EDFN 510 The World in Your Classroom: Multicultural and Global Education 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 502 Critical Dialogues in the Teaching and Learning Professions 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDIS 550 Social and Educational Perspectives of Disability 3 Yes (FA, SP, SU)

Note: Not all education courses are available online, nor are all online courses offered every semester. See chart above to determine which courses are offered online and during which semester it will be offered. Schedules are subject to change each semester. Courses not offered online are available as hybrid or fully on-campus courses at the Ashland University main campus, or at the university's regional centers in Columbus, Elyria, Cleveland, and Massillon/Stark County.  

The American History and Government Core

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
AHG 693 Qaulifying Examination 0 Completed all 24 hours of AHG coursework

Elective Courses

Choose 12 hours from the following courses.

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  Permission