Program Structure

Each history and government course in the program (those courses with an HIST or POLSC 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 33 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 HIST/POLSC-prefix course at a time, but may take one HIST/POLSC 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 (9 hours)

The Education Core is based on three standards: Curriculum 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
EDCI 523 Reading and Literacy Curriculum 3 Yes
EDFN 521 The Theory and Practice of Curriculum Development 3 Yes


Choose one. 

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDFN 504 Action Research for Educational Improvement 3 Yes
EDFN 506 Qualitative Research 3 Yes
EDFN 507 Understanding Statistical Research for Classroom Professionals 3 Yes


Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDCI 533 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3 Yes
EDFN 510 The World in Your Classroom: Multicultural and Global Education 3 Yes
EDIS 550 Social and Educational Perspectives of Disability 3 Yes

Note: Not all education courses are available online, nor are all online courses offered every 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
HIST/POLSC 501 The American Revolution 2 None
HIST/POLSC 502 The American Founding 2 None
HIST/POLSC 503 Sectionalism and Civil War 2 None
HIST/POLSC 505 The Progressive Era 2 None
HIST/POLSC 506 The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 2 None
HIST/POLSC 510 Great American Texts 2 None
HIST/POLSC 693 Qaulifying Examination 0 Completed all 24 hours of HIST/POLSC coursework

Elective Courses

Choose 12 hours from the following courses.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsPrerequisites
HIST/POLSC 601  Sources of the American Regime  2  None
HIST/POLSC 602  European Discovery and Settlement  2  None
HIST/POLSC 603  Colonial America  2  None
HIST/POLSC 604  The Early Republic  2  None
HIST/POLSC 605  The Age of Enterprise  2  None
HIST/POLSC 606  America between World Wars  2  None
HIST/POLSC 607  America during the Cold War  2  None
HIST/POLSC 608 Civil War and Reconstruction 2 None
HIST/POLSC 609 World War II 2 None
HIST/POLSC 610  American Foreign Policy  2  None
HIST/POLSC 611  The American Way of War  2  None
HIST/POLSC 613 Postwar America, 1945-1973 2 None
HIST/POLSC 614 Contemporary America, 1974 to present 2 None
HIST/POLSC 620  The Reform Tradition in America  2  None
HIST/POLSC 621  Race and Equality in America  2  None
HIST/POLSC 622  Religion in American History and Politics  2  None
HIST/POLSC 623  Gender and Equality in America  2  None
HIST/POLSC 624 American Society and Culture 2 None
HIST/POLSC 630  American Statesmen  2  None
HIST/POLSC 631  American Political Rhetoric  2  None
HIST/POLSC 632  The American Presidency I, Washington to Lincoln  2  None
HIST/POLSC 633  The American Presidency II, Johnson to the present  2  None
HIST/POLSC 641  The Supreme Court  2  None
HIST/POLSC 642  Political Parties  2  None
HIST/POLSC 643 Constitutional Rights and Powers 2 None
HIST POLSC 644  The Congress  2 None
HIST/POLSC 660  Topics in American History and Government  2  None
HIST/POLSC 670  Directed Study  2  Permission