Summer 2018

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American History & Government Courses

On-Campus Courses

Weeklong On-Campus - Session 1 - June 24 to June 29

AHG 502 1A: The American Founding (2)

This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.

Instructor: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)

Guest Lecturer: Gordon Lloyd (Pepperdine University)

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AHG 506 1A: The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 (2)

With the exception of the Civil War era, it is difficult to find another thirty-year period in U.S. history during which the nation underwent such dramatic change. In 1914 the United States was no more than a regional power, with a primarily rural demography and a relatively unobtrusive federal government. Thanks to the experience of two world wars, a major cultural conflict (the 1920s), and a disastrous economic crisis the country was transformed into the global economic and military power that it remains to this day. This course will examine the cultural, economic, military, and diplomatic events and trends of the period 1914-1945. 

Instructor: Jennifer Keene (Chapman University)

Course Materials: Syllabus 

AHG 620 1A: The Reform Tradition in America - Women's Rights (2) Note: Rescheduled from Session 2

America has lived through three periods of sustained interest in reforming its political and social life, the first in the decades preceding the Civil War, the second in the decades preceding the First World War and the third in the decade or two following World War II. The course examines aspects of these reform movements, particularly their connection to religion and Protestant theology.

Instructor: Natalie F. Taylor (Skidmore College)

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AHG 640 1A: The Congress (2)

This course focuses on the legislative branch of the U.S. government. It examines topics such as the constitutional powers of Congress, the relations between Congress and the other branches of the federal government and the states, and the changing structure and internal politics of Congress.

Instructor: Andrew E. Busch (Claremont McKenna College) and Abbylin H. Sellers (Azusa Pacific University)

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 641 1A: The Supreme Court (2)

This course is an intensive study of the highest court in the federal judiciary, focusing on the place of the Supreme Court in the American constitutional order. Areas of study may include the relationship between the Court and the other branches of the federal government as well as the states; the Court's power of judicial review; and judicial politics and statesmanship. We will examine these kinds of issues by investigating how the Court has interpreted the Constitution in some of its most historic decisions.

Instructor: Jeffrey Sikkenga (Ashland University)

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Weeklong On-Campus - Session 2 - July 1 to July 6

AHG 505 2A: The Progressive Era (2)

The transition to an industrial economy posed many problems for the United States. This course examines those problems and the responses to them that came to be known as progressivism. The course includes the study of World War I as a manifestation of progressive principles. The course emphasizes the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and their political expression of progressive principles.

Instructor: Lauren K. Hall (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 602 2A: European Discovery and Settlement (2) Note: Rescheduled from Session 5

An examination of the motives behind and the consequences of the expansion of European power beginning in the 16th Century. The course focuses on the European settlement of North America and the interactions between Europeans and indigenous peoples.

Instructor: David C. Tucker (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University)

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AHG 642 2A: Political Parties (2)

This course examines the development of American political parties, focusing on the meaning of parties and historic moments in the rise and fall of political parties from the Founding era to the present. Topics may include re-aligning elections, changing coalitions within American parties, and the contemporary Democratic and Republican parties.

Instructor: John Moser (Ashland University)

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 660 2A: The Federal System (2)

This course examines the origin and development of the U.S. federal system. Attention will be paid to debates, developments, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding the extent of federal and state authority at pivotal points in American history, including the framing of the U.S. Constitution; state challenges to federal authority in the early republic; expansion of federal power during the New Deal Era and Civil Rights Revolution; and conflicts between state and federal authority in the contemporary era on issues such as marijuana regulation, same-sex marriage, health policy, and election administration.

Instructor: John Dinan (Wake Forest University)

Course Materials: Syllabus

Weeklong On-Campus - Session 3 - July 8 to July 13

AHG 501 3A: The American Revolution (2)

This course focuses on three topics: political developments in North America and the British empire and the arguments for and against independence, culminating in the Declaration of Independence; the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state; and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.

Instructor: Robert M.S. McDonald (United States Military Academy)

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 503 3A: Sectionalism and Civil War (2)

A study of the sectional conflict beginning with the nullification crisis. The course will not only examine the political, social and economic developments in the period leading to the civil war, but will emphasize the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John C. Calhoun.

Instructor: Dan Monroe (Millikin University)

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AHG 510 3A: Great American Texts–The Literature of World War I: Cather & Hemingway (2)

World War I was a decisive moment in the history of Western Civilization, a turning point of sorts, where Europe and America left a way of life behind and began to adopt a new one.  This decisive change is best captured through great literature.  This course investigates two of the greatest authors who sought to capture this momentous change, Ernest Hemingway and Willa Cather, so that we can best understand the social and political legacy of the Great War.

Instructor: Scott E. Yenor (Boise State University)

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AHG 660 3B: Executive Power and the Constitution (2)

This course will examine the major questions and controversies about executive power under the Constitution. Special attention will be given to emergencies and the rule of law, the war power, the treaty power, and the power to issue executive orders. Students will read primary documents as well as classic and recent works in the field.

Instructor: Jeremy D. Bailey (University of Houston) and Sarah M. Burns (Rochester Institute of Technology)

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AHG 660 3C: The First Amendment (2)

This course is an intensive study of the ideas, politics, and history of the U.S. Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on the First Amendment.  Focused especially on the religion and speech clauses, the course considers the development of the Court’s opinions in light of the broader theoretical and institutional elements of American constitutionalism.

Instructor: Jason Jividen (Saint Vincent College)

Course Materials: Syllabus

Weeklong On-Campus - Session 4 - July 15 to July 20

AHG 510 4B: Great American Texts–The Federalist (2)

The Federalist is a complex political work comprised of arguments about war, economics, national unity, and liberty (among other things) based on appeals to human nature, history, reason, and prudence. In this course we will examine and discuss The Federalist as fully and as deeply we can, aiming to understand how (or whether) its parts fit together in a coherent whole and its enduring contribution to our understanding of politics.

Instructor: David Foster (Ashland University)

Course Materials: Syllabus 

AHG 608 4A: Civil War and Reconstruction (2)

This course will examine military aspects of the war, as well as political developments during it, including the political history of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural. The course also examines the post-war Amendments and the Reconstruction era.

Instructor: Lucas E. Morel (Washington & Lee University)

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AHG 630 4A: American Statesmen-Washington & Hamilton (2)

This course will examine the critical relationship between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Theirs was the indispensable alliance of the founding era – what makes this relationship all the more interesting is that these men came from two entirely different worlds, yet somehow they bonded to create a new nation, a nation that would eventually become a superpower. Washington’s and Hamilton’s collaboration was crucial to winning the American Revolution, adopting the Constitution, and creating the institutions necessary to secure liberty at home and respect abroad.

Instructor: Stephen F. Knott (United States Naval War College)

Course Materials: Syllabus 

AHG 632 4A: The American Presidency I - Washington to Lincoln (2)

This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from the Founding era through the Civil War. It focuses on how the presidency shaped American political life as the country grew and struggled with rising sectional tensions.

Instructors: Jeremy D. Bailey (University of Houston) and Marc K. Landy (Boston College)

Course Materials: Syllabus

Weeklong On-Campus - Session 5 - July 22 to July 27

AHG 502 5B: The American Founding (2)

This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.

Instructor: Jason W. Stevens (Ashland University)

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AHG 660 5D: Postwar America, 1945-1973 (2)

An examination of the United States during the three decades following the Second World War. The social, economic, political, and diplomatic development of the country is stressed with a thematic emphasis.

Instructor: David F. Krugler (University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 660 5E: Religious Liberty in America (2)

This course examines the contested development of the American concept of religious liberty from its origins in the colonial period through the present day. We will discuss the philosophical and theological arguments for and against religious liberty, and consider the testing of this principle in a variety of historical moments, including the treatment of Quakers and other dissenters in early America; the move to disestablish churches in the early republic; the controversy over Catholic schools and Mormon polygamy in the nineteenth century; and the rights of Jehovah's Witnesses, Native American religious practitioners in the late twentieth. We will close the course with a consideration of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and its ongoing legal significance for the state of religious liberty in the 21st century.

Instructor: Sarah Morgan Smith (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University) and Sarah Beth Kitch (Northern Illinois University)

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Online Courses

Four Week Courses

Four Week Online - Session 1 - May 7 to June 1

AHG 510 O1C: Great American Texts-Mark Twain (2)

One way citizens of large republics are educated in the principles of government is through novels. With this in mind, this course examines selections from the work of Mark Twain. Not only is Twain America’s most enduringly popular author, but his novels depict important aspects of the American character and have much to say about such themes as equality, slavery, freedom, modern science, Christianity, and democratic leadership, all of which are crucial for understanding American history and politics. Our main texts will be Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; if time permits, we will also consider The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson.

Instructor: David Foster (Ashland University)

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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Four Week Online - Session 2 - June 4 to June 30

AHG 604 O2A: The Early Republic (2)

Having adopted a form of government, the Americans had to make it work. This course examines their efforts to do so, as the Republic took shape amidst foreign dangers, political conflict, westward expansion and religious revivals.

Instructor: Todd Estes (Oakland University)

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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Two Week Courses

Two Week Online - Session 3 - June 4 to June 15

AHG 502 O3C: The American Founding (2)

This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.

Instructor: Scott E. Yenor (Boise State University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

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AHG 506 O3B: The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 (2)

With the exception of the Civil War era, it is difficult to find another thirty-year period in U.S. history during which the nation underwent such dramatic change. In 1914 the United States was no more than a regional power, with a primarily rural demography and a relatively unobtrusive federal government. Thanks to the experience of two world wars, a major cultural conflict (the 1920s), and a disastrous economic crisis the country was transformed into the global economic and military power that it remains to this day. This course will examine the cultural, economic, military, and diplomatic events and trends of the period 1914-1945.

Instructor: David F. Krugler (University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

Two Week Online - Session 4 - June 18 to June 29

AHG 660 O4F: Free Speech in War, Hate, and on Campus (2)

This course explores the crucial role of free speech in a democratic republic and its utmost boundaries as tried by the circumstances of war and hateful expression in society and on campus. The First Amendment has been aptly described by Justice Cardozo as the “matrix, the indispensable condition of every other form of freedom.” Although it now enjoys a preferred place in our constitutional scheme, it has never been considered absolute. As Justice Holmes famously stated, one does not have the right “to shout fire in a crowded theatre.” The Supreme Court has balanced free speech against the competing constitutional values of national security, state police powers, privacy, due process and equal protection. Where then does one draw the line between protected and unprotected speech? Is hate speech entitled to protection under the Constitution? Can it be defined? What are the boundaries of free expression? With these questions in mind, we will analyze the Supreme Court’s evolving jurisprudence in landmark free speech cases.

Instructor: Joseph R. Fornieri (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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Two Week Online - Session 5 - July 2 to July 13

AHG 503 O5B: Sectionalism and Civil War (2)

A study of the sectional conflict beginning with the nullification crisis. The course will not only examine the political, social and economic developments in the period leading to the civil war, but will emphasize the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John C. Calhoun.

Instructor: Joseph R. Fornieri (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (Week 1), and Monday through Thursday (Week 2), 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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AHG 510 O5D: Great American Texts–The Federalist (2)

The Federalist is a complex political work comprised of arguments about war, economics, national unity, and liberty (among other things) based on appeals to human nature, history, reason, and prudence. In this course we will examine and discuss The Federalist as fully and as deeply we can, aiming to understand how (or whether) its parts fit together in a coherent whole and its enduring contribution to our understanding of politics.

Instructor: James R. Stoner, Jr. (Louisiana State University)

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (Week 1), and Monday through Thursday (Week 2), 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

Two Week Online - Session 6 - July 16 to July 27

AHG 501 O6B: The American Revolution (2)

This course focuses on three topics: political developments in North America and the British empire and the arguments for and against independence, culminating in the Declaration of Independence; the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state; and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.

Instructor: S. Adam Seagrave (University of Missouri)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

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AHG 610 O6A: American Foreign Policy (2)

This course examines the international relations of the United States from the Founding to today. Students will examine the history and development of American foreign policy, with special attention to the ways in which the principles and practices of constitutional, democratic-republicanism have shaped American foreign relations. Topics will include the tensions with European powers in the early republic, war with the Barbary Kingdoms, the Spanish-American War and Progressive Imperialism, the influence of Wilsonianism and America's entry into WWI, Cold War strategies, and the new challenges of the post-9/11 era..

Instructor: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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AHG 633 O6A: The American Presidency II–Johnson to the present (2)

This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from Reconstruction to the present. It focuses on how changing conceptions of the presidency have shaped American political life in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially as America has become a global power.

Instructor: J. David Alvis (Wofford College)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

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Two Week Online - Session 7 - July 30 to August 10

AHG 505 O7B: The Progressive Era (2)

The transition to an industrial economy posed many problems for the United States. This course examines those problems and the responses to them that came to be known as progressivism. The course includes the study of World War I as a manifestation of progressive principles. The course emphasizes the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and their political expression of progressive principles.

Instructor: William Atto (University of Dallas)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

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AHG 608 O7B: Civil War and Reconstructions (2)

This course will examine military aspects of the war, as well as political developments during it, including the political history of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural. The course also examines the post-war Amendments and the Reconstruction era.

Instructor: Eric C. Pullin (Carthage College)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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Research Methods Seminar

Research Methods Seminar - Summer 2018

Research Methods Seminar

Students planning to complete their degree via the Thesis or Capstone Project tracks should attend the Research Methods seminar around the time they will complete 20 semester credit hours. The seminar meets once for about two hours as a group to explain the thesis and capstone project process, highlight the resources available to students at the Ashland University Library.

Research Methods seminar meeting days and times are scheduled around the availability of those students enrolled. Contact Professor David Foster for more information about upcoming offerings.

Register for Research Methods

Qualifying Examination

Qualifying Examination - Summer 2018

Qualifying Examination

The Summer 2018 Qualifying Examination for MAHG and MASTAHG degree candidates will feature five questions. Candidates will respond to one mandatory question, then may choose any two of the remaining four questions in an extended essay format.

Schedule:

Exam questions released: Friday, July 20th at noon Eastern
Student responses due: Monday, August 6th at noon Eastern
Students informed of results: Week of August 13th

MAHG students who will have completed all 32 semester credit hours prior to July 20th may register to take the exam. MASTAHG students who will have completed all 24 semester credit hours of AHG-prefix courses prior to July 20th may register for the exam. MASTAHG students need not have completed all education (EDxx-prefix) courses prior to taking the exam.  

NOTE: Students sitting for the summer examination MUST have completed all their AHG-prefix coursework PRIOR to the start of the exam. MAHG and MASTAHG students MAY NOT take the exam AND their final course(s) concurrently during the summer semester. Students MUST complete their final AHG-prefix courses no later than July 20th. "Completed" in this usage means that the course has finished meeting. It is not required that the course grade be posted prior to starting the exam.

Students planning to take the summer exam should keep the above deadlines in mind as they plan their summer course schedule. You may not take the exam if you are enrolled in a course during on-campus session 5 or online sessions 6 or 7.

Register for the Qualifying Examination

MASTAHG Education Courses

Summer 2018

Education courses are available in fully-online, hybrid online/on-campus, and traditional in-person formats at the Ashland University main campus (Ashland, Ohio), Columbus Center (Columbus, Ohio), Eylria Center (Elyria, Ohio), Cleveland Center (Independence, Ohio), and Stark Center (Massillon, Ohio). A complete schedule of online, in-person, and hybrid courses will be available on WebAdvisor by March 1st. MASTAHG students may register for education courses via WebAdvisor starting April 1st.