Faculty Spotlight

Jeffrey Sikkenga
Faculty

Jeffrey Sikkenga is Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding, and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and religion in liberal democracy and America in particular. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Journal of Markets and Morality, and Religion and Liberty. He co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2003), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999), and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002). He is currently working on a book on the natural right to freedom of religion in the political thought of John Locke and the American Founders, exploring the foundations and political implications of religious liberty as a human right.

Our Courses

Convenient Schedules for Busy Professionals

Ashland's master's in history and government courses are available in two formats, each designed to fit the schedule of those who work full-time.

Live Online Courses

Student at work in Live Online courseStudy with leading historians and political scientists in our live, interactive virtual classroom. Using a standard computer and a broadband internet connection, students and professors see, hear, and speak to each other in real-time.

Unlike typical “online” courses taught via recorded lectures and bulletin board posts, Live Online offers small class sizes, active discussions between students and faculty, and the ability to ask questions and get immediate answers just like a traditional classroom. Have a question? Ask it and get an immediate answer. Have an idea to add to the conversation? Join the discussion.

Like a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom, each Live Online course meets at a regularly scheduled time, generally in the afternoons or evenings, or on Saturday morning. Class sizes are small, capped at just 16 students. Even though you are studying from home, you have access to Ashland's full range of library resources, including a large catalog of online journals and academic resources.

Most importantly, Live Online doesn't require any special software or hardware. In all likelihood, you already have a computer that can run our webinar platform.

Take a look at a class discussion in action in this video:

Weeklong Summer Courses

During the summer months learn from our distinguished faculty while you work side-by-side with fellow social studies educators from around the world. Offered in weeklong sessions during June and July at our main campus in Ashland, Ohio, our convenient intensive summer courses let you focus on your studies free from the distractions of home.

While at Ashland, you are immersed in an academic community of scholars and fellow students who share a common interest in the study of the American experience. Learning takes place all across campus, from the classroom to the dining hall. Housing, meals, and complimentary airport shuttle service are available.

Our Weeklong Summer courses give you the opportunity to experience the interaction and exchange that comes with a traditional graduate school experience, all while continuing to maintain full-time employment.