Faculty Spotlight

Jason Jividen
Faculty

Dr. Jividen is Associate Professor of Politics in the McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Fellow in Civic and Constitutional Affairs for the Center for Political and Economic Thought, and Director of the Aurelius Scholars Program in Western Civilization. Since coming to SVC in 2010, Dr. Jividen has taught several courses in the Politics Department, including Principles of American Politics, American Political Thought, Constitutional Law, Classical Political Thought, and Institutions. In 2013, he was awarded SVC’s annual Quentin Schaut Faculty Award, which recognizes the contributions, leadership, and achievements of a junior faculty member to the curriculum and life of the college.

Dr. Jividen has delivered numerous invited lectures and conference papers on topics in ancient and modern political philosophy, the principles of the American Founding, Lincoln’s political thought, American Progressivism, and civic education. His recent peer-reviewed publications include: Claiming Lincoln: Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric. Northern Illinois University Press, 2011; Statesmanship and Progressive Reform: An Assessment of Herbert Croly’s Abraham Lincoln (with J. David Alvis). Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; “American Democracy and Liberal Education in an Era of Relevance,” in Higher Education in an Era of Relevance, ed. Timothy L. Simpson. Lexington Books, 2013; “Presidential Statesmanship as Civic Education,” Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (forthcoming, Fall 2014); “Equality, Leadership, and the Lincoln Image in American Presidential Rhetoric,” in Lincoln, Leadership, and the Law, ed. Charles Hubbard. Southern Illinois University Press (forthcoming 2015); “American Progressivism and the Legacy of Abraham Lincoln” (with Ronald J. Pestritto) in Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, ed. Lucas Morel. University Press of Kentucky (forthcoming 2015).

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Ashland University's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government are designed to provide the flexibility busy working professionals need. With two unique degree programs, options for teachers and others interested in taking individual courses on a non-degree basis, and two convenient course delivery formats, Ashland's graduate programs in history and government are sure to fit your personal, professional, and educational needs.

Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government

An online Master of Arts program designed for secondary school teachers assigned to teach college-level coursework such as dual-credit classes, the MASTAHG program blends graduate-level coursework in the best practices of curriculum and instruction with advanced content study in American history and government. Available as a fully on-campus program, a hybrid program blending on-campus and online study, and as a fully online program.

  • 36 semester credit hours
  • Blends the study of the latest education theory with in-depth study of history and government
  • May be completed as a fully on-campus, hybrid on-campus/online, or fully online program

Master of Arts in American History and Government

A hybrid online/summer master's degree program in American history and government for social studies teachers, community college faculty, museum and library personnel, professional development coordinators, and others with a personal or professional interest in history and government. MAHG is available as a fully on-campus summer program and as a hybrid program blending on-campus summer study with online study.

  • 32 semester credit hours
  • Focused solely on the study of American history and government
  • May be completed as a fully on-campus summer program or as hybrid on-campus/online program
  • Traditional master's thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam options

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Are you looking for graduate-level coursework in American history or political science but aren't interested in a full degree program? Need credits to renew a teaching licensure? Enrolled in another master's program and in need of content-field coursework for transfer? Interested in learning from a leading scholar in an area of personal or professional interest? Simply want to give our program a try without committing to the full degree program? Our courses, both online and on-campus, are open to all qualified students. 

  • Enroll in as many or as few courses as interest you
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  • Apply credit earned as a non-degree student toward MA degree requirements if you later decide to enroll in the degree program (must decide before reaching 12 semester credit hours as a non-degree student)