Faculty Spotlight

William B. Allen
Faculty

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.

MAHG Students in Class

Our Programs

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

Non-Degree Enrollment

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
  • Simple and straight-forward application and registration process with no application fee
  • 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)