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History Program Overview

Ashland University’s History program encourages you to build your best future by examining the past. Studying key events of human history and the individuals who set them in motion will enable you to develop your own skills in writing, analysis and communication. You will gain a deeper understanding of the world and the people who inhabit it, which is critical to becoming an educated citizen and a successful professional.

Students having a discussion in history class

Learning Experiences

This program is not about memorizing names and dates. Instead, you will dive into historical texts, speeches and records in seminar-style classes that promote logical thinking and perspective. You’ll form your own opinions in an open learning environment that encourages questions and participation. You can expect to:

  • Study relevant primary sources instead of textbooks
  • Receive personalized attention from history experts who will mentor you
  • Participate in internships that promote unique career opportunities
  • Access the knowledge of today’s political minds through presentations sponsored by the Ashbrook Center
  • Prepare for graduate school by writing a senior thesis under the guidance of your faculty advisor.

Students who major or minor in history often participate in the Ashbrook Scholar Program through the Ashbrook Center. This prestigious scholarship is awarded to exceptional students of History, Political Science and Political Economy. Recipients gain access to a national network of historians and exclusive internship opportunities.

John Moser teaching a history class

Sample Curriculum

Some compelling classes in the history program include:

  • American History Through the Civil War: Explore the creation and development of a distinctively American civilization.
  • Ancient Greece: Examine the political, military and intellectual history of Ancient Greece, emphasizing the most influential developments of Greco-Roman tradition in Western culture.
  • Age of Enlightenment: Study the intellectual and political reformation that swept Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, focusing on the revolution of modern, natural science, the rise and fall of absolute government and the development of a new liberal philosophy.

Download the Four-Year Curriculum Guide, Academic Catalog, and Projected Course Rotation.

You may also apply for membership in Phi Alpha Theta. This academic honor society promotes the study of history through dedicated research, positive teaching experience, publication of ideas and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Members plan events and have opportunities for leadership roles.

Career Opportunities

A History degree gives you the skills for many job opportunities, such as:

  • Teacher
  • Civil Service
  • Journalism
  • Electoral Politics
  • Public Relations
  • Lawyer
  • Historian
  • Professor
  • Museum Worker

Contact Information

John Moser
John Moser, Ph.D.
Chair, History and Political Science Department; Professor of History
254 Dwight Schar College of Education