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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 that inhabit it, which is a key aspect of becoming an educated citizen and a successful professional.


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Learning Experiences

The history program at Ashland University isn’t about memorizing names and dates. Instead, you’ll dive into historical texts, speeches and records in seminar-style classes to promote logical thinking and perspective. You’ll form your own opinions, courtesy of 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
  • Travel abroad with your professors to study historical sites
  • 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.
John Moser teaching a history class


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 Guide and Projected Course Rotation.

You are also encouraged to 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

Internships and Career Opportunities

The many career opportunities with a degree in history include:

  • Civil Service
  • Journalism
  • Electoral Politics
  • Public Relations
  • Law
  • Historian
  • Professor

Contact Information

John Moser