Master of Arts in American History and Government


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No matter where you are in your teaching career, our Master of Arts in American History and Government program offers an extended exploration of the ideas, people, and places in America's story you are passionate about. We invite you to become a part of our community, as a non-degree seeking or degree-seeking student, to help you become the expert your students need.


and join us in a conversation

Led by historians and political scientists from universities around the nation, our seminar-style classes focus on primary documents in a conversational setting, rather than simply listening to lectures. Professors will engage you in thoughtful dialogue about these sources, helping you discover the challenges faced and choices made by those who began and carried forward America’s experiment in self-government. After you begin the conversation with us, you’ll want to draw in your students as well.

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in a flexible study program

Designed to meet the needs of working teachers, our MA in American History and Government is available as a fully on-campus summer program and as a hybrid program blending on-campus summer study with online courses. Take some time this summer to immerse yourself in a weeklong campus experience, while building new relationships with fellow historians.


with Teaching American History

Located in America's heartland, in Ashland, Ohio, Teaching American History is a project of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. Our programs and courses are unique in that they are all rooted in primary documents only, and are created and conducted by university scholars who are experts in their respective fields. Our faculty are full-time instructors at Ashland University and from universities and colleges across the country.

Our goal is to equip teachers with content knowledge and resources through experiences with primary documents so they can more effectively teach their students.

Let us help you

Don't let financial concerns stand in the way of your goals. Financial assistance can help you get started and minimize your student debt—or avoid it altogether, even while working full-time. Through the generous support of our donors, the Ashbrook Center is able to offer various fellowships to help offset the costs. For more information, view our financial aid opportunities and our tuition and fees for the upcoming semesters.

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Here’s what you need to know ...

In Summer 2020, we will be holding the following weeklong sessions. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

View our Summer Course Schedule by session date: