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U.S. History Certificate Program

Department of History and Political Science

The College of Arts and Sciences


Katherine T. Brown, College of Arts and Sciences


Ashland University Graduate Faculty

John Moser, Professor of History

Jeffrey Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science

Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science

Gregory McBrayer, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Cara Rogers, Assistant Professor of History

Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

U.S. History Certificate Program

This program will provide masters-level instruction in U.S. history, but is designed for those who do not wish to pursue (or who have already completed) a full master’s program. It will require 18 credit hours (nine courses, each worth two credit hours), taken either online or in intensive week-long seminars offered in Ashland during the summers.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale OR a 3.00 graduate GPA in at least 12 semester hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s level. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of below 2.75 may be considered for admission on a conditional basis.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online at

The following materials must be submitted to finalize the application process:

  1. Completed Ashland University Application

  2. Submit a $30 application fee

  3. Submit official academic transcript from an accredited institution of higher education documenting completion of an undergraduate degree. Send transcripts to:

Ashland University

Attn: Enrollment Services

401 College Avenue

Ashland, OH 44805

Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to:


For further information, contact the MAHG program office at 419.289.5411 or email:

U.S. History Certificate Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the U.S. History Certificate program, the student will be able to:

  1. Students will evaluate important original texts and documents in light of their sources, the reasons they were produced, and important historical and political facts relevant to where, when and why they were produced.

  2. Students will analyze texts through identification of arguments, assumptions and relevant facts, through appraisal of the validity of inferences and deductions, and through comparison and contrast of arguments in two or more sources.

  3. Students will interpret texts by articulating the meaning of the sources in their historical and political context and the effect and importance of the sources in history.

U.S. History Certificate Program

Course Number and Title



Choose from the following courses:



HIST 501 The American Revolution



HIST 502 The American Founding



HIST 503 Sectionalism and Civil War



HIST 505 The Progressive Era



HIST 506 The Rise of Modern America



HIST 507 Lincoln


HIST 510 Great American Texts*



HIST 602 European Discovery and Settlement



HIST 603 Colonial America



HIST 604 The Early Republic



HIST 605 The Age of Enterprise



HIST 607 Cold War America



HIST 608 Civil War and Reconstruction



HIST 609 World War II



HIST 610 American Foreign Policy*



HIST 611 The American Way of War*



HIST 613 Postwar America, 1945-1973



HIST 614 Contemporary America, 1974-present



HIST 630 American Statesmen*



HIST 660 Topics in American History and Government



Total Hours

18 Hrs.


*Specific subject matter covered in these courses varies, so each may be taken more than once with the permission of the chair. However, each must include significant attention to U.S. history in order to count toward this certificate.

Courses and Descriptions

See HIST Courses