Register Now for Fall Courses in the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman MA in American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for fall courses in the new Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History—an affordable, fully online master’s degree program, led by renowned, award-winning historians, that brings together the leading non-profit American history organization and one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

The Fall 2022 term begins September 22, 2022, and ends December 14, 2022.

Registration for Fall 2022 courses begins July 9, 2022, and ends September 28, 2022. Applications for the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA program are open and considered on a rolling basis.

Fall Course Offerings

The Declaration of Independence

with Eric Slauter, Associate Professor of English and Director, Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, University of Chicago

Eric SlauterThis course investigates the origins, meanings, and contested legacies of one of the most consequential political documents in world history. What does the Declaration of Independence declare? What did the Declaration’s language of equality, liberty, and rights mean to its authors and earliest readers? How and why have understandings of the document changed over time? And what place do the words and ideals of the Declaration hold now, 250 years later? 


Presidential Leadership at Historic Crossroads: From the Founding to Current Challenges

with Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies, University of Virginia

Barbara A. PerryStarting with its inception in the eighteenth century, the American presidency has faced numerous inflection points that have reshaped the office. Using classic and new scholarship as well as primary sources, this course will examine the challenges and responses of presidents when they have faced and sometimes constructed historic crossroads.


Narratives of Illness: The History of Medicine and Public Health in the U.S.

with Jim Downs, Gilder Lehrman NEH Chair of Civil War Era Studies and History, Gettysburg College

Jim DownsThis interdisciplinary course has two objectives: first, to investigate the various ways that the medical profession, patients, and the state narrate illness; second, to chart the history of medicine and public health, paying particular attention to the changing roles of doctors, the history of disease causation, and how these two phenomena overlap, especially in the mid to late nineteenth century. While the first half of the course will be situated mostly in the U.S. and Europe, the readings from the second half of the course will include case studies from Africa, Asia, and South America.


The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

with Peniel Joseph, Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Public Affairs; Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values; and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, University of Texas at Austin

Peniel E. JosephThis course examines the lives and legacies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. These pillars of the Civil Rights Movement are often portrayed as opposites. While it is true that their rhetoric and methods differed, they are less dissimilar than the popular narrative of their lives allows. By looking simultaneously at both men as they battle White supremacy and the oppression of African Americans, we will highlight their similarities and their influence on one another and the Civil Rights Movement.


Historiography and Historical Methods

with Andrew Robertson, Professor of History, Lehman College and CUNY Graduate Center

Andrew RobertsonHistoriography is the study of historical writing. Students enrolled in this course will journey through American history guided by Professor Andrew Robertson and seven other professors (Zara Anishanslin, University of Delaware; Ned Blackhawk, Yale University; Kristopher Burrell, Hostos Community College; Sarah King, SUNY Geneseo; Lauren Santangelo, Princeton University; Nora Slonimsky, Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies; and Wendy Wall, Binghamton University). Students will read and discuss historical interpretations of the American past as they have changed over time in specific chronological periods: colonial/Revolutionary history, the early nineteenth century to Reconstruction, the Gilded Age to the Cold War, and the 1960s to the present. 


The Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program is a fully accredited, 30-credit degree program. Following the completion of ten 3-credit courses, including the required Historiography and Historical Methods course and Capstone in American History course, students are awarded a master’s degree in American history from Gettysburg College.

The program is open to K–12 educators, librarians, district supervisors, National Park Service employees, and museum professionals.

Learn more about the program here.

View a recording of the June 29 open house about the program here.

Please read the MA Program FAQs for more information on eligibility.

To begin your application, click here.