Military History Bachelor's Degree
Dr. Paul Herbert, Executive Director,
First Division Museum at Cantigny
The Bachelor of Arts in Military History degree equips students for careers in the armed forces, the academic field of military history, law, public administration, education, journalism, security, intelligence and government. It is excellent preparation for advanced graduate study.
The core curriculum covers military history; leadership; technology; research methods in history and the social sciences; war and society; and the connections between war, ethics, and religion. Specific skills students will develop include analysis, critical thinking, writing, problem solving, organizing and presenting information, and basic research competencies. Electives provide in-depth study of military conflicts, international relations, and US foreign policy.
Positions include that of educator, curator, anthropologist, lawyer, archaeologist, civil servant, researcher, lawmaker, military historian, archivist, analyst, broadcaster, foreign service officer, congressional aid, conservator, and documentary editor.
Fields include the areas of teaching/academia, research, military, communications, publishing, security/intelligence, business, historical preservation, law, and administration.
Several military historians from major universities in the United States were asked to review the RSU military history degree. Some of their comments appear below.
"Your insistence on a firm foundation in World Civilization, Modern Europe, and Modern East Asia is both sound and admirably progressive . . . I also like the way you infiltrate the U.S. History survey into the General Education requirements for the Military History degree . . . In an era where even college graduates exhibit semi-literacy, the requirement of three different methods courses–including at least one that appears to be writing intensive–is quite commendable."
- Dr. Gregory Urwin, Temple University
"The two survey courses in U.S. history, the geography requirement, and two classes in World Civilization entail more study of history than most graduates of U.S. colleges and universities require for a bachelor’s degree. Certainly adequate . . . In general, I believe the core courses and elective courses available at RSU can provide strong training in military history . . ."
- Dr. Richard Lowe, University of North Texas
"The first thing I did was to check to make sure you have the horses to pull this particular wagon, and you certainly do . . . . Your list of courses includes a couple that seems quite innovative: the cross-listed history and sociology offering and the course on war, ethics, and religion. . . ."
- Dr. John A. Lynn II, Northwestern University
"The curriculum of RSU’s military history degree strikes me as strong and appropriate to your objectives. I am particularly struck by the inclusion of a mandatory grounding in American history and the inclusion of a course in human geography followed by world civilization and modern Europe or modern East Asia."
- Dr. John Guilmartin, Ohio State University
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a solid educational foundation in American History, world civilization, and human geography.
- Evaluate the complex role of the military in U.S. history.
- Analyze key issues in military history.