DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY & POLITICAL SCIENCE
B.A. Military History
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Military History equips studentsfor 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:
- civil servant
- military historian
- foreign service officer
- congressional aid
- documentary editor
Fields include the areas of:
- historical preservation
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.
Dr. Gregory Urwin, Temple University:
“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. Richard Lowe, University of North Texas:
“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. John A. Lynn II, Northwestern University:
“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 Guilmartin, Ohio State 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.”