College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Recent events have demonstrated the degree to which military issues affect social groups, global politics, and the world economy. Understanding the ways in which armies are raised and funded, the reasons troops serve, the conditions military personnel and civilians endure during wartime, and the multifaceted and evolving ways in which nations conceive of the military apparatus has direct bearing on future policy decisions.

The MA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in war and the military in society emphasizes scholarship that examines issues of international security and conflict in the past, present, and future. It equips students with the skills to understand the interconnected nature of those elements and to examine critically the ways in which they have changed and continue to change over time.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar Credits: 1

Four core courses (12 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

ANTH 721 - Culture, Power, and Conflict Credits: 3
BIOD 610 - Advanced Topics in Biodefense Credits: 1-4 (take 3 credits; when topic is U.S. military intervention since Vietnam)
GOVT 745 - International Security Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 1-6 (when topic is The American Civil War)
HIST 675 - Problems in Military History Credits: 3
HIST 677 - THe Vietnam War Credits: 3

Six to seven elective courses (18-21 credits) chosen from:

Students choose electives in consultation with an advisor, bearing in mind their specialization and proposed topic for their project or thesis. Students interested in the intellectual consideration of the military, war, and society should choose courses in anthropology, history, religious studies, and sociology. Students interested in practical applications of the study of the military, war, and society to contemporary security issues should choose courses in biodefense, geography, and government. Students may take additional courses from the core requirements as electives with permission from their advisor, but their coursework overall must include at least six credits in two or more disciplines.

Students who choose to do a project complete seven elective courses (21 credits); those who choose a thesis complete six elective courses (18 credits).

BIOD 609 - Biodefense Strategy and Policy Credits: 3
BIOD 706 - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security Credits: 3
GGS 590 - Selected Topics in Geography Credits: 1-3 (when topic is Military Geography or Insurgency)
HIST 635 - Problems in European History Credits: 3 (when topic is the Fall of the Roman Empire)
HIST 679 - War and Remembrance Credits: 3
RELI 632 - World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue Credits: 3
WMST 600 - Special Topics Credits: 3 (when topic is Women and Nationalism)

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal Credits: 1

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project Credits: 1-5 (minimum of 1 credit) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Credits: 1-5 (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 Credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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