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War and the Military in Society Concentration

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.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

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Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Concentration in War and the Military in Society (WMS)

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 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.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Select two courses from the following: 6
Culture, Power, and Conflict  
BIOD 610
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (take 3 credits; when topic is U.S. military intervention since Vietnam)  
GOVT 745
International Security  
Select two courses from the following: 6
Problems in American History (when topic is The American Civil War)  
Problems in Military History  
The Vietnam War  
Total Credits 12

Electives

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 electives (21 credits); those who choose a thesis complete six electives (18 credits).

Select seven or six electives from the following: 18-21
BIOD 609
Biodefense Strategy  
BIOD 706
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security  
GGS 590
Selected Topics in Geography (when topic is Military Geography or insurgency)  
Problems in European History (when topic is the Fall of the Roman Empire)  
War and Remembrance  
PUBP 504
Grand Strategy  
PUBP 506
Ethics and the Use of Force  
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue  
Special Topics (when topic is Women and Nationalism)  
Total Credits 18-21

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4
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