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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.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate course work in one of the concentrations below. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their faculty adviser and the director. 

Courses applied to the degree are subject to the following restrictions: a maximum of 6 credits may be earned through independent study or directed readings and research courses; a maximum of 6 credits may be taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; a maximum of 15 credits may be transfer credits; a maximum of 6 of the transfer credits may be from other accredited institutions.

Transfer credits include credits taken before first enrolling as an admitted degree-seeking student (at another institution, in another Mason graduate program, or in Mason nondegree status) or credits taken at another institution after admission to the degree program through study abroad or study elsewhere (which requires prior written approval of the director and the dean). Additional information may be found in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis. Students are required to take MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar (1 credit), MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal (1 credit), and either MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (1-4 credits) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (3-4 credits). Students electing to complete the concentration in community college teaching with a thesis will complete 38 credits.

◊ 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.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Four core courses (12 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

ANTH 721 - 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

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic is The American Civil War)

HIST 675 - Problems in Military History

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War

Six to seven elective courses (18-21 credits)

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

BIOD 706 - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security

GGS 590 - Selected Topics in Geography (when topic is Military Geography or insurgency)

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic is the Fall of the Roman Empire)

RELI 632 - World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue

HIST 679 - War and Remembrance

WMST 600 - Special Topics (when topic is Women and Nationalism)

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

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

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

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

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