Military studies majors study military affairs in historical, philosophical, and political contexts. They learn about the military’s institutional role and explore how that role fits into society. Within this major, students also learn about American history, including historical battles and campaigns, the nature of human conflict and conflict resolution, and how the military acts as both a fighting and peacekeeping force.
Majors within the military field include navel architecture, in which students learn how to design ships for the navel defense system, strategic intelligence, which explores how governments and organizations analyze and apply intelligence in military decisions, and military technologies where students learn about weaponry, intelligence, and strategy for specialized duty. Unlike these majors, military studies gives students a broad knowledge of military organizations, operations, administration, and leadership. Curriculum covers topics like military law, international power relations, geopolitics, national defense policy, economics of war and defense, national security affairs, military leadership, and military studies research.
Within military studies programs, students develop effective leadership, research, analysis, methodological, and presentation skills relevant to military environments. These skills, along with an education in military studies, prepare them for careers in defense-related industries. They are also prepared for government and military careers in various forces and departments including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.