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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)

The concentration in war and the military in society equips students with skills and knowledge to evaluate, analyze, and solve problems related to the use of organized violence, including questions of national security and national strategy, international relations, defense policymaking, and domestic, fiscal, legal, and social policy surrounding the instruments of national defense. Students will engage in interdisciplinary coursework that provides a variety of methods and tools to frame and analyze these questions, using historical and contemporary case studies to better understand the dilemmas and opportunities facing policymakers and military professionals in their efforts to think strategically about a variety of challenges.

All students will complete a capstone research project that provides an opportunity to do deep research into an historic or contemporary case. In addition, students may also complete an experiential learning requirement that combines practical knowledge and real-world experience to engage in problems connected to war and society.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on War and the Military in Society  (27-30 Credits)

Students take 9-10 courses from 2 or more interdisciplinary perspectives below to complement the skills and subject matter expertise they have already acquired through formal education and professional experience, or other courses to enhance their portfolio that are chosen in consultation with the concentration head. Students who do a project (1 credit) in lieu of a thesis (4 credits) for their capstone will take an additional 3-credit course.

Historical Perspectives

These courses draw upon conflicts from two thousand years of human experience, from ancient Rome to contemporary issues in civil-military relations. The historical perspective focuses upon the past and the way that problems related to war and society have changed over time.

Problems in American History (when topic is The Second World War or Civil Military Relations)  
Topics in the American Civil War Era (when the topic is The Civil War)  
Era of the American Revolution  
Problems in European History (when the topic is Fall of the Roman Empire, The First Global Wars, Revolutions in the Atlantic, The Second World War, or Technology and Power)  
Problems in Military History  
The Vietnam War  
War and Remembrance  
Contemporary Policy Perspectives

These courses focus on the applied study of security and on concrete, modern-day issues related to the particular challenges of organized violence in the twenty-first century.

BIOD 609
Biodefense Strategy  
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control  
BIOD 722
Examining Terrorist Groups  
BIOD 725
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction  
BIOD 752
The Role of the Military in Homeland Security  
CONF 695
Selected Topics (when the topic is Urban Warfare)  
Human Systems  
GOVT 733
Islam and Politics  
POGO 750
Topics in Policy and Government (when the topic is Middle East Security, European Security, or International Money Laundering and Terror)  
PUBP 653
Interagency Operations in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings  
PUBP 654
Analysis for Peace Operations  
PUBP 751
International Police Operations  
Theoretical Perspectives

These courses focus on theories of war, peace, and security across a broad range of contemporary and historic cases and through a variety of disciplinary lenses.

BIOD 610
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (when the topic is Cyber Warfare Strategy/Policy)  
CONF 751
Dynamics of Civil Wars  
GGS 590
Selected Topics in Geography (when the topic is Military Geography or Insurgency)  
GOVT 540
International Relations  
GOVT 745
International Security  
POGO 750
Topics in Policy and Government (when the topic is Intelligence and Public Policy, Disruptive Technology and National Security, or Information Intelligence and Smart Power)  
PUBP 504
Grand Strategy  
PUBP 506
Ethics and the Use of Force  
Practical or Applied Perspectives
GBUS 551
Leadership  
Experiential Learning (or another graduate-level internship or practicum course chosen in consultation with the concentration head.) 1  

Research Methods

Students select one research methods course from the following: 3
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
The Study and Writing of History  
OR 651
Military Operations Research I: Cost Analysis  
OR 652
Military Operations Research Modeling II: Effectiveness Analysis  
POGO 750
Topics in Policy and Government (when topic is Qualitative Research Methods)  
Total Credits 3

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

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