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Columbia College to offer Master of Arts in military studies

Friday, April 22, 2011 | 4:39 p.m. CDT; updated 12:02 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College online campus is accepting applications for its new Master of Arts degree in military studies, launching Aug. 15.

The online program is designed for those serving in the U.S. armed services, for veterans, civilians interested in military affairs and those planning to continue their professional military education.

According to Steve Wiegenstein, associate dean for graduate studies at Columbia College, one in four students is either military or military dependent.

"Columbia College has a long and extensive history of relationship with the military. We have a lot of military students," said Wiegenstein. "This new degree blends in with the historical relationship with the military."

The degree requires the completion of 36 hours, including 18 hours of required courses and 18 hours of graduate electives.

Among the classes offered are these:

  • National defense policy
  • Great leaders in U.S. military history
  • Resiliency for the military profession
  • The military and the media

This new graduate degree program has a multiperspectival view of the influence of the military in U.S. history and society, and also looks at the philosophical questions, according to Wiegenstein.


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