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APSU Military History M.A. Gets National Exposure

On large television screens set up throughout several San Diego hotel ballrooms and every guest room, about a thousand of the countrys top historians and history scholars watched a five-minute documentary that focused on the Austin Peay State University Master of Arts program in military history. The documentary aired more than 50 times during a four-day period.

In case these academics or any potential students missed the program, they can watch the segment for the next year at Historians TV, an online television channel that partners with the American Historical Association.
On large television screens set up throughout several San Diego hotel ballrooms and every guest room, about a thousand of the country's top historians and history scholars watched a five-minute documentary that focused on the Austin Peay State University Master of Arts program in military history. The documentary aired more than 50 times during a four-day period.

In case these academics or any potential students missed the program, they can watch the segment for the next year at Historians TV, an online television channel that partners with the American Historical Association.

“We're getting a lot of high-level exposure from the video,” Dr. Dewey Browder, chair of the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, said. “It's going to help us place our graduate students because the major universities that offer a Ph.D. in military history now know about the viability of our program and its strengths.”

The master's degree in military history at APSU is only a little more than three years old, but the University's proximity to the Fort Campbell, Ky., Army post and the history department's innovative teaching practices have already led it to become one of the more talked about programs in the country.

Last year, Historians TV contacted Browder and told him APSU was one of only 14 schools nominated to be featured in a video segment on its program. The film crew arrived on campus in November and spent a full day interviewing faculty and students. The footage they shot highlighted the program's curriculum and close ties with Fort Campbell, such as having access to the post's extensive archives and providing internships with the Pratt Military Museum, as well as the history department's deep involvement in the Library of Congress' Veteran's Oral History Project. Interviews with students emphasized the importance of understanding military history as a part of the nation's total experience, as well as the success of student organizations.

Earlier this month, the APSU segment premiered at the 124th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, the world's oldest and largest professional society for professional historians. The video is available to view on the association's Historians TV Web site, www.historianstv.com, and a link will also be included on the Web site for the Society of Military History. This new, national exposure will help direct interested students to the APSU program.

“It will encourage more and more people to contact us,” Browder said.
The APSU history department's Master of Arts in military history currently has about 47 graduate students from various backgrounds, including attorneys, physicians, Army officers and recent college graduates. And more and more people continue to contact the history department from around the country, seeking information on the program. Now, they'll also be able to check out a professionally produced video, showcasing the young graduate program.

“It's a great recruitment tool,” Browder said.