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APSU only university in state with master's in military history

After rampant rumors that Austin Peay State University soon would offer Tennessees only Master of Arts in Military History, a number of students enrolled in the graduate program this semester, prior to the official approval by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

But on Jan. 26, 2006, after more than five years of planning, the new graduate degree received THECs endorsement, making it not only a stand-alone graduate degree but also an important linchpin in APSUs Institute for Global Security Studies.
After rampant rumors that Austin Peay State University soon would offer Tennessee's only Master of Arts in Military History, a number of students enrolled in the graduate program this semester, prior to the official approval by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

But on Jan. 26, 2006, after more than five years of planning, the new graduate degree received THEC's endorsement, making it not only a stand-alone graduate degree but also an important linchpin in APSU's Institute for Global Security Studies.

According to Dr. Dewey Browder, professor of history and chair of the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, history is a solid foundation for any career, as indicated by the fact that, according to a recent survey, the most common field of study among Fortune 500 CEOs is history.

“The study of history teaches students to analyze events, determining how they fit together and what causes change,” Browder says.

“And when it comes to teaching military history, Austin Peay is in a unique position. The University is next door to a major military post filled with people who have professional and personal interests in the field.”

Already receiving high marks from West Point Military Historian Dr. Steve Waddell, APSU's 12-course M.A. in Military History is designed to appeal to students with varied interests.
It is open to any student, regardless of major, who has a bachelor's degree, a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a composite score of 600 or better on the Graduate Record Exam.

To earn the M.A. in Military History, students complete 36 course hours, choosing from among 24 courses.

The program also will offer a Certificate in Security Studies for students who complete four national-security-oriented courses. Thesis work is optional.

This semester, as part of the new master's degree, Browder is teaching “Military Historiography and Criticism,” and Dr. Richard Gildrie, professor of history, is teaching “War of American Independence, 1775-1783.” Both courses are offered at night to accommodate students who work during the day and soldiers who have daytime duty.

Browder also indicated that some of the courses would be offered online, for the convenience of many students, including deployed soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell.

Browder recently received an e-mail from the national Society for Military History, suggesting a listing of APSU's Master of Art in Military History on the Society's Web site, a significant contact.

“The Society of Military History's homepage gets wide circulation, not just in America but everywhere,” Browder said. “People look to the Society for guidance on where good military history programs are.”

To show the range and depth of courses to be offered within the military history graduate program, examples include “Warfare in the Classical World,” “Cold War Political-Diplomatic Issues,” War and Ethics,” The Battle for God: Jihad, Herem and Other Theologies of War and Peace,” “Special-Operations Perspectives” and “Islam as a World View.”

For more information on the M.A. in Military History, contact Browder by telephone at (931) 221-7924 or e-mail browderd@apsu.edu.

For information about admission to the graduate program, contact Dr. Charles Pinder, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, by telephone at (931) 221-7415 or e-mail pinderc@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke