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Elite M.A. in Military History gets thumbs-up from TBR

Austin Peay State University has carved out another market niche in which it is uniquely positioned to lead and succeed.

APSU has become the first university in Tennesseeand one of few in the nationto offer a Master of Arts in Military History, pending approval by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, expected no later than January.
On Friday, Sept. 30, at its quarterly board meeting, the Tennessee Board of Regents granted approval of the new M.A. in Military Historyan important linchpin for APSUs new Institute for Global Security Studies.
Austin Peay State University has carved out another market niche in which it is uniquely positioned to lead and succeed.

APSU has become the first university in Tennesseeand one of few in the nationto offer a Master of Arts in Military History, pending approval by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, expected no later than January.
On Friday, Sept. 30, at its quarterly board meeting, the Tennessee Board of Regents granted approval of the new M.A. in Military Historyan important linchpin for APSU's new Institute for Global Security Studies.

To help determine whether there is a need for this particular master's degree in history, APSU faculty and staff polled personnel at Fort Campbell, Ky., acknowledging that, although military personnel come and go, the demographic characteristics remain relatively consistent.

The poll showed that, at any given time, more than 100 people would be qualified and interested in pursuing an M.A. in Military History.

“Military history has long been a subject near and dear to the hearts of military men and women and their families,” Dr. Dewey Browder, professor of history and department chair, said.

“And the Army wants officers to earn advanced degrees as they move up the career ladder. There's a large number of young officers at Fort Campbell who want to earn an advanced degree while stationed here.”

On a broader scope, Browder pointed out that, although graduate degrees in military history are “few and far between,” military history is popular across the country. As an example, he pointed to the great popularity of the History Channel.

To accommodate long-distance students, such as officers from other military posts who are slated to be stationed at Fort Campbell eventually, the M.A. in Military History will have online options, according to Browder, and APSU will honor the transfer of up to nine graduate semester hours in the field of history.

“The study of military history prepares soldiers, especially leaders, to be better prepared for conflict and the challenges of leadership,” Browder said.
The master's in military history program will begin this January with two courses: Browder will teach “Military Historiography and Criticism” and Dr. Richard Gildrie, professor of history, will teach a course on the Revolutionary War.

Both courses will be offered at night to accommodate students who work full time during the day and soldiers who have daytime duty.

According to Browder, in light of security issues facing the United States, a Certificate in Security Studies will be offered as an option within the M.A. in Military History. It will require at least four of six courses that deal with security from an historical perspective.

Browder stresses that the new degree is not just for military officers. “An M.A. in Military History is of value to anyone, whether we are talking about military leaders, school teachers, lawyers or corporate executives,” Browder said. “The disciplined study of history teaches students how to dissect problems, analyze them and understand them in the context of larger issues and movements.

“In fact, a recent survey showed that history was the most common major for CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.”
Admission to Austin Peay's elite M.A. in Military History program requires that applicants have a bachelor's degree, a composite GRE score of 600 or higher and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

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 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