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Institute for National Security
and Military Studies

Austin Peay Fort Campbell Center

In both teaching and outreach, the Institute aims to achieve the highest levels of global impact, embracing innovation in its publication research, teaching pedagogies, network collaborations, and graduate placements.

Institute for National Security and Military Studies

The Institute for National Security and Military Studies at Austin Peay State University is the first of its kind in the Southeastern United States and is supported by the state legislature to build upon Tennessee’s position as a national leader in collaborating with our military and educating military and Veteran students. The Institute not only provides military-focused education while supporting faculty’s research but also works to fill the gaps in outreach to military families and military programs.

With Austin Peay’s main campus in close proximity to the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell, in addition to its stand-alone facility located on base, APSU and the Institute for National Security and Military Studies is in a unique position to serve active-duty soldiers, veterans, and their families.

In addition to offering a bachelor’s degree in National Security Studies, the Institute’s faculty is dedicated to research that broadly addresses the dynamics of military life, particularly in higher education, psychology and counseling, service members and families transitioning to civilian life, and workforce development.

The National Security Studies (NSS) Bachelor’s Degree Program is a 120-hour program focusing on Homeland Security and International Security with a variety of course options including Criminal Justice, Political Science, and History to meet the students' interests. This major can be completed fully online with many 8-week courses available. Graduates of the National Security Studies degree will be competitively positioned for careers in all sectors of national defense, homeland security, and criminal justice. Active and reserve component service members will benefit from education and professional development that will enhance their advancement in their military careers.