Military Studies Minor

PROGRAM OVERVIEW A Minor in Military Studies entails the development of student’s awareness of the position the military plays within the structure of a free society. Leadership studies are an emerging discipline and the concept of leadership and how it can be reciprocal will be explored. A minor in military studies will present a mentally, morally, and physical environment in order to establish a foundation in having students experience the beliefs and behaviors of strong leaders throughout history. Starting with the premise that all civilizations owe their origins to warmaking, a minor in military studies probes the meanings, motivations and methods underlying war in different societies over the course of more than 2,000 years. The minor in military studies at Drake University provides students with a splendid opportunity not only to understand the practices and precepts of the military more clearly, but also to provide a start point for assuming the highest responsibilities of leadership and citizenship in all walks of life.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR Drake University students can receive a minor for military studies by completing 18 hours of specialized coursework in military studies. This includes 12 hours from a combination of either of the two ROTC programs, regardless of whether or not a commission in the Armed Forces is tendered, and 6 credit hours from non-ROTC courses on related military topics.

Drake is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of more than 1,300 institutions pledged to be reasonable in working with service members and veterans who are trying to earn degrees while pursuing demanding, transient careers. As an SOC member, Drake is committed to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements and crediting learning from appropriate military training and work experiences. SOC is sponsored by 15 national higher education associations with the military services, the National Guard Bureau and the Office of the Secretary of Defense serving as cooperating agencies. 

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