Military History Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Military history programs focus on studies of war, economics, sociology and territorial expansion. There are many schools offering degree programs in this subject.

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Most schools do not offer a major in military history, but students looking for educational opportunities in the field can find undergraduate courses and minor programs, as well as graduate-level concentration options and research opportunities.

10 Schools with Military History Programs

Here are some schools that offer education in military history:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2016-2017)*
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public Undergraduate Courses $10,370 in-state, $26,470 out-of-state
Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Undergraduate Minor, Master's, PhD $10,037 in-state undergrad, $11,560 in-state grad
Brigham Young University Provo, UT 4-year, Private Undergraduate Minor $5,300
Excelsior College Albany, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's Degree $510 per credit**
Iowa State University Ames, IA 4-year, Public Undergraduate Courses $8,219 in-state, $21,583 out-of-state
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 4-year, Public Undergraduate Minor $9,616 in-state, $22,920 out-of-state
University of Akron - Main Campus Akron, OH 4-year, Public Undergraduate Minor $10,270 in-state, $18,801 out-of-state
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, PhD $8,834 in-state undergrad, $9,643 in-state grad
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 4-year, Public Master's, PhD $9,670 in-state, $21,828 out-of-state
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX 4-year, Private Master's, PhD $26,640
University of Houston Houston, TX 4-year, Public Master's, PhD $7,956 in-state, $17,100 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

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School Selection Criteria

Here are some things to consider when looking for military history schools:

  • At the undergraduate level, most military history courses are offered through the Army ROTC program, so prospective students should consider whether they want to join the organization.
  • Prospective graduate students who are looking to conduct research in military history should find out if there are faculty members in the history department with whom they share research interests in the field.
  • Some schools award formal minors in military history or science, while others only include courses or informal concentration options. It is important to evaluate a school's curriculum to make sure that its offerings meet your educational needs.
  • Prospective students may want to look for schools that have close ties with nearby museums or army bases with whom they partner on educational and research initiatives.

Undergraduate Military History Education

It is not possible to major in military history as an undergraduate, but many schools offer minors in military science that include courses in military history. Often, a minor in military science is completed as part of an Army ROTC training program. Students may take general courses in military history or courses in specific conflicts, such as the Vietnam War or the Civil War.

Graduate Military History Education

At the graduate level, studies in military history are typically available through broader master's and PhD programs in history or conflict studies. Students in master's and PhD programs may be able to declare a concentration in the field, and they may focus their thesis or dissertation research on a topic within the field of military history. Graduate-level courses in military history are highly interdisciplinary, drawing on concepts from sociology, political science and technology.

Although educational opportunities in military history are fairly limited, it is possible to find both undergraduate and graduate institutions that provide courses and programs in the field.

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