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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Minor in Military Studies

Air Force ROTC

The minor in Military Studies provides students with the opportunity to study the U.S. military and more specifically the U.S. Air Force. Students seeking a minor in Military Studies are not required to be members of the Air Force ROTC program. This minor enables students to develop a secondary academic experience which may serve them in the future. The minor may also alert potential employers to the student's knowledge in a minor field of study.

The Military Studies minor consists of the courses identified below (Required and Electives), and is open to any student at the University of Maryland. Students seeking a minor in Military Studies must be approved by the Director of Air Force ROTC and be advised by instructional personnel in that office.

A. Required Courses (12 credits)
All students are required to take the four upper-level Air Science courses.
ARSC 300: Management and Leadership I (3 credits)
ARSC 301: Management and Leadership II (3 credits)
ARSC 400: National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society I (3 credits)
ARSC 401: National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society II (3 credits)

At the 300 level, students focus on case studies in effective leadership, management, and team-building. Readings explore topics such as accountability, motivation, teamwork, and ethical and moral leadership. These exercises help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as effective professional writing.

At the 400 level, students study military policies, doctrine, and strategy, especially as related to areas of the world that are in crisis or transition. Special units are included on Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East to prepare students to function effectively in today's multi-ethnic, multi-cultural societies at home and abroad. Students also explore problem areas in military personnel management, including sexual harassment awareness, suicide awareness, and guidelines for working with civilian personnel. Capstone projects and activities for each student are part of the 400-level curriculum.

B. Elective Courses (6 credits)
In addition to the four required courses, students complete two additional courses, one each from Global Affairs and Military Affairs as listed below. Other courses may be substituted with approval of the minor advisor and Advisory Committee. Students will be advised on the options for seeking BMGT courses.

Global Affairs
GVPT 280: Comparative Politics and Governments (3) (GVPT 100)
HIST 224: Modern Military History, 1494 - 1815 (3)
HIST 225: Modern Military History, 1815 - Present (3)
HIST 240: Europe in the Twentieth Century (3)
HIST 266: The United States in World Affairs (3)
HIST 314: Crisis and Change in the Middle East & Africa (3)

Military Affairs
BMGT 360: Human Resource Management (3)
BMGT 364: Management and Organization Theory (3)
GVPT 354: Peacebuilding, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, & International Development  (3) (Sophomore standing)
GVPT 360 Introduction to International Negotiations (3)
SOCY 462: Women in the Military (3) (6 credits of SOCY or department permission)
SOCY 463: Sociology of Combat (3) (6 credits of SOCY or department permission)
SOCY 464: Military Sociology (3) (6 credits of SOCY or department permission)
SOCY 465: The Sociology of War (3) (6 credits of SOCY or department permission)


  • Courses completed in one minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements in another minor.
  • No more than six of the required credits (or two courses) may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • At least six upper division credits applied to the minor must be taken at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • All courses presented for the Minor must be passed with a grade or "C-" or better.
  • Course work other than that listed in section B must be approved by the Air Force ROTC advisor and the ROTC Advisory Committee.

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