College of Arts and Sciences

Military Studies

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2020-2021 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Option

Military Studies minor

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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.

Military Studies Minor

Drake University students can receive a minor in military studies by completing 18 hours of specialized coursework in military studies. The minor is not restricted to ROTC participants; any Drake student may participate in this curriculum. In particular, individuals interested in public service careers, media students who may want to report on military matters, or individuals who may come into contact with the military through business associations may benefit from this program.

The military science minor includes 12 hours from a combination of either the Army or Air Force ROTC program and 6 credit hours from non-ROTC courses on related military topics. Completion of the minor in military studies is not contingent upon a commission in the Armed Forces being tendered.

The following non-ROTC courses are currently approved for the military minor:

Course Credits
ENG 166 - Literature of War 3
HIST 112 - Civil War and Reconstruction 3
HIST 113 - America as a World Power 3
HIST 139 - World War I 3
HIST 168 - U.S. Interventionism 3
HIST 169 - The U.S. and the Origins of the Cold War 3
PHIL 090 - Ethics 3
POLS 121 - The United Nations and Global Society 3
POLS 124 - Revisiting the Vietnam War 3
POLS 125 - Post-Conflict Justice 3
POLS 136 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict 3
POLS 173 - Human Rights and World Politics 3
POLS 179 - American Foreign Policy 3
Total 18

Students may petition with the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to gain approval of other courses to meet this requirement.

Drake University 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.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.