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Undergraduate Military History Courses- Online

written by: Sonal Panse•edited by: Sylvia Cochran•updated: 10/5/2009

This article takes a look at how to go about getting an undergraduate degree in military history. This program considers a broad historical perspective of warfare and political issues and is an excellent choice for people interested in history. Graduates can find work in public and private arenas.

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    Undergraduate Military History Courses

    Military history courses acquaint undergraduates with war and statecraft issues that have shaped the world from historical times to the modern age. The distance learning coursework covers information on military battles, tactics, technology, leadership, management and philosophy. It can also delve into matters related to diplomacy, foreign affairs, international law, intelligence work, terrorism and peacekeeping.

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    Military History Course Options

    Students can choose to take a four year course leading to a bachelor's degree - this course can be completed in a shorter duration - or go for a certification course. The latter option is usually taken by students who already have a bachelor's degree and are seeking to specialize in a certain area.

    A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for first time admission to an undergraduate military history course. Students with military or civilian training or experience can request a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE). Students can make their applications online.

    It is advisable that students check the accreditation of prospective schools. Without proper accreditation from a regional or national accreditation body, a degree or certification will not hold much value in the job market.

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    Where Can I Go?

    • American Military University: Bachelor of Arts in Military History

    Admission requirements are a high school diploma/GED. Students must have a computer with Internet access and be at least 18 years of age. They can take up to 10 years to complete the program. Tuition fee is $250 per credit, and the program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.

    • Barton County Community College: Military Studies

    Students require a high school diploma or a GED for admission. Credits are granted for military experience. Tuition fee is $125 per credit, and the program is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

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    Benefits of Online

    Taking a military history course through distance learning offers a flexible and convenient educational option. It is an especially sound choice for busy professionals and military personnel. Students in a distance learning program don't need to relocate or spend time and money in commuting to and from campus. They can study from any location and can usually set their own study schedule and work at their own pace. Since the distance learning program is mostly conducted online, students become proficient in working with the latest computer and web technologies. They also gain independent learning and research skills as well as critical thinking and written presentation skills.

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    Career Choices- Furthering My Career

    Military history graduates have several career choices. They can work in government think tanks, in the police, the military and the armament industry, in education and research, in media and publishing, in museums and historical institutions. They may work in teaching, research, marketing, administrative, managerial or consultancy positions. They can work as historians, archivists, curators, writers, journalists, teachers, researchers, analysts and consultants.

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts a 10-20 percent annual increase in history jobs. Students with bachelor's degrees can expect to earn a starting annual salary of $35,000. Annual salaries of experienced professionals in top-level positions can be in the range of $61,584 to more than $71,000.

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    • American Military University:
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