Military History Major

Students pursuing a major in military history explore military policy and institutions, warfare and the interrelationships between military and civilian societies. Classes such as The Crusades, American Military History, The French Revolution, The Civil War Era and Revolution in Britain: 1603-1815 are just a few of the many options available for students to learn and study how the ramifications of these events shaped future civilizations. The military history major is excellent for students seeking careers in academia or the U. S. government, or for students who intend to continue their education in graduate school.

Everything in between.

From the required course “Growth of Western Civilization to 1715” to classes such as “The Vietnam War Era” and “American Foreign Relations,” you can rest assured that all historically significant military conflicts are covered. But military history is more than the study of battles and campaigns; it inclues understanding the political, social, economic and cultural ramfications of war and conflict.

Gain a different perspective. 

By examining the various military conflicts of the past, you will be able to identify the causes of each conflict and the ways in which they have affected the modern world. Some of our courses are also electives in the Peace Studies major and minor. Indeed, studying the causes and consequences of war is a necessary component of studying peace!

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Growth of Western Civilization I & II
  • American Military History
  • Evolution of the Art of War
  • Evolution of the Air Force/Air and Space Power
  • Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
  • The Vietnam War Era
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in American military history, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.