Military Studies Minor

Program Director: Colonel Nathan Rabe

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 in the Requirements section, 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.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses 1
ARSC300Leading People and Effective Communication I3
ARSC301Leading People and Effective Communication II3
ARSC400National Security and Preparation for Active Duty I3
ARSC401National Security and Preparation for Active Duty II3
Elective Courses 2
Select one of the following Global Affairs courses:3
International Political Relations
The Study of Comparative Politics
International Development and Conflict Management
International Negotiations
The Politics of Terrorism
Modern Military History, 1494-1815
Modern Military History, 1815-Present
Europe in the Twentieth Century
The United States in World Affairs
America in the Revolutionary Era, 1763-1815
Civil War and the Rise of Industrialization, 1860-1900
Recent America: 1945-Present
Select on of the following Military Affairs courses:3
Strategic Management of Human Capital
Managing People and Organizations
Probing War: Investigative Narratives and American Conflicts
Veterans in American Society: What does America Owe Its Veterans?
The Sociology of War: State and Society since the American Revolution
States of Emergency
Total Credits18

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.


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.


  • 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 of "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.