Online Military Studies Degree Courses

Promote yourself and your career – earn your Associate of Arts in Military Studies. Your courses in this 64-credit program focus on topics important to the military, such as politics, history, and peacekeeping.

Introductory Courses
All Associate degree-seeking students are required to successfully complete the Student Success Orientation prior to enrolling in credit-bearing coursework. Following successful completion of orientation, students are required to successfully complete EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education* as their first course.

Student Success Orientation
The orientation is designed to provide students with a complete overview of the Ashford University experience, prepare them for success in their courses, and help them to self evaluate their readiness to succeed in an online classroom setting. Students will be instructed on Ashford University policies and the learner resources that are available to them through interactive videos and assessments. Students enrolled in orientation must successfully complete all assigned activities.

EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
This course is designed to help adult learners beginning their university studies to achieve academic success. Students will explore learning theories, communication strategies, and personal management skills. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving success in school and work. Students will also be introduced to the University's institutional outcomes and learning resources. Effective for courses beginning January 1, 2013, and after, a minimum grade of C- is required to meet course requirements.

* EXP 105 is a required core course in the major and must be taken by all Associate of Arts students.

Course Requirements

HIS 103 World Civilizations I
This course is a study of the origins and development of the world's major civilizations from their beginnings through the seventeenth century. Emphasis is placed on the salient socio-economic, political and religious characters of the civilization and the patterns of interaction among them.

HIS 104 World Civilizations II
This course is a study of the development and interaction of the world's major civilizations from the seventeenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on the rise and decline of European global dominance.

MIL 275 Military Ethics
Ethical issues faced in the modern world will be examined including the ethics of leadership, just war theory, and the moral status of the rules of war. Students will use critical thinking to determine the ethical implications and solutions for complex issues that are relevant to the current day military. The course will make use of case studies to illustrate moral and ethical dilemmas.

MIL 208 Survey of the American Military since WWI
Since World War I, the American military has expanded and transformed into a modern military machine. This course will focus on the reasons and ways in which the versatile American military has been utilized throughout the world, at different times. This course will focus on a selection of significant battles fought by air, land and sea, during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.

MIL 212 The Military as a Peace Keeping Force
This course will examine ways in which militaries are utilized during peacetime. It will focus on NATO, the United Nations, Humanitarian Relief, and Disaster Recovery. It will investigate the role external factors such as international and local politics, geography, media, terrorism, and economics have on a military's ability to be a peace keeping force.

POL 111 Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to the complexity and nuance of Political Science. It explores the political and social dynamics of choice, action, and consequence that underlie and support all political phenomena. Specifically, this course focuses on the why and how of politics rather than the what, in order to provide students with useful, current, and relevant conceptual and theoretical tools for enhancing their critical thinking skills.

POL 255 Introduction to International Relations
This course in International Relations is an introductory study of the interactions and interconnectivity of the countries of the world. The course emphasizes the need to think critically about international politics and foreign policy. Consequently, this course focuses topically on how and why wars begin, balances of power between states, international institutions, collective security, international communications, human rights, globalization, regime types, international trade, environmental change, imperialism, injustice, inequality, and other issues relevant to the changing world.

PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
This course presents adult development theory and links theoretical concepts of life and learning through a process of psychometric assessment and reflection. Both classical and contemporary adult development theories are examined. These theories then provide the paradigm for self-analysis and life learning, including a plan for personal, professional and academic learning.

ENG 121 English Composition I
The course is designed to enable students to develop competence in analyzing, organizing, and developing ideas; to locate and use library resources for supporting ideas; and, to adapt one's writing to various audiences. Instruction and practice in writing and critical reading is a focus in this course.

ENG 122 English Composition II
This course provides instruction and practice in writing effective expository and persuasive essays. The techniques for doing research and writing research papers are explored. Attention is given to the development of library research skills.

COM 200 Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to aid students in understanding the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. Verbal and nonverbal communication patterns between people in personal, social, academic, and professional settings will be examined, and the nature of those interactions will be evaluated using contemporary communication theory. The course will enable students to identify their interpersonal communication behaviors and to more critically evaluate their own oral communication and that of others. A primary goal of the course is to improve the quality of students' communication in their personal and professional relationships.

INF 103 Computer Literacy
This course is a study of personal computer applications and the Internet as information processing tools in business and academic environments. Students will explore the World Wide Web, learn basic computer concepts, and use productivity tools to create text documents, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics with the Microsoft Office applications.

ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
This course is an introduction to the basic elements of fiction, poetry and drama. Emphasis is on reading literature to perceive the techniques used in each genre, to understand the basic theoretical approaches to literature, to acquire the vocabulary associated with literary criticism, and to analyze and evaluate literature.

MAT 221 Introduction to Algebra
This course establishes a strong base for an Algebraic exploration of mathematical topics. Student understanding is built up through learning the basics of real numbers and Algebra terminology, writing, solving, and graphing equations, and manipulating polynomials through various operations. Students will develop a familiarity and ease of working with the language and notation of Algebra while learning to think logically through algorithms and solving methods. Emphasis will be placed on developing an awareness of the use of mathematics as it exists in the world today.

MAT 222 Intermediate Algebra
Students enrolled in this course will explore a wider range of Algebra topics beyond the introductory level. Topics will include polynomials, functions, rational expressions, systems of equations and inequalities, operations with radicals, and quadratic equations. Emphasis will be placed on developing an awareness of the use of mathematics as it exists in the world today. Prerequisite: MAT 221 or equivalent.

PHI 103 Informal Logic
This course is a study of correct and incorrect reasoning involved in everyday activities. The fundamentals of language and argument, deductive and inductive reasoning and other aspects of practical reasoning are examined.

PHI 208 Ethics & Moral Reasoning
This course explores key philosophical concepts from an ethical perspective. Students will analyze selected assertions of knowledge and the methods of reasoning humans use to justify these claims. Through research into theories of science and religion, as well as the theoretical and empirical challenges these institutions of thought face, students will also investigate how the mind constructs and understands reality. This will provide a foundation for an exploration into questions of morality, in which students will look at traditional and contemporary ethical theories, and apply these theories to contemporary moral issues.

SCI 207 Our Dependence upon the Environment (4 credits)
In this course learners deepen their understanding of the importance of natural resources to mankind. Students explore the physical, biological and ecological principles, how human alterations affect the environment, reflect on the controversies surrounding various approaches to addressing environmental problems and the steps some communities have taken to address these challenges.

SOC 120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
This course introduces the basic ethical concepts and explores philosophic perspectives for understanding the meaning of social responsibility. Topics include ethical theories, the role of government, the role of corporations, environmental issues, and ethical integrity.

CGD 218 Visual Literacy in Business
This course examines the evolution and trends in digital media utilized in the business environment. Course content and activities will focus on message content and creation and the visual principles and theories that shape effective visual communication in the business environment. Legal and ethical issues relating to visual communication will be introduced and incorporated into projects that develop visual literacy and visual problem-solving skills.

If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.