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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: MAMS 501
Course Title: Introduction to Military Studies
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to the disciplinary perspectives, theoretical frameworks, and scholarly methods appropriate for military studies. Current editions of the Chicago style and APA style manuals are utilized. Relevant issues of interpretation, objectivity, selectivity, and bias are considered. A literature review of primary and secondary sources is the major focus of the course.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The Art of War
By Sun Tzu (Penguin, 2003)
The History of the Peloponnesian War
By Thucydides (Penguin Classics, 1972)
On War
By Carl von Clausewitz (Princeton University Press, 1984)
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Thesis, and DIssertations, 7th edition
By Kate L. Turabian (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007)
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition
By American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2009)
Uneasy Balance: Civil-Military Relationships in Peacetime America Since 1783
By Thomas Langston (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)
Course Objectives
  • To complete a literature review of a topic relevant to the course.
  • To explain the philosophies and perspectives articulated in selected classical military treatises.
  • To describe the evolution of civil-military relations in the United States since the founding of the republic.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate mastery of the Chicago or APA manual of style.
  • Compose a literature review of primary and secondary sources relevant to the themes of military studies.
  • Analyze the evolution of civilian military relationships in the United States during peacetime since the founding of the republic.
  • Identify issues of bias, interpretation, objectivity, and selectivity with the development of a literature review.
  • Identify key themes in the history of civil-military relations in the United States.
  • Analyze the concepts found in selected classic works on military studies for relevancy to current issues or problems.
Topical Outline:
  • Instructors should introduce students to the resources available to successfully conduct a literature review of topics germane to military studies. Students should become familiar with both the Chicago manual of style used in historical research as well as the APA format used in other disciplines that make up the graduate program. Topics for the literature review will be drawn from student interest in liberal arts disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science, international relations, and related areas. Students will also explore the perspectives and commentaries of classic military theorists as well as examine issues inherent in US civil-military relationships.
  • Overview of the program
  • Manuals of style
  • Sun Tzu
  • Thucydides
  • Clausewitz
  • The American military establishment
  • Literature review

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Date: February 23, 2010
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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