4 Reasons to Consider a Military Studies Degree

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Deciding which degree program you’d like to pursue in college is often challenging. You may be interested in studying one thing, but the career path you want to take requires something else. With your military experience, no matter how long you serve, you’ll learn about leadership and logistics on top of your specialty training. You can turn that into a degree that potentially helps you advance your career -- military or civilian.

What Is a Military Studies Degree?

Students interested in a military studies degree share some of your interests, and the degree program reflects it. For instance, military studies at Columbia Southern University covers coursework from various areas, including social science, communications, political science, information technology, leadership and management.

What Topics Are Covered in the Program?

Military studies, sometimes called military science, is a great fit for anyone interested in a career in or around the military. And if you’re already serving, you’ve got a leg up. Most schools allow you to transfer credits from previous studies; some even grant credits for military training and experience. Transfer credits can help you complete your associate or bachelor’s degree faster.

You can also specialize in a specific area of study. Students at Columbia Southern University can concentrate on cybersecurity, homeland security or intelligence. They also complete a capstone project that gives them the opportunity to explore the relationships between the armed forces and non-governmental organizations.

Why Consider Military Studies?

You may wonder what you’ll learn while completing a military studies degree or how it will differ from the educational opportunities the military provides. It’s important to remember that not everyone has the same opportunities in the military. While you may be on track to attend War College, many service members never get that opportunity. You may also not want to wait until later in your career to pursue or finish a degree.

You can enroll in military studies programs while on active duty or as a veteran. Some dependents may wish to start this degree before joining the military or use it to secure a job in a related field.

What Do I Do With a Military Studies Degree?

After completing your military studies degree, you’ll be well-versed in studying military theories, practices and institutions. Studying theories can be applied to any area if you want to branch out from the military.

Some of the more popular career fields for military studies graduates who are not serving in the military include engineering, criminal justice and education. Educational careers can also include teaching military studies at a college or university.

For more information on a military studies degree at Columbia Southern or to apply for admission to this degree program, visit the university’s website.

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