Graduate Certificate in Civil War Studies

 

DEGREE AT A GLANCE:

    • Number of Credits
    • 18
    • Cost Per Credit
    • $ 325
    • Total Tuition*
    • $ 5,850
  • *(Before Transfer Credit)
 

Program Description

The Certificate in Civil War Studies is designed for students interested in the antebellum period, the Civil War years (1861 to 1865), and reconstruction era, and the social, cultural, economic, and political developments in the North and South. Students explore such topics as slavery and sectionalism, political challenges, presidential decision-making, military strategy and leadership, plus the operational command structure and campaign planning in relation to the evolution of tactical command and control at the various levels of war. Special emphasis focuses on the analysis and synthesis of historical interpretations as presented in the writings of prominent and influential historians.

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Program Objectives

  • Place events of the Antebellum period, the Civil War, and Reconstruction into the broader scope of American History by assessing the similarities and differences in social, cultural, economic, and political developments in North and South.
  • Discern and assess the political, economic, cultural, social, and military aspects of the Civil War to specifically include their impact on causative factors, conduct of the war, and post-war aftermath.
  • Examine the operational contributions of Union and Confederate military leaders by critiquing selected land battles of the war as examples of the strategies and tactics involved.
  • Compare and contrast the national, theater, and operational command structures of the Union and Confederacy in relation to leadership styles of key military leaders on both sides and the evolution of command and control during the war.
  • Identify, assess, and explain the diverse historical assessments and interpretations of the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras as presented in the writings of prominent and influential historians.
 
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
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DESCRIPTION
CREDITS
HIST552
The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History
3 hours

This course is a study of the political, economic, cultural, and social aspects of the Civil War as a seminal event in our nation’s history. Students explore the causes of the war, how a nation coped with the struggle across multiple dimensions, and how we dealt with the conflict's aftermath. Special emphasis is on the continuing debate that the impact of the Civil War had on both the North and the South.

HIST657
Antebellum America: Prelude to the Civil War
3 hours

This course is an analysis of the conditions existing in the United States in the first half of the 19th century. The course focuses on the political, cultural/social, economic, security, leadership, and other issues that played roles in starting and shaping the Civil War. Students will analyze the issues in the context of war and peace to determine whether or not such conflicts as civil wars can be avoided prior to their inception.

HIST658
Reconstruction and Post-Civil War America
3 hours

This course is designed to examine the interrelationship between the Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and the U.S. Congress, compare/contrast the Reconstruction plans developed by both, and determine why the Reconstruction Period played out in the manner that it did.

MILH510
Studies in U.S Military History
3 hours

This course examines the military heritage of the United States from the colonial period to the present time. Through an in-depth study of the extensive literature in American military history, students assess the key individuals, military policies, postures, organizations, strategies, campaigns, tactics, and battles that define the American military experience.

MILH541
Civil War Strategy and Tactics
3 hours

This course is a study of the American Civil War with emphasis on operational contributions of Union and Confederate military leadership. Students examine Civil War battles on two levels: the strategic doctrine as formed by the major commanders and tactical developments that affected the conduct of battle at a lower echelon of command. Special emphasis is on the interplay between these levels in order to gain a comprehensive view of strategy and tactics in both armies from 1861-1865.

MILH542
Civil War Command and Leadership
3 hours

This course is a study of national, theater, and operational command structures of the Union and Confederacy, the leadership styles of key military leaders on both sides, and the evolution of command and control in the war. Major themes include the relationship between the commanders in chief and the generals who led the armies in the field, the relationships between the generals themselves, and the ways in which the relationships described above either served to facilitate or debilitate the causes those commanders served.


Total Credits (18 Hours)
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