EKU’s online veteran’s studies certificate offers a unique, multidisciplinary program that provides veterans and non-veteran students a foundation of understanding regarding military structure, culture, combat, and the psychological and physiological changes resulting from military service. The program prepares students to improve services for, and interactions with veterans.  

At A Glance

Degree format


Credit hours

12 hours

2017-2018 Tuition

$409 per credit hour

Who would be interested?

  • Veterans and non-veterans

Career Options

  • Communications positions
  • Helping professions
  • Education
  • Nonprofit
  • Law and Politics
  • Business


What sets our program apart?
Student engagement and success is our top priority from day-one.

  • Our expert faculty provide interactive feedback and a collaborative learning environment
  • We use “Quality Matters” to ensure valuable and engaging course designs
  • We offer a number of online tutoring options accessible from anywhere
  • Dedicated online-student advisors

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar institution that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. Eastern has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran friendly campuses.


Veterans Studies Requirements

Core (3 hours)

  • VTS 200 : Introduction to Veterans Studies                          

Electives (9 hours)

Choose one (3 hours)

  • PLS 375: Terrorism/Counterterrorism
  • POL 415: Terrorism and Political Violence

Choose one (3 hours)

  • PSY 308: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 320: Health Psychology

And (3 hours)

  • ENG 386W: War & Peace in Lit Since 1900

Course Descriptions

ENG 386W: War & Peace in Lit Since 1900.  A.
Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102.
An exploration of themes of war and peace in literature since 1900, structured chronologically, beginning with World War I and moving into the contemporary world.

PLS 375: Terrorism/Counterterrorism.  A.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
A study of domestic, foreign, transnational and state terrorism. This course examines issues related to defining, preventing and combating terrorism. Various social and historical forces and events will be considered in order to contextualize specific key individuals, organizations and actions.

POL 415: Terrorism and Political Violence. A.
Examines terrorism and political violence as causes and consequences of cultural, social and political change.

PSY 308: Abnormal Psychology.  A.
Prerequisites: PSY 200 and ENG 102 or ENG 105 (B) or HON 102.
Descriptive study of the nature, course, classification and prevalence of abnormal behavior, with attention to intellectual, personality, cognitive, sensory and motor functions

PSY 320: Health Psychology.  I, II.
Prerequisites: PSY 250, and ENG 102 or ENG 105 (B) or HON 102.
Theoretical and research perspectives on the relationship between psychological factors and health. Emphasis on utilizing psychological principles and methodology to understand and change illness and health behaviors. Credit will not be awarded for both PSY 320 and PSY 410.

VTS 200: Intro to Veterans Studies A.
Prerequisite completion of developmental reading and writing requirements.
Multidisciplinary study of military/veteran issues and perceptions of veterans. Explores impact of training/service on reintegration into civilian life and relationships. First course in VTS minor. Designed for non-veterans and veterans. Gen. Ed. E-6 [GE].