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Certificate in Veterans Studies

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Expand Your Knowledge of Veterans and Their Experiences

EKU’s 100% online certificate in veterans’ studies is a comprehensive credential examining the identities, cultures, and experiences of members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The discipline was founded upon the belief that military veterans have cultures of their own, shaped by the shared experiences of military training and indoctrination, peacetime and wartime service, and reintegration into civilian life. Graduates are prepared to better understand representations of veterans, world events impacting the military experience, as well as the psychological and sociological forces that influence veterans’ lives before, during, and after military service.

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Benefits of EKU Online

The veterans studies certificate complements any field of study and is ideal for students looking to expand their knowledge of veterans beyond a single disciplinary perspective.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Free textbooks for undergraduate students
  • No application fee
  • No campus visits required
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Personalized graduation plan
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

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EKU Online offers veterans and active-duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience, and flexibility.

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EKU’s curriculum 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.

Degree Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about the communication studies certificate is available in the University undergraduate catalog.

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

VTS 200 – Introduction to Veterans Studies
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.

VTS 400 – Veterans Studies Capstone (Course)
Instructor mentored seminar incorporating previous gained knowledge concomitantly with course research to produce material presentable for publication and/or conference presentation. Class will organize a capstone symposium.
VTS 401 – Veterans Studies Capstone (Mentored Project)
Mentored research project exploring veterans’ identities, cultures, and experiences. Combines theories and perspectives learned in VTS with those found in the student’s major.

Student Success

I attribute my success to the EKU Communication Studies major and the faculty in the EKU Communication Department. My dreams have become bigger than I could ever imagine.

Lacy Griffith AndrewsAssistant Commonwealth Attorney for the 29th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online graduate student on deployment in Afghanistan

Heath Bergmann
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