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Veterans Studies Certificate

EKU’s online veterans 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.


Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 24 hours
Tuition: $409 per credit hour
                  $250 per credit hour for active duty military
Career Options: Business, education, government, health care, real estate,social service, and technology

What sets our program apart?
Focused on building a detailed understanding of the veteran experience, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as psychology, politics and military studies.

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU 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 Certificate Curriculum

Core Requirements – 6 Hours

VTS 200 lays the groundwork for critical examinations of veterans’ identities, cultures, and experiences. Students combine all they learn in either a capstone seminar (VTS 400) or a mentored-project (VTS 401). Alternatively, students may petition for a capstone course taught within their Major.

Core Course (3 Hours)

  • VTS 200 – Introduction to Veterans Studies

Capstone Requirement (Pick One, 3 Hours)

  • VTS 400 – Veterans Studies Capstone (Course)
  • VTS 401 – Veterans Studies Capstone (Mentored Project)
  • Program-approved Capstone in Student’s Major

Cultural Competency Electives - 3 Hours

Cultural Competency courses focus on current and historical forces shaping veterans’ lives. Approved alternatives vary from semester to semester and will focus heavily on military/veteran identities, cultures, or experiences. (Pick One)

  • ENG 386W – War and Peace in Lit Since 1900
  • PLS 375 – Terrorism / Counterterrorism
  • MSL 303 – American Military History
  • VTS 300 – Veterans in Society
  • VTS 350 – Special Topics in Veterans Studies
  • Program-approved courses (e.g., HIS 300A: War and American Society, WGS 300: Gender and War)

Applied Electives – 3 Hours

Applied electives are courses that teach students how to put what they learn about veterans into action. Program-approved electives will come from the student’s major discipline. (Pick One)

  • NSC 442 – Complex Health Systems
  • MGT 300 or MGT 301 (Non-Business Majors) – Principles of Management
  • PSY 405 – Intro to Interviewing / Therapy
  • SWK 365 – Crisis Intervention
  • VTS 349 – Cooperative Study
  • Program-approved Electives

Theoretical Perspectives – 3 Hours

Theoretical Perspectives courses teach interdisciplinary thinking and provide students with ways to examine veterans’ identities, cultures, and experiences critically. (Pick One)

  • CMS 205W – Advocacy and Opposition
  • POL 325 – Global Security
  • PSY 300 – Social Psychology
  • SOC 131 – Introductory Sociology
  • SWK 210 – Introduction to Social Work

Intersectionality Requirement – 3 Hours

The Intersectionality Requirement provides knowledge about diverse social groups, helping students better understand how membership in these groups impacts veterans' experiences. (Pick One)

  • AFA 202 – The African-American Experience
  • ANT 330 – American Indians
  • CDF 424 – Diversity Awareness for Professional Practice
  • WGS 201 – Intro to Women and Gender Studies

Additional Electives – 6 Hours

The remaining elective requirements provide students with opportunities to narrow their focus and dive deeper into veterans' issues or theoretical perspectives to be applied in the capstone. (Pick Two)

  • HLS 400 – Evolution of the U.S. Intelligence Community
  • HUM 300 – Humanity in the Postmodern Age
  • PHI 130 – Beginning Ethics
  • POL 357 – American Political Thought
  • PSY 308 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 314 – Adolescent and Adult Development
  • PSY 476 – Psychology of Trauma
  • SWK 310 – Social Welfare Policy History
  • SWK 335 – Human Behavior / Social Environment
  • Program-approved Electives

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 24 hours

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