The war studies minor allows you to develop the perspective necessary to confront both historical and contemporary questions about war and warfare with greater depth and understanding.
War studies is an interdisciplinary minor with an emphasis on the history of armed conflict. The minor is available to all Clarkson undergraduates. An emphasis on extensive reading, analytical writing and critical thinking makes the minor a good choice for students who seek a fuller appreciation of their major field of study, as well as an enhanced set of professional skills.
About the Minor
The war studies minor focuses on the key human challenges of war and conflict. In the study of the history of warfare, you will be challenged to think critically about a range of disciplines, which transcend military history to include engagement with the subject of war from the viewpoint of combatants, societies, economies and cultures across history. You will explore topics from a range of disciplinary angles, including history, politics, international relations, sociology, philosophy and strategic studies.
The Minor Will Allow You To ...
- Analyze and understand the causes of armed conflict.
- Gain an understanding of the conduct of war.
- Apply arguments to real case studies, both historical and current.
- Appreciate the changing role of technology in warfare.
- Explore and gain an understanding of the varied experiences of war.
- Engage with a wide variety of sources to understand war, including memoirs, biographies, personal testimony, battle studies, literature, poetry, painting and film.
- Develop skills that are valued by employers in a range of fields, including the armed forces, the defense industry, foreign policy, humanitarian aid, journalism and finance.
- Develop and improve communication skills.