The Military Leadership and National Security Studies minor is designed for students who are interested in the historical, political, cultural, ethical, and legal dimensions of national security policy as well as the place and role of the military in American society.

The requirements of the minor are one required course during each of the student's final three years at Hampden-Sydney College: Interdisciplinary Studies 275 (sophomore year), History 377 (junior year), and Interdisciplinary Studies 440 (senior year). Students also must complete at least two courses from separate departments, selected from Government and Foreign Affairs 242, 342, or History 313; Government and Foreign Affairs 442; Interdisciplinary Studies 465; Rhetoric 210; Religion 225 or Philosophy 314; Religion 103; Psychology 310; English 194; and Government and Foreign Affairs 230 or Interdisciplinary Studies 375.

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Military Leadership and National Security Studies Certificate Program

The Military Leadership and National Security Studies Certificate Program is designed for students who are interested in the historical, political, cultural, ethical, and legal dimensions of national security policy as well as the place and role of the military in American society. Participation in this program will enrich the college experience of all students, and particularly those students enrolled in the ROTC program or who hold positions with National Guard or Reserve units; however, students need not be in the ROTC program to participate in the certificate program, and participation in the ROTC program will not guarantee admission to the certificate program. Those who successfully complete the Military Leadership and National Security Studies minor (see above) receive a certificate in Military Leadership and National Security Studies and have their participation noted on their transcripts.

In addition to the required courses in the minor, candidates for the certificate should strive to satisfy at least one of the following requirements: hold a student leadership position, participate in the Society of '91 Program, participate in an internship, and/or complete an approved summer military training program.

Students who wish to be considered for participation in the Military Leadership and National Security Studies Certificate Program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and must submit an application.  For additional information, contact the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest at (434) 223-7077.

The aim of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students to think about military action and national security policy in the context of constitutional principles, inter- and intra-governmental relationships, social and cultural constraints, and competing views of ethical human behavior.

Dr. David E. Marion, Wilson Center