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Minor in Veterans Studies

(If you declared a Minor in Veterans Studies prior to Fall 2020 view the old curriculum requirements here)

Minor in Veterans Studies - 18 Hours

EKU's Minor in Veterans Studies was the first in the world. It is a great complement to degree programs in "helping professions" such as Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and other professions that provide services to veterans or their families. Program-approved alternatives can be substituted for some requirements. These courses will be listed on the VTS website each semester. However, if you see a course offering that you think would better suit your professional or educational needs, you are invited to petition for a substitution. Please contact us at any point if you have questions. 

Core Requirements – 9 Hours

VTS 200 lays the groundwork for critical examinations of veterans’ identities, cultures, and experiences. Students learn valuable ways to communicate with veterans in PSY 405 and 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 Courses (6 Hours)

  • VTS 200 – Introduction to Veterans Studies
  • PSY 405 – Intro to Interviewing / Therapy

Captsone Requirement (Pick One, 3 Hours)

  • VTS 400 – Veterans Studies Capstone (Course)
  • VTS 401 – Veterans Studies Capstone (Mentored Project)
  • Program-approved capstone in the student’s Major
Cultural Competency Requirement – 3 Hours

Cultural Competency courses focus exclusively 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
  • MSL 303 – American Military History
  • PLS 375 – Terrorism / Counterterrorism
  • 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 – 6 Hours

Applied electives are courses that will teach students how to put what they learn about veterans into action. (Pick Two)

  • PSY 308 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 314 – Adolescent and Adult Development
  • PSY 476 – Psychology of Trauma
  • SWK 201 – Introduction to Social Work
  • Program-approved electives

Students wishing to add a VTS Minor or University-level Certificate must complete the Change of Major form and submit it to their advisor or the Program Director for signature.

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