Veterans’ Policy Certificate

PREPARE FOR A CAREER SUPPORTING U.S. VETERANS IN NON-PROFIT, PRIVATE, OR GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS

The Veterans’ Policy Certificate (VPC) is a 24-credit-hour interdisciplinary academic
program that focuses on understanding the policies associated with the military veteran
population within the United States. VPC graduates will have the basic knowledge needed to
work within non-profit, private, or government organizations that support Military Veterans.

Courses

POLS 1103

American Federal Government

A survey study of the history, principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States Federal Government.

SOCI 1103

Introduction to Sociology

A study of the nature of social relations, social institutions, social processes and the products of
these relationships. The nature of culture, communication, socialization, mobility, social control and other sociological concepts are considered.

ENGL 1203

English Composition II

This course emphasizes research writing techniques, persuasive writing, critical thinking, style, and the influence of language

COUN 5533

American History II

A survey of American History from 1877 to the present.

COMM 3423

Veterans in Media

Veterans in Media will survey how public servants are depicted in various forms throughout mass media history and, conversely, how mass media shape public perception through narrative persuasion. Students will gain exposure to public perceptions of veterans produced primarily through 19th, 20th, and 21st Century media. Mediated depictions include books, journal essays, newspaper articles, posters, pictures, television, and film. Presentments range from ancient civilizations, international and historical representations to U.S. American Veterans, with an emphasis on highlighting how military identity constitutes a transnational phenomenon that is both mythological and unique to the human condition.

SOCI 3433

Researching Veterans

The course will look at the research conducted on U.S. veterans to give students an idea of how the population has been categorized using reliable, open-source studies and data. Data sources will include government and non-profit sources, and Veterans journals. The course will include research on 21st-century student veterans, Adult Learning, Disability-Related, Adaptation, Transition, and Identity Studies.

POLS 4543

Veterans’ Policy, before 9/11

The course will cover national policy on the military and veterans from pre-Civil War through the Cold War era. Topics include the 19th-century development of a national military, standardization of the military and support to veterans before WWII, supporting WWII veterans through the GI Bill, veterans of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and Cold War veterans.

POLS 4553

Veterans’ Policy, after 9/11

The course will cover the alteration of national policy on military veterans following the September 11, 2001 attack on the U.S. Topics include the 9/11 GI Bill, various Presidential directives, the Forever GI Bill, how VA hospitals and treatment of veterans have changed, and the cost of the changes to the nation.

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