What is History?

A historical perspective has never been more valuable than it is today as the Army finds itself involved in an increasingly complex global society. The study of history helps officers develop critical skills such as:

  • Analyzing complex situations and conflicting evidence
  • Understanding different cultures
  • Understanding the historical context of contemporary events
  • Communicating effectively
Historian Peter Stearns provides a broad argument for the value in the study of history. In short, he argues that History helps us understand people, societies, and how societies change over time. For more on this see: www.historians.org/pubs/Free/whystudyhistory.htm

What do Historians do in the Army?

Historians have also used their skills and training while serving as:
  • Foreign Area Officers (FA 48)
  • Strategic Plans and Policy Officers (FA 59)
  • Instructor, United States Military Academy

What kinds of Masters Degree predominate in the field?

History has a wide diversity of sub-disciplines. However, as a sampling, major fields of study are American History, International History, Social, Cultural and Intellectual History, Ancient History and Military History.

What kinds of professionals study in a typical History program?

In a typical program you will find considerable diversity, including future educators, researchers and advocates.

Top History Programs for Army Officers
  • Duke University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Penn State University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin
  • North Texas
  • UCLA
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-3286. When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

Researching Potential Schools

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