Graduate Program in Military History
INTRODUCTION
The History Faculties at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have formed a collaborative Program for Graduate Education in Military History. Graduate students in History pursue a normal course of study and receive their graduate degree at one University or the other. Those concentrating in Military History, or offering Military History as a field of study, work with the Military History faculty at both Universities and take core courses, some of which are team taught. Participating faculty further collaborate on qualifying examinations and the supervision of theses and dissertations.

Four core courses provide students of military history a fundamental grounding in the field. Courses may be taught cooperatively, depending on faculty availability.  The first three  are required and are offered annually.

Introduction to Military History 

An examination of  major and emerging works in military history, theory, and the study of war and military affairs. Reading ranges across several disciplines and genres, including sociology and political science, biography, and war and battle narratives.

Research Seminar in Military History (2 semesters) 

A two semester introduction to research in the field that should result in a major research product.   During the first semester of the seminar (taken in the spring of the first year) students will alternate reading classic texts in military history (Clausewitz, Thucydides, Mao, etc.) with discussions of project conceptualization and research strategies.  Students choose a topic that may serve as all or part of a thesis or dissertation. Papers are researched, written, and critiqued in the first semester, then revised to publishable standards in the second semester.

Colloquium in World Military History

The literature on warfare from ancient times to the present, with concentration European experience. The course approaches war and military institutions broadly, as social as well as political and economic constructs, which can be understood only in their full cultural context.

Colloquium in American Military History 

 The literature on the American military experience, from colonial times to the present, emphasizing different approaches to war, military institutions, leadership, and civil-military relations in the broader context of American history.

Both departments offer other courses in military history and related fields, such as the history of technology, foreign affairs and international relations,and various national histories, which will be of interest to students concentrating in military history. Degree candidates must meet departmental requirements at Duke or North Carolina for distribution of courses and preparation of examination fields, at least one of which should be unrelated to military history. 

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Core Faculty University Area of Specialty
Dirk Bönker
Duke
History of militarism, warfare, and empire in modern Europe and the U.S.
Joseph T. Glatthaar
UNC American military history; Civil War
Richard H. Kohn
UNC U.S. Military History, Civil-Military Relations
Wayne E. Lee
UNC
World Military History & Violence
Alex Roland Duke Military History, History of Technology

Associated Faculty
William Barney UNC 19th-Century U.S. Political and Social, U.S. Civil War
Christopher Browning UNC Nazi Germany, Holocaust
William M. Fletcher III UNC Modern Japan, East Asia
Karen Hagemann
UNC
Modern German and European history of military and war (18-20 C.); cultural and gender history of the the nation, the military, and war
Bruce Kuniholm Duke Middle Eastern History, Cold War
Roger W. Lotchin UNC U.S. War and Urban Society
Terence McIntosh
UNC
Early Modern Europe
Fred NaidenUNCAncient History
Kristin Neuschel Duke Early Modern Europe
Donald Raleigh
UNC
Twentieth-Century Russian/Soviet History
Brett WhalenUNCMedieval History, Crusades

Faculty from other disciplines at the two universities also participate in the program. Students are encouraged to offer one of their required fields from a related discipline. 

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RESOURCES
Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillare located 9 miles apart in the Piedmont area of central North Carolina.They border on the Research Triangle Park, as does their sister institution,North Carolina State in Raleigh. The combined library collections of the three schools include approximately 13 million volumes and 120,000 serial subscriptions. Online computerized catalogs and reciprocal borrowing arrangements make it convenient to locate and use resources at any of the libraries.The three schools also anchor the Triangle Institute for Security Studies(TISS), an interdisciplinary study and research organization that serves the entire Southeastern United States. TISS sponsors meetings and conferences, coordinates regional activities, and conducts outreach to minorities and women on issues of national and international security. TISS symposia held periodically have established a national reputation for substance and liveliness. 

Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill both support active undergraduate programsin military history. UNC's program is part of the Curriculum in Peace,War, and Defense, an undergraduate major that offers an array of courses on topics in national security and provides as well an opportunity for graduate students to obtain teaching experience. Duke's undergraduate courses also offer teaching opportunities for graduate students enrolled there. 

HOW TO APPLY
Students seeking admission to the program should apply in the usual manner to the graduate school of one or both of the host institutions. Admission and financial assistance are competitive and candidates are strongly advised to file application by the deadline on the graduate school webpage. Inquiries may be sent to either Graduate School, either department of history, or any of the core faculty, at the addresses listed below. Catalogs and application forms must be obtained form the respective graduate school offices.

The Graduate School
Duke University 
Durham, NC 27706 
Admissions Office
CB #4010, 203 Bynum Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708 
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
CB #3195, Hamilton Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195
Dirk Bönker
Department of History
Duke University 
Durham, NC 27708 
Joseph Glatthaar
Department of History
CB #3195, Hamilton Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195 

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