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VTS Certificates and Congratulatory Letters

"I have yet to be interviewed by an employer who did not ask me specifically about my VTS Minor. It is usually the first question asked."

-EKU Political Science Major and Veterans Studies Minor Christopher Stanfield

Gain An Edge in Interviews. Help Veterans Succeed.


Academic Programs At a Glance...

- The Minor requires 18 credit-hours of coursework. It must be completed in conjunction with a degree program. The credential is issued by the Department of Psychology.

- The University-level Certificate requires 24 credit-hours of coursework. It does not have to be completed with a degree program and is a stand-alone credential issued by Eastern Kentucky University.

- Courses counted toward your Major can also count toward a Veterans Studies credential. 

- The program requirements are broken down into categories reflective of the our educational goals at KCVS. Students are encouraged to petition for the inclusion of courses not listed where it says, "program-approved electives." Offerings change semester-to-semester and we want students to be able to customize their learning experiences. 

-All Veterans Studies students must complete either a VTS 400/401 capstone or an approved capstone in their Major in which the work/research pertains to veterans' identities, cultures, and experiences. 

-Veterans Studies students are eligible to wear a stole at graduation. Regalia is issued when/if a student completes the exit requirement, a short essay about a hypothetical scenarios involving veterans. Responses are used only for internal review purposes. 


The best place to start is by taking VTS 200 Introduction to Veterans Studies.  This course introduces you to the program's core philosophies and approaches. It also counts toward the Gen Ed VI requirement that all students take to gain "diversity of perspectives."

We encourage all of our students to enhance their educational experience with service learning, internships, and involvement with our student organization, the Veterans Studies Alliance. Content knowledge gained in the classroom is essential. That knowledge is longer-lasting when applied in practical settings.

Both programs are available 100% in-person or online. 

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