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Minor in Veterans Studies

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Veterans Studies students and instructors visit veterans at the VA Hospital in Lexington, KY during National Salute Week (2019)

Stand Out with a Specialization in Veterans Studies

Minor - 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 - any profession that provide services directly to veterans or their families. Available 100% in-person or online. 

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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
  • VTS 500 - Veteran Identity Theory
  • 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 258 - Career Development (suitable for non-PSY majors)
  • PSY 308 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 314 – Adolescent and Adult Development
  • PSY 476 – Psychology of Trauma
  • SWK 210 – Introduction to Social Work
  • VTS 349 – Cooperative Study
  • Program-approved electives


Ready to add the Minor to your program of study?

1. Get the correct form from the Registrar's website:

- Download this form if you have less than 105 credit hours

- Download this form  if you have more than 105 credit hours

2. Download Adobe Reader if you do not already have it installed.

3. Right click on the form and chose Open With and then Adobe Acrobat Reader

4. The form will populate and you will see the fillable blue boxes. The box for your signature should have a red arrow.

5. First time Adobe users: when you click on the signature line, it will ask you to Configure Digital Signature. Follow the prompts to create your signature. (Here is a step-by-step guide)

6. Fill out the form. Then contact the Veterans Studies Faculty Advisor, Dr. Theresa Botts at Dr. Botts will help you complete the process.

Contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to help!




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Veterans Studies Alliance Student OrganizationJoin the Veterans Studies Alliance

  Eastern Kentucky University  
  521 Lancaster Ave.   
  Whitlock 431  
  Richmond, KY 40475  
  Phone: (859) 622-3459  

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The Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies hosts academic programming for both veteran and non-veteran students. Learn about EKU support services for veterans and other military-affiliated students by visiting the Office of Military & Veterans AffairsDonate to Operation Veteran SuccessDonate to Operation Veteran Success