The Courses – Masters in Military History – Civil War

Institutional Requirements

Great Military Philosophers (A)
Studies in U.S. Military History (A)
Historiography (A)
Historical Research Methods (A)

Concentration Requirements

The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History (A)
Civil War Strategy and Tactics (A)
Civil War Command and Leadership (A)
Antebellum America: Prelude to Civil War (A)
Reconstruction and Post-Civil War America
Intelligence Operations in the Civil War
or Civil War Cavalry: Theory, Practice and Operations
or The Mexican – American War: 1846-1848
or Special Topic: Military History
or Independent Study: Military History

Comp Exam / Thesis Seminar

Master’s Capstone Seminar in Military History

Graduate Electives

History of Sea Power – Jan 3, 2011 – Apr 24, 2011
Course Description
This course is an in-depth study of the art of war at sea from Salamis to the naval operations in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and examines the expanding role of sea power in supporting operations in combating terrorism. Students evaluate the development of the classical theories of naval warfare, as reflected by Mahan, in light of today’s world conditions, threats, and roles.

4 Replies to “The Courses – Masters in Military History – Civil War”

  1. Larry,
    Yes and Dr. White is an exception teacher. I’ve been lucky enough to have him for my first two courses.

    Looking at your post, I suspect that this term’s required reading has been modified a bit from when you took the course. That’s pretty typical…Professor White tweaks.

    I’ve been trying to talk him into a staff ride at Gettysburg or Antietam. He thought it might fit in conjunction with a gradtuation. You, my friend, are much closer to graduating than I am but I’d gladly show up for YOUR graduation if I could attend the staff ride. LOL.

    Hope you’ll continue to drop by the blog and share your thoughts and insights.

    Take care,


  2. Rene,

    I assume you have Dr. White for CW500 and, if so, you are very lucky. I took this course earlier this year and it was one of the best of the many I’ve taken at APU. For me and most of the other students, the strongest point was the interaction of students in the Discussion Board as well as Professor White’s responses. Every day, the first thing I looked at was the board to see if there were any new comments.

    Additionally, the required readings were mostly terrific. Roland has the best short CW history extant IMHO and McPherson and Thomas are excellent also. I read many of the supplemental readings and most were also excellent. There were some, however, on which I wasted time and monies such as DiLorenzo and Dwyer. They both have agendas which compromised, IMO, the “histories” they wrote. Certainly every author has a point of view and opinions but to me, when the author’s political or social agendas overwhelm the history then I posit that the book is not useful for the study of CW history. I believe that Dr. White included some of these types of readings to show the different schools of thought or ways history can be approached but my worry was that tyro CW history students would not be able to recognize that these authors were not objective in any sense of the word and that the histories they were describing were skewed based on the author’s political or social agenda.

    That said, enjoy this course knowing that it likely is one of the best you will take at AMU/APU. I have one more course to go then the exam; I hope the school soon offers a PhD program in military studies so I may continue.

    Larry F.

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