Military History – Online Minor

War, peace and the human condition

Learn about the historical evolution of warfare and the role of armed conflict in shaping societies around the globe when you earn an undergraduate minor in military history online with Oregon State University.

As a student in this program, you’ll examine the critical questions and controversies surrounding military tactics and technologies, peace-making, the impact of armed conflict on civilian populations, as well as the causes, costs and consequences of war.

A program rooted in a tradition of outstanding teaching

This minor is offered by Oregon State’s well-regarded School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, which emphasizes engagement between students and instructors and has a long track record of providing students with enriching learning experiences online.


The online courses in the military history minor will prompt you to analyze the contexts and dynamics of past and current conflicts, peace-making and post-war reconciliation. By interacting with your classmates, instructors and the course content, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and advance diverse social and cultural perspectives on the human experience of war.

To complete the minor, you must complete at least 27 credits from the required core coursework, 14 of which must come from upper-division classes. For complete curriculum details, please visit Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • United States history
  • The American military
  • Global history of World War II
  • The Holocaust
  • Why war? A historical perspective
  • European military
  • World history
  • American diplomatic history

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • All Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.