Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2018-40


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair

Date of First Reading: March 26, 2018

Date of Second Reading: April 23, 2018

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies– for the establishment of a graduate program – MA in World War II Studies

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale:: A global conflict that impacted millions of people, World War II fundamentally reshaped the political and cultural landscape of our planet. Through advanced interdisciplinary study of World War II students explore the global nature of the conflict, the evolution of governance and political systems, and human responses to conflict, violence and genocide. Program coursework also helps students contextualize current events through study of the war’s historical, political, and cultural legacies. The knowledge and skills associated with such study are transferable to a variety of contexts, including education, military service, human rights work, public relations, diplomacy, international relations, and law.

As a fully online, interdisciplinary degree, the Master’s program in World War II Studies leverages ASU’s online infrastructure and the world-class educational resources and instructional staff of both ASU and the National World War II Museum (NWWM) in New Orleans.



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