Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2019-05
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Date of First Reading: August 27, 2018
Date of Second Reading: September 24, 2018
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Dean’s Office - for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – Veterans, Society and Service
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: The Certificate in Veterans, Society and Service uses the humanities and arts to analyze military and veteran culture to bridge the military-civilian divide. We all use terms like service, honor, and patriotism, but are we understanding, experiencing, and embodying them in the same way? How has society changed over time in its consensus of obligations to support veterans? Interdisciplinary core courses will draw on the history of military service and veteran cultures; veteran representation and self representation in literature, film and social media; and will increase cultural competence for students drawn from history, politics, psychology, sociology, journalism, business, and the arts. Students will develop critical analyses of systems that affect veterans and develop an understanding of how veterans studies intersects with the larger narratives of civilian-privileged structures as well as how people gain power, privilege, and prestige in both military and civilian cultures.