Defense Studies and Leadership Minor

The Minor in Defense Studies and Leadership, which is administered by the Department of History, provides students with a broad perspective on the military with analysis of all service branches of the Armed Forces from a historical and social scientific perspective. It also prepares current cadets for active-duty service. 

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. 

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of History, Professor Emily Tabuteau ( 

The official description of the minor may be found in the Academic Programs Catalog.

Students in James Madison College may substitute a relevant course given by that college for the course in item 5.