Undergraduate Military and Strategic Studies Programme

 

Introduction

This multidisciplinary programme is unique in North America at the undergraduate level. The Military and Strategic Studies (MSS) programme offers students an opportunity to acquire a sound grounding in military history, strategic thought, and international relations, as well as in Canadian government, Politics and Economics, English or French Studies, and Military Psychology and Leadership. It leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies, as a Major or at the Honours level. The MSS degree provides a solid basis for graduate studies and a professional career.

Students are encouraged to take at least one MSS course in their second language. Students with the requisite language profile are free to take all or a combination of courses in either official language while earning their degrees.

In addition to their course work, students enrolled in the MSS programme are encouraged to participate in the various extracurricular activities of the programme, including field trips to Ottawa, Washington, New York, USMA, USNA, and NATO HQ and several Model UN and NATO simulations at leading North American universities.

General Programme Information

To earn a degree in Military and Strategic Studies students must pursue one of two patterns of study:

  1. Military and Strategic Studies; or,
  2. Military and Strategic Studies, with a Minor in Psychology, Business Administration, Economics, English, or French Studies.

B.A. Honours Military and Strategic Studies

A 40 credit degree programme including the core courses for arts programmes and 21 credits, comprised of the following:

Mandatory Courses

  • GOE202: Introduction to Political Geography (1 credit)
  • HIE202: Introduction to Canadian Military History (2 credits)
  • HIE270: Introduction to Military History (2 credits)
  • HIE380: Peacekeeping and Peacemaking (2 credits)
  • HIE470: Strategy and Strategists (2 credits)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit)
  • POE317: Introduction to Contemporary Strategic Studies (1 credit)
  • POE460: International Conflict Analysis (1 credit)
  • POE462: Current Strategic Issues (1 credit)
  • PSE312: Military Psychology and Combat (1 credit)
  • MSE424: Thesis or MSE426: Research Project in Military Strategic Studies (2 credits)

Optional Courses

  • A minimum of 5 other optional credits, of which 2 must be at the 400 level, approved by the professor in charge of the Military and Strategic Studies programme.

Note: MSE424 / MSE426: Special research on an approved subject, under the direction of a designated supervisor, resulting in the submission of a "MSE424: Thesis" or "MSE426: Research Project in Military Strategic Studies". Students will be provided with guidance on topics and methods before submitting a research proposal for approval. Theses must follow Royal Military College of Canada thesis guidelines and will be evaluated by at least one subject expert in addition to the Chair and supervisor. An oral defence will normally be arranged for a thesis. Those transferring from "MSE424: Thesis" to "MSE426: Research Project in Military Strategic Studies" must do so no later than the add-course deadline of the winter term.

B.A. Military and Strategic Studies

A 40 credit degree programme including the core courses for arts programmes and 17 credits, comprised of the following:

Mandatory Courses

  • GOE202: Introduction to Political Geography (1 credit)
  • HIE202: Introduction to Canadian Military History (2 credits)
  • HIE270: Introduction to Military History (2 credits)
  • HIE380: Peacemaking and Peacemaking (2 credits)
  • HIE470: Strategy and Strategists (2 credits)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit)
  • POE317: Introduction to Contemporary Strategic Studies (1 credit)
  • POE460: International Conflict Analysis (1 credit)|
  • POE462: Current Strategic Issues (1 credit)
  • PSE312: Military Psychology and Combat (1 credit)

Optional Courses

  • A minimum of 3 optional credits, of which 1 must be at the 400 level, approved by the professor in charge of the Military and Strategic Studies programme .

Note: Students enrolled in Military and Strategic Studies may not complete a Double Major with History or Political Science.

Programme Outline Tables

The programme outline tables are an example the typical course load of a student enrolled in the Military and Strategic Studies (MSS) programme.

B.A. Honours Military and Strategic Studies

Semester Fall
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Winter
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Fall
year 2
Winter
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Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
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year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
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Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
 

B.A. Military and Strategic Studies

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
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year 4
Winter
year 4
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Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
 

Minor in Military and Strategic Studies

Note: There is no Minor in Military and Strategic Studies.

Minors in Psychology, Business Administration, Economics, English, or French Studies may be earned together with a B.A. Honours Military and Strategic Studies or a B.A. Military and Strategic Studies. Students pursuing one or more of these minors will complete 8 credits in the minor.

List of Optional Courses

Students in the Military and Strategic Studies programme must choose from the following list of optional courses:

  • BAE344: Operations Management
  • CCE204: Military Chemistry
  • ECE424: Economics of Defence
  • ECE428: Economics of National Security
  • ENE363: American Literature: The American Dream: Race, Gender, War
  • ENE413: Literature, Culture & Ecology
  • ENE415: Literature, Culture & Evolution
  • ENE450: The News Media and the Military
  • ENE451: War Literature I
  • ENE453: War Literature II
  • ENE471: Passionate Flyers and Aircraft Design
  • FRF324 : La littérature francophone subsaharienne des In dépendances à aujourd'hui
  • FRF326 : La littérature francophone du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient, de la colonisation à nos jours
  • FRF331 : L’expression de la guerre dans la littérature française
  • FRF333 : L’expression de la guerre dans la littérature canadienne-française
  • FRF335 : Récits de militaires et d’explorateurs en Afrique de Napoléon à la Première Guerre mondiale
  • FRF381 : Les Moralistes français du XVIe siècle
  • FRF383 : Les Moralistes français du XVIIe siècle
  • FRF428 : L’essai au XXIe siècle : crise, terreur, paranoïa et sécurité intérieure
  • FRF430 : L’échec des utopies dans la littérature française depuis de la guerre froide
  • FRF434Témoigner
  • FRF440 : Vie et mort des grands héros de l'Antiquité
  • FRF442La rhetorique d’ Aristotle à aujourd’hui
  • FRF479Discours et pouvoir
  • GOE305: World Regional Geography: Europe and/or the Americas
  • GOE307: World Regional Geography: Asia and/or the Africa
  • GOE404: Issues in Contemporary Geopolitics
  • GOF420: Fondements géopolitiques du droit international
  • GOE470: Problems in Political Geography: Focus on Europe and Former Soviet Union
  • GOE472: Understanding Post-Soviet Europe and Asia
  • HIE317: A History of Military Education since the 17th Century
  • HIE319: Mercenaries in Military History
  • HIE320: A Social and Cultural History of the Atomic Age
  • HIE322: Conflict in the Middle East, 1914- Present
  • HIE328: Selected Issues in Military History
  • HIE332: War in Classical Age
  • HIE334: Historical Evolution of Operational Art
  • HIE336: The American Civil War
  • HIE338: North American Colonial Warfare, 1608-1815
  • HIE340: History of the First World War
  • HIE342: History of the Second World War
  • HIE346: The History of Canadian Forces Operations
  • HIE348: Fascism, Nazism and Communism, 1917-1945
  • HIF354Histoire du monde arabe et musulman
  • HIF364Napoléon et son temps
  • HIE366: Europe Napoleon and the World War of 1789 to 1815
  • HIE369: The Diplomacy of Europe's Global Ascendancy: International History, 1815-1870
  • HIE372: The Diplomacy of Great Power Rivalry: International History, 1870-1914
  • HIE374: From World War to World War: International History 1914-1945
  • HIE375: Limited War during the Cold War, 1945-1991
  • HIE377: The Cold War
  • HIF383: Histoire de la France, de la guerre franco-prussienne à la présidence de Charles De Gaulle
  • HIE390: European Imperialism - The Early Stages in Renaissance Europe
  • HIE392: European Imperialism - Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • HIE405: History of the Relations between Canada and the United States
  • HIE406: Canadian External Relations
  • HIE408: Canadian Defence Policy
  • HIE410: Canada and War
  • HIE416: The United States as an Emerging World Power 1750-1919
  • HIE418: The United States as a World Power, 1919 to the Present
  • HIE422: Naval History. The Age of Sail
  • HIE423: Naval History: The Age of Steam
  • HIF435: Façonner un continent : les guerres en Amérique du Nord (1754-1815)
  • HIF437: Le Québec et la guerre depuis 1867
  • HIE440: Public History
  • HIE448: The Rise of Modern Communism and Fascism
  • HIE449: History of intelligence since 1870
  • HIE451: War and the Environment
  • HIE453: War, Peace, and Civil Society in the 20th Century
  • HIE454: War, Peace and Diplomacy: Issues in the Foreign Policies of the Great Powers since 1815
  • HIE456: Issues in Women, War and Society
  • HIE461: Air Warfare in World Conflict, 1903-1945
  • HIE463: Air Warfare in Cold War and Small Wars, 1945-2010
  • HIF465 : Les grandes batailles classiques
  • HIE474: Military Technology: Men, Machines and War
  • HIE475: Technology, Society and Warfare
  • HIE476: Guerrilla and Revolutionary War
  • HIE477: An Introduction to the History of Terrorism
  • HIF479: La guerre d'Algérie
  • HIE481: The First World War in the Middle East
  • HIE482: War and the Emergence of Modern Japan
  • HIF492: Crimes et criminels de guerre: Droit pénal international
  • MAE234: Introduction to Cryptography
  • MAE236: Introduction to Game Theory
  • PHE280: Physics of Armaments
  • POE310: International Relations Theory
  • POE319: Terrorism: History and Strategy
  • POE320: Comparative Politics
  • POE324: International Organizations
  • POE410: International Conflict Management
  • POE412: Contemporary American Foreign and Defence Policy
  • POE413: Nuclear Weapons & International Relations
  • POE416: Canadian Foreign and Security Policy
  • POE425: Regional Comparative Politics
  • POE432: Civil Military Relations
  • POE435: Terrorism and Political Violence
  • POE437: Contemporary Regimes: States and Nations
  • POE453: Topics in International Relations
  • POE486: Air and Space Law
  • POE488: The Law of Armed Conflict
  • PSE332: Introduction to Interviewing and Counselling
  • PSE346: Persuasion and Influence
  • PSE370: Recruitment and Selection
  • PSE380: Psychology and Philosophy of Religious Conflicts
  • PSE454: Advanced Leadership
  • PSE462: Human Factors in Applied Military Science
  • SOE320: Sociology of the Armed Forces
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