Dr. Brad Lookingbill
Veteran of the Army National Guard
Chair of the History and Political Science Department
Columbia College

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Master's of Art in Military Studies
Offered Exclusively Online

Whether you're looking to obtain a new position or enhance your current career, this program will emphasize the study of military affairs, not just from the traditional perspectives of history, political science, and philosophy, but also using contemporary interdisciplinary insights. You’ll pursue extended studies on military leadership and biography, military organizations and civilian relations, peacekeeping, geopolitics, historiography, and applicable methodologies of the liberal arts.

Course Highlights:

     Great Leaders in U.S. Military History

     Just War Philosophy

     National Defense Policy


"The Master of Arts in Military Studies could benefit you if you are trying to bridge inter agency operability/preparation. This degree will help create a common vocabulary and appreciation for other agencies."

 Instructor for MAMS 501 - Introduction to  Military Studies:

Bill Carney is the Director of Academic Programs and adjunct history instructor for Columbia College Online. He is a retired First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major for the Missouri National Guard. Mr. Carney has extensive supervision, training, and instruction experience of both service members and civilians. Mr. Carney is currently ABD in Education from Capella University, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and MA in History Education from Truman State University.
 Instructor for MAMS 502 - Great Leaders in  U.S. Military History:

John Glover is the Command Historian for the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and adjunct history instructor for Columbia College Online. Dr. Glover's extensive military service started in 1972 as an Infantry Officer for the Parachute Infantry Regiment. Dr. Glover continued his military career by dedicating much of his time to studying how the lessons of history inform policy and procedures of our rapidly changing armed services. Dr. Glover holds a PhD in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona. He also holds a MA in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University.
 Instructor for MAMS 503 - Just War  Philosophy:

Mark Price is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Department for Columbia College. He received his doctorate in 2001 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, focusing on the ethics of decision-making in life and death issues. Besides bioethics, he also has expertise in political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and environmental ethics. He participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar in "Ethics at the End of Life" in 2003 and has served as president of the Midwest Ethics Society.
 Instructor for MAMS 504 - National Defense  Policy:

Darlene Iskra is an adjunct sociology instructor for Columbia College Online. She has authored two books entitled, Women in the U.S. Armed Forces: A Guide to the Issues and Breaking Through the Brass Ceiling: Elite Military Women's Strategies for Success. Dr. Iskra holds a PhD and a MA in Sociology from the University of Maryland. She also has a MA in National Security and Strategic Affairs from the Naval War College. She was the first woman in the Navy to command a commissioned ship. Dr. Iskra retired from the Navy in 2000.
 Instructor for MAMS 561 - Strategies of the  Cold War:

Gary Oedewaldt an Associate Dean for Columbia College's Division of Adult Higher Education. He joined Columbia College in 1994 as an adjunct instructor at the Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri campus. He served as an Academic Advisor and then as the Assistant Director at Ft. Leonard Wood from October 1995 until moving the main campus in 1998. Before coming to Columbia College, Mr. Oedewaldt served in the U.S. Army for 25 years as a Field Artillery Officer and Public Affairs Officer. He served in Washington D.C., West Germany, West Berlin, Vietnam, and other assignments in the United States. He retired from the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood in 1992. He earned his MA in Management from Central Michigan University and in History from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
 Additional Instructor:

Dr. Brad D. Lookingbill is a professor of history at Columbia College. Previous to his academic career, he served in the Army National Guard and Reserve. He was recognized as an Honor Graduate of his Army basic training unit and later graduated with honors from the Primary Leadership Development Course for non-commissioned officers. He received the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002, and in 2010, he was awarded the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Historical Association. Dr. Lookingbill is the author of three books, including "American Military History: A Documentary Reader" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

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