Not open to students who select this as a concentration in the MA - Military Studies or the MA - Military History.

The graduate certificate in the American Revolution weighs the political, economic, and military factors that brought the British Empire to conflict against its former colony. From the British Stamp Act, to the Boston Tea Party, to American outcries against taxation without representation, this online program provides a deep understanding of the Revolutionary War and its enduring impact upon U.S. society and history.
Many university faculty members teaching our courses are published historians or military leaders who bring unique perspectives and relevant research into the classroom. You’ll also connect and interact online with other students in your courses who share your enthusiasm for history.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Dissect and critique the American Revolution from its antecedents to its legacy to include events leading to the revolt, Declaration of Independence, strategy and tactics, campaigns, and the aftermath of war on the new nation.
  • Analyze the American Revolution in reference to the operational contributions of American and British military leadership using selected land battles as examples of the strategies and tactics involved.
  • Evaluate an early and pivotal campaign in the American Revolution by critiquing the strategy, tactics, and results of campaign on the subsequent course of the Revolution and post-war Anglo-American relations.
  • Explain the perspective of the American Revolution from the British viewpoint in relation to colonial policies, diplomacy, military leadership, and other influences in Great Britain during and after the war.
  • Assess and critique the conclusive military strategy of the American Revolution and why the strategy was distinctive from other military theatres of operation.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

HIST551The American Revolution in Context3
MILH510Studies in U.S Military History3
MILH531Strategy, Tactics & Leadership of the American Revolution3
MILH532British Perspective of the American Revolution3
MILH536The American Revolution3
MILH637The Seven Years War3
Total Semester Hours18