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Center for Military History

The Center for Military History (CMH) brings together scholars, students, and community members to support advanced research, teaching, and public engagement in Military History. Our goal is to establish SDSU as a nationally recognized center for the study and teaching of military history.

This aspiration is rooted in our history and the traditions of the region we serve. San Diego County is one of the largest active-duty military and veteran centers in the world, with more than one-hundred thousand active-duty personnel and almost a quarter-million veterans. It is home to storied institutions such as Naval Base Coronado, Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Coast Guard Station San Diego, MCAS Miramar, and the USS Midway Museum. San Diego State University reflects this strength, with over 3,000 military affiliated students and national ranking among the nation’s best colleges for veterans.

Based in the Department of History, the Center will grow existing department strengths and provide a platform for future research, teaching, and public engagement in the areas of Military, Naval, and Maritime History; the histories of war, statecraft, and national security policy; military technology; war and society; organized violence; post-war reconciliation; the lives of combatants, veterans, and survivors; and public memory.

Military History has a distinguished place in the field of history, and it supports interdisciplinary collaboration with many fields, including Political Science, International Affairs, Sociology, Military Science, and Public Administration. Study of the causes, conduct, and costs of war underlies critical public policymaking and informed citizenship.


Links and Resources

SDSU’s Center for Military History is proud to partner with the following organizations at SDSU and in the community:

A campus resource for the support of military, military veterans, military spouses, and dependent children in the areas of higher education in outreach/admission, GI Bill benefits, academic success, graduation, and a career.

The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century.  Their mission is to preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who serve; inspire and educate future generations; and entertain our museum guests.

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Ways to Give

SDSU’s Center for Military History has numerous ways for interested alumni, community members and other stakeholders to help expand academic opportunities related to military history. Priorities include support for student scholarships and fellowships, lectures and events that feature military history experts, faculty research and development, and other programming.

Please contact Keely Bamberg, Sr. Director of Development, at [email protected] or (619) 594-1562 for more information.