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Giving Voice to Veterans at UC Irvine

UCI’s Veterans Studies Certificate — launched in 2019 and available to all students — was the first to be offered in California and is one of only four such university-level programs in the U.S.

Despite numbering more than 18 million and representing 7 percent of the nation’s population, U.S. veterans continue to be an underrepresented and understudied group in academia, says Bill Maurer, UC Irvine dean of social sciences. By creating the certificate program, he and director Anita Casavantes Bradford, professor of Chicano/Latino studies and history, are working to change that narrative.

The program’s three courses, which can be taken individually or as a series, are open to both veteran and nonveteran students. Fulfilling UC Irvine general education requirements, they’re designed for anyone seeking to develop a deeper understanding of veterans’ issues and experiences, as well as those aspiring to careers working with this unique community. All classes are instructed by veteran or military-connected faculty.

Continue reading about UC Irvine’s Veterans Studies Certificate Program in this November 6 article.

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