This undergraduate certificate will enable students to develop a better understanding of veterans and their experiences by exploring the political, social, emotional, and historical aspects of military service and its implications for veterans and society. The intent is to provide students with a foundational knowledge that will enable them to better serve or relate to veterans in our communities.
The need for employees educated in veterans’ experiences and challenges is growing. In July 2019, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had more than 4,500 job listings nationwide, 95 of which were in Utah. On the Utah Department of Workforce Services website, more than 700 health support and more than 500 social services job postings were listed in July 2019. Although all were not veteran-specific, many do include serving veterans as part of the job duties. Students in health sciences, business, education, social sciences, and political sciences can all benefit from the additional skills this certificate provides.