International Security (Minor)

International Security (Minor)
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What is the International Security Minor?

International security focuses on war, conflict, the foreign policies of states, as well as new threats to human security, such as those posed by climate change and pandemics. The international security minor will provide students with the opportunity to explore the many dimensions of international security through course work in political science, history, and other closely related disciplines. You will study critical issues impacting global peace and stability including terrorism, ethnic conflict, nuclear weapons, drug-related violence, human security, technology and war, and much more.

Why study international security at UNH?

Faculty at UNH have expertise in international security and foreign policy; violence in Latin America; gender and the military; war and infrastructure in the Middle East; ethnic conflict in South Asia; the United Nations system; energy and environmental history; and the rise of China. Students who elect this minor can highlight their focus on international security to potential employers and graduate schools.

Potential Career Areas

  • Foreign Policy Analyst
  • International consulting firms
  • USAID, International Rescue Committee or other aid organizations
  • Government agencies (E.g. CIA, DoD, State Dept)
  • Researcher (think tanks)
  • Risk analysis
  • Journalism

Assistant Professor & Program Director International Affairs
Phone: (603) 862-3356
Office: UNH Political Science, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The international security minor will provide students with the opportunity to explore the many dimensions of international security through course work in political science, history, and other closely related disciplines. Students will work with and learn from faculty conducting novel research on topics such as: the arms trade, ethnic conflict, drug-related violence, human security, and conflicts in regions throughout the war.

Students who successfully complete this major will be well-versed in contemporary international security issues and will learn critical thinking and analysis skills applicable to a wide range of careers. Leaders at all levels count on staff with analytical skills who can communicate effectively with policy-makers. Career paths open to our graduates include: the foreign service, intelligence agencies, international organizations, the UN, journalism, think tank research, law, risk analysis, and business.

For more information, contact Professor Madhavi Devasher, 603-862-8020.

  1. Five courses (20 credits)
  2. Students must receive a grade of C or better for a course to count toward the minor requirements.
  3. No more than 8 credits may double count between majors and minors. Thus, political science majors pursuing the security studies minor can only double count up to two of the three required political science courses below. The third required course must be taken in addition to courses taken to fulfill major requirements.
Required Courses
Select one core POLT course of the following:4
POLT 560
World Politics
POLT 562
Strategy and National Security Policy
POLT 568
International Security
Select four elective courses from the following:16
POLT 403
United States in World Affairs
POLT 513
Civil Rights and Liberties
POLT #545
People and Politics in Asia
POLT 546
Wealth and Politics in Asia
POLT 548
Drug Wars
POLT 551
Ethnicity ,Violence, Democracy
POLT 554
Revolution and Protest in Latin America
POLT 556
Politics in China
POLT 559
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
POLT 560
World Politics 1
POLT 562
Strategy and National Security Policy 1
POLT #563
The Global Information Grid's Disruptive Impact on Government, Politics, and Society
POLT 565
United States Policy in Latin America
POLT 566
Asian Challenge to Global Order
POLT 568
International Security 1
POLT 569
The Rise of China
POLT #570
Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
POLT 592
Selected Topics in International Politics
POLT 595
Smart Politics
POLT 740
States and Societies in the Middle East
POLT 742
Politics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
POLT 751
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
POLT 760
Theories of International Relations
POLT 762
International Political Economy
POLT #765
Security Intelligence Study
POLT 778
International Organization
Seminar in Comparative Politics
Seminar in International Politics
CMN 456
Propaganda and Persuasion
CS 408
Living in a Networked World: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
GEOG 670
Climate and Society
HIST 537
Espionage and History
HIST 619
Foreign Relations of the United States
HIST 620
Foreign Relations of the United States
HUMA 525
Humanities and the Law
IA 501
Global Issues in International Affairs
JUST 405
Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime
SOC 450
Contemporary Social Problems
SOC #656
SOC 693
Global Social Change
Total Credits20

If not counted for core requirement. 

Once students have declared the minor, they are required to meet with the coordinator or appropriate affiliated faculty adviser at least once per semester for regular review and assessment of their program, learning outcomes, and progress toward the degree.

Other courses, including transfer credits may be approved by the coordinator to count toward the minor. If the transfer credit is accepted by the University and fits within the scope of the minor, it will be considered.

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