Security Studies Minor
The Security Studies Minor will provide students with the opportunity to explore the many dimensions of security through the interdisciplinary study of political science, anthropology, communication, geography, history, humanities, justice studies, sociology, women's studies, economics, and aerospace studies. This well-rounded curriculum will enable students to build upon their interest in political science by specializing in an area of increasing importance—domestic and global security.
The field of security studies has always been important within the discipline of political science, but the concept of security has broadened and become more problematized in recent years. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 federal, state, and local governments created thousands of jobs that require knowledge of security issues and the ability to conduct research. Leaders at all levels count on staff with analytical skills to design and conduct research to support decision-making, and communicate the results of this research effectively to policy-makers. Individuals who understand the national security environment and have the ability to design and conduct research are in critical demand in the public sector, private sector, and not-for-profit entities.
Five courses (20 credits)
Students must receive a grade of C or better for a course to count toward the minor requirements.
Please note: No more than 8 credits may doublecount between majors and minors. Thus, political science majors pursuing the security studies minor can only doublecount 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.
|one core POLT course||Choose from:
POLT 560: World Politics
POLT 562: Strategy and National Security Policy
POLT 568: Introduction to Intelligence
|two intermediate POLT courses||
*If not counted for core requirement.
|two electives from other disciplines||
At least one of these electives must be in a humanities department or program.
Electives Within Humanities Departments and Programs
Electives Outside Humanities Departments and Programs
Other POLT courses can be approved by the core faculty upon request.
Once students have declared the minor, they are required to meet with the coordinator or appropriate affiliated faculty advisor at least once per semester for regular review and assessment of their program, learning outcomes, and progress towards the degree.
Transfer credits may be approved by the Coordinator to count towards the minor. If the transfer credit is accepted by the university and fits within the scope of the minor, it will be considered.