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Security Studies Curriculum


Seven courses are required to complete the security studies certificate. At least three of the courses must be courses that do not count toward the student’s major.

Two Core Courses
INST 170/POSC 170: International Relations
INST 281/POSC 281: American National Security Policy

Four Elective Courses
Electives taken should come from a minimum of two departments and should be selected in consultation with one’s security studies advisor. Students may choose among a range of courses focusing on the following issues:

  • National security
  • Transnational security
  • Conflict resolution & security promotion
  • Human rights and human security

A Senior Capstone Seminar
A senior seminar in international studies or an approved seminar in another department is required.