Three core courses:
POSC 170: International Relations Theory
POSC 280: U.S. Foreign Policy since 1945
POSC 281: U.S. National Security Policy
Three elective courses:
These will focus on U.S. national security and strategy; concerns of another country or region (for example, a course that focused on EU security matters); or, transnational issues (for example, a course about the proliferation of nuclear weapons).
A Senior Seminar Capstone Course:
A senior seminar in International Studies, or an approved seminar in another department.
Suggested curricular flow through the major
Students interested in pursuing the Security Studies Certificate should try to enroll in POSC 170 (International Relations Theory) during the first year. In sophomore year, students should try to complete the other two core courses (POSC 280 and 281) and enroll in one of the three elective courses for the Certificate. During Junior and Senior years students would complete the remaining electives for the Certificate and also enroll in an approved senior seminar.
To date, most of the students who have pursued the Security Studies Certificate have come from Political Science or International Studies. But we actively encourage students from other departments and disciplines to investigate the Security Studies Certificate. Indeed, some of the most interesting combinations of interest and coursework may come from students who are pursuing majors in other social sciences (East Asian Studies, INBM, etc.) in the humanities (Religion, English, etc.) or in sciences (Biology, Physics, etc.).
Students interested in Security Studies Certificate should contact Professor Douglas Stuart (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Director of the Certificate program.