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Major Requirements

Courses for the International Security Studies major are drawn principally from the History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Political Science, and International Relations programs.  Students majoring in ISS will complete 37 credits comprised of the following:

REQUIRED COURSES.  TEN (10) CREDIT HOURS AS FOLLOWS:

  • IR 102 - Careers in International Relations (1)
  • IR 210/POSC 210 - Introduction to International Security Studies (3)
  • IR 295/POSC 295 - War & Peace in the Nuclear Age (3)
  • IR 498 - Global Security Problems (3)

SECURITY ELECTIVES.  NINE (9) CREDIT HOURS FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

  • IR 296 - Intelligence Operations (3)
  • IR 300 - Intelligence, Covert Action, and Counter-Insurgency (3)
  • IR 360/POSC 360 - Crisis Management in Complex Emergencies (3)
  • IR 406/POSC 405 - Homeland Security (3)
  • IR 407/POSC 407 - Terrorism (3)
  • IR 409W/POSC 419W - Ethnic Conflict: Politics & Policy (3)
  • IR 422W/POSC 422W - American Defense Policy (3)
  • IR 423W/POSC429W - Comparative Intelligence Agencies (3)
  • IR 437 - Intelligence Research (3)

AREA STUDIES ELECTIVES.  THREE (3) CREDIT HOURS FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

  • IR 202/POSC 205 - Politics of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Asia (3)
  • IR 222/POSC 222 - Intelligence and Foreign Policy (3)
  • IR 253/HIST 254 - History of the Modern Middle East (3)
  • IR 293/HIST 293 - History of Modern China (3)
  • IR 294/HIST 294 - China Today (3)
  • IR 319/POSC 321 - Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe (3)
  • IR 326/POSC 315 - German Foreign Policy (3)
  • IR 328W/MLSP 329W - Revolt and Change: Protest in Spanish American Literature (3)
  • IR 376/HIST 376 - Revolution: Modern Latin America (3)
  • IR 378/HIST 378 - Modern Africa: Independence and Issues (3)
  • IR 379/HIST 379 - East Asia and the US (3)
  • IR 483W/HIST 483W - Mexico and the US (3)
  • IR 485W/HIST 485W - China in Revolution (3)
  • IR 488W/HIST 488W - China and the West (3)

DIPLOMACY ELECTIVES.  THREE (3) CREDIT HOURS FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

  • IR 101/POSC 101 - Catholic Thought, the State and Security in the Modern World (3)
  • IR 110/POSC 110 - Current Problems in International Politics (3)
  • IR 120/POSC 120 - International Political Economy (3)
  • IR 201/POSC 201 - Human Security in Sub-Saharan Africa (3)
  • IR 301 - Intelligence Ethics (3)
  • IR 303/POSC 303 - Politics of Immigration (3)
  • IR 342 - Global Economic Perspectives (3)
  • IR 345/POSC 345 - Security Ethics (3)
  • IR 391 - Advanced International Political Economy (3)
  • IR 405 - Transnational Organized Crime (3)
  • IR 413W/POSC 413W - Human Rights and Human Security: Politics, Policy and Law (3)

CYBERSECURITY ELECTIVES.  THREE (3) CREDIT HOURS  FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

  • IR 404 - Introduction to Information Security (3)
  • IR 432 - Network Situational Awareness (3)
  • IR 462 - Applied Threat Systems (3)
  • IR 464W - Cybersecurity Studies Capstone Project (3)

GENERAL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ELECTIVES (including modern foreign language studies):

Nine (9) credit hours from any IR prefixed courses in the catalogue not already taken, including those above.

ACADEMIC COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM:

Required Courses (4):                                 (10) Ten Hours
Security Electives (3):                                  (9) Nine Hours
Area Studies Elective (1):                            (3) Three Hours
Diplomacy Elective (1):                                (3) Three Hours
Cybersecurity Elective (1)                            (3) Three Hours
General IR Electives (3):                              (9) Nine Hours
Total:                                                           (37) Thirty-seven hours