What is International Security Studies?

International Security Studies is a hybrid concentration of subjects intended to prepare the student to seek a position in the domestic or international security architecture of the modern world, whether it is in a civil or professional capacity, or in a commercial career, like risk consulting.

In this discipline students will study the origins and termination of war, 4th and 5th Generation conflict, Hybrid Warfare, ethnic conflict, Human Security, the nature and function of intelligence as well has historical drivers for conflict. Duquesne ISS students will study the ethical, moral, religious and legal limitations imposed on conflict in the modern era, as well as a raft of case studies illustrating efforts at managing conflict.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate and explain comprehensive knowledge of the international system, and the role of security within it.
  2. Identify and describe all of the major collective security arrangements in the international system relating to global security.
  3. Demonstrate specialized knowledge of the political and economic influences that drive security policy formulation and execution.
  4. Comprehensively identify, describe and analyze the social, economic, and human costs of security.
  5. Identify, describe and apply a comprehensive knowledge of the decision processes involved in security policy formulations.
  6. Identify and explain the regional, ethnic and constructivist drivers that underpin security interests.
  7. Demonstrate their knowledge of the ethical, moral, and religious constructs that govern security.
  8. Successful students should be able to explain what the State can do to secure itself, its people and its interests in the modern world while being faithful to its cherished ethical and moral values.

Presence within the Mission of the University

The role of security is paramount to the State. Vast sums are dedicated to this purpose, and the choices made in security policies affect the destinies of generations. A university engaged in Catholic liberal arts education should be able to speak with a certain voice in this arena. The Roman Catholic Church has spoken on this topic for centuries; the American Catholic Church has been a major contributor to this dialogue since the 1920s and produced some of the leading scholarship on the role of force since then. As an international university sponsored by an international congregation we seek to educate informed, critical thinkers on this topic who will be able to project core values into this forum. As St. Augustine wrote: "The purpose of all wars, is peace."