International Security MA Degree Requirements

Core Courses

GOVT 540 – International Relations (3 credits)
PUBP 505 – Politics and Practice of International Security Policy (3 credits)
PUBP 506 – Ethics and the Use of Force (3 credits)
GOVT 745 – International Security (3 credits)
BIOD 760 – National Security Technology and Policy (3 credits)
PUBP 504 – Grand Strategy (3 credits)

Methods/Analytics Course:

POGO 511 –
Intro Data Analysis: Pol/Government (3 credits)

Elective Options for Students Pursuing a Focus Area

  • 15 credits (five courses) with at least one course from each of the following areas:

Area I: Managing Global Risks (at least 3 credits) – sample courses include:
PUBP 710 – The Geopolitics of Energy Security (3 credits)
BIOD 620 – Health and Security (3 credits)
PUBP 736 – International Migration and Public Policy (3 credits)
GOVT 734 – Democratization (3 credits)

Area II: National Security Policy and Processes (at least 3 credits) – sample courses include:
PUBP 743 – National Security Management and Policy (3 credits)
BIOD 706 – Science, Technology and National Security (3 credits)
PUBP 710 – Foreign Intelligence in a Free Society (3 credits)
PUAD 630 – Managing Homeland Security (3 credits)

Area III: Regional and Transnational Security Challenges (at least 3 credits) – sample courses include:
PUBP 710 – Corruption and Public Policy (3 credits)
BIOD 722 – Examining Terrorist Groups (3 credits)
PUBP 710 – Transnational Crime (3 credits)
BIOD 725 – Terrorism and WMD (3 credits)

Elective Options for Students Pursuing a Concentration (for students not selecting a focus)

  • 15 credits (five courses)

Pick one of the concentrations below - Select four courses of the 15 elective credits within the concentration

Intelligence
BIOD 610: Advanced Topics in Global Health Security
BIOD 705: Intelligence Theory and Practice
BIOD 722: Examining Terrorist Groups
BIOD 725: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
BIOD 760: National Security Technology and Policy
BIOD 751: Biosurveillance
PUAD 727: Seminar in Risk Assessment and Decision Making
PUBP 570: Policy Writing Fundamentals
PUBP 653: Interagency Operations in Conflict & Post Conflict Settings
PUBP 754: Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for Public Policy
PUBP 777: Critical Infrastructure Protection
PUBP 710/POGO 550/POGO 750: Special Topics in Public Policy

Examples of approved courses:

  • Ethics, the Constitution, and National Security
  • Foreign Intelligence in a Free Society
  • Intelligence and Public Policy
  • Intelligence and the Constitution
  • Security and Intelligence Issues
  • Espionage in Popular Culture & Literature
  • National Security Policymaking: Theory v. Practice
  • Information & Intelligence in Support of Smart Power

Peace Operations
GOVT 734: Democratization
GOVT 742: International Negotiation
PUBP 650: International Conflict and Crisis Response
PUBP 651: Peace and Stabilization Operations
PUBP 652: Strategies for Peace and Stabilization Operations
PUBP 655: State- and Institution-Building
PUBP 751: International Police Operations
PUBP 710/POGO 550/POGO 750: Special Topics in Public Policy

Examples of approved courses:

  • Democratic Transitions and Democracy Promotion
  • Development and Peace Operations
  • Dictatorship, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Immigration Policy and Politics
  • Intl. Migration, Global Governance & the Knowledge Economy
  • Negotiation and Peacemaking

Transnational Challenges
BIOD 610: Advanced Topics in Global Health Security
BIOD 706: Nuclear, Biological, and Chem. Weapons Policy
BIOD 709: Arms Control and Proliferation
BIOD 722: Examining Terrorist Groups
BIOD 725: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
BIOD 726: Agroterrorism and Food Security
GOVT 632: Politics/Societies of the Middle East
GOVT 641: Global Governance
GOVT 731: Advanced Seminar in Comp. Politics – topics vary

Examples of approved 731 courses:

  • Politics in Syria

GOVT 733: Islam and Politics
GOVT 741: Advanced Seminar in International Politics
GOVT 743: International Political Economy
PUBP 751: International Police Operations
PUAD 504: Managing in the Intl. Arena: Theory and Practice
PUBP 758: Global Threat/Medical Policies
PUBP 763: Illicit Trade
PUBP 764: Transnational Crime and Corruption
PUBP 765: Human Smuggling and Trafficking
PUBP 769: Political Violence and Terrorism
PUBP 710/POGO 550/POGO 750: Special Topics in Public Policy

Examples of approved courses:

  • Democratic Transitions and Democracy Promotion
  • The Geopolitics of Energy Security
  • Climate Change Policy and Governance
  • MidEast: Sec Chlngs & US Respn
  • Transnational Security Issues