B.A. Political Science - International Security


Our new concentration in International Security is for those students interested in the growing field of security. As the US and other countries face the threat of terrorism and instability, our degree provides a focus on causes, consequences, and policy related to security issues. As a rigorous program with intensive writing and analysis, it is intended to prepare students for advanced graduate work, government service (CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, United Nations, etc.), and the many private sector organizations that analyze and respond to threats to security.

Requirements for a B.A. in Political Science (International Security concentration)

There are a total of 37 credits needed for a B.A. in Political Science (International Security concentration)

The following courses are required of all PSC majors (16 credits):

  • PHL 2205 Law, Morality and Authority
  • PSC 2201 Introduction to American Government 
  • PSC 2210 Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC 2212 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSC 3308 Social Science Research Methods
  • PSC 4444 Political Science Seminar (1 credit)

The following courses are required for the International Security concentration: 

  • PSC 2245 Terrorism
  • PSC 3340 Intelligence Studies
  • PSC 3350 Human Rights and International Activism
  • PSC 3351 International Law
  • PSC 4415 US Foreign Policy

Choose any two of the following International Security Electives (6 credits):

  • CJA 3262 Criminal Interviewing and Interrogation
  • HST 3395 The Cold War
  • PSC 2204 State and Local Politics
  • PSC 3328 Globalization
  • PSC 3365 Politics in Developing Countries
  • PSC 4402 US Presidency
  • PSC 4412 Topics in Global Politics (Middle East topic)
  • PSC 4430 Global Democratization
Students are required to select a minor (in consultation with their adviser), unless a student completes the second year of a foreign language.