Intelligence & Security Studies
Bachelor of Science Degree
Preparing future national security and intelligence professionals has never been more crucial or more challenging. This interdisciplinary degree goes beyond the academic study of political science, encompassing the fields of philosophy, psychology, science and technology, cybersecurity, and global affairs. You will develop international relations expertise and a specialty in a specific region of the globe, as you prepare for a career in intelligence and security, government, corporate or nonprofit enterprises.
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Courses in the major include:
This course introduces students to national security as a concept, strategy, goal, and challenge. It examines the dangers and threats that exist domestically and internationally and analyzes how the United States attempts to deal with those challenges using strategies that range from diplomacy to military force.
This course introduces students to intelligence and counterintelligence as concepts, processes, and careers. It elaborates on historical and contemporary approaches to I/CI. The process of intelligence collection, analysis, research dissemination, consumption, and feedback is examined. Students are exposed to the diverse Intelligence Community (IC) and the responsibilities of its various members.
This course introduces and engages elements of theoretical and ethical analysis to empirical topics and subject matter. Some of the issues covered will include war, weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian intervention, globalization, and spying. This course explores the deeper underlying philosophical issues within national security.
This course introduces the subfield of geostrategy. It examines how geography can inform, constrain and affect political, economic, and military planning. Topics covered include how a country's resources, position, and physical factors can change and determine its geopolitical objectives and how geography is sometimes inextricable from strategy.
This course promotes the understanding of tactical and strategic thought at the introductory level. The course explores how theory and strategy help form policy by identifying the implications and shifts in long-term strategic patterns and trends. Security culture, use of force, international law, grand strategy, and just and unjust war will be major aspects of course study.
This course gives students an in-depth understanding of how science and technology impacts national security and intelligence. It examines how important hard science and technology is in developing areas of national security and intelligence. This includes analyzing cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, the emerging relationship between the IC and IT, space reconnaissance, and high-tech espionage.
This course analyzes transnational crime and corruption issues within global politics. Focus is given to potential national and international responses to transnational threats. This course examines the increasing relevance of criminality and governmental corruption and how it becomes a major aspect of national security policy.
This course analyzes issues of leadership and statehood that run contrary to international norms and democratic standards. Students will investigate key case studies and examine how they offer challenges to the global community and international security. It acquaints students with problem areas and issues in world politics and gets them thinking of conflict-resolution strategies that are both short and long-term.
This course examines various fundamentalist movements around the globe and considers the revival of religious radicalism in the 21st century. Students evaluate how various 'fundamentalisms' impact domestic and global political processes. The process for morphing religious radicalism into political violence is examined. How various international factors can ameliorate/exacerbate extremism is examined.
International Relations Sub-specialization (choose 2):
- PS 404 Freedom's Curse: Problems in Democratization and Development
- PS 408 Rebellion, Insurgency and War
- PS 413 Power, Ideology, and Legitimacy
Comparative Politics Sub-specialization (choose 1):
- PS 407 Eurasian Political Culture and Security
- PS 415 Latin America Political Culture and Security
- PS 420 Middle East Political Culture and Security