Security and Conflict Studies Minor

Department of Political Science and International Affairs

The minor in Security and Conflict Studies is designed to provide students with a foundation in the contemporary study of security and conflict in the world today. Students will learn and apply analytical frameworks that facilitate the selection of optimal policies for solving security and conflict problems. Students will also be exposed to and utilize frameworks that aide in the comprehension of unfolding events in security and conflict. Finally, students will learn about specific issues in security and conflict. Coursework covers topics encompassing the historical (e.g., the origins of World War II) to the contemporary (cyber warfare) and the conventional (threats to territorial integrity) to the cutting edge (disease as a security issue). Students completing the minor will be well equipped for graduate level inquiry and/or relevant careers in government or the private sector.

Requirements for the Minor in Security and Conflict Studies

Eighteen (18) credits as follows: 1) PSCI 387. 2) Twelve (12) credits selected from the following group of courses (with at least one course from each discipline): HIST 356, 371, 372, 375, 377, 385, 390, 420, 421 PSCI 321, 324, 354, 355, 356, 357, 360, 367. Other courses (e.g., “special topics” courses) in security and conflict studies may count as electives with the approval of the Minor Program Director. A relevant three-credit internship may count as an elective with the approval of the Minor Program Director. 3) HIST 485, INAF 491,or PSCI 491: three (3) credit senior thesis on an aspect of security and conflict studies directed by a member of the core faculty. Thesis topic must be approved by the Minor Program Director.

History Course Offerings for the Security and Conflict Studies Minor

History course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of HIST in the course listings.

356 – History of Germany (3) From the early 19th century to the present, with emphasis on the era of Bismarck, World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and the Cold War.

371, 372 – European Diplomatic History (3, 3) First semester, development of the modern state system from the Thirty Years War to the middle of the 19th century; second semester, from the unification of Germany through the two World Wars to the Cold War.

375 – Military History (3) The art of war and its impact on society from the 17th century to the present; analysis of military developments in terms of organization, technology, and strategy.

377 – The Second World War, 1939-1945 (3) In-depth study of the origins, conduct, and consequences of the war with emphasis on its political, diplomatic, economic, and military aspects.

385 – The Arab-Israeli Conflict (3) Survey of the “Arab-Israeli Conflict” from the mid-19th century to the present.

390 – The United States and Vietnam (3) Political, diplomatic, military, economic, and cultural study of Vietnam and of the United States’ role in Indochina.

420 – The Great War, 1914-1918 (3) Prerequisites: HIST 298 or 299 and junior or senior status. The war’s origins, its political and military leadership, the various land and sea campaigns, war poetry, the war’s cultural legacy, the role of women, and peacemaking.

Political Science Course Offerings for the Security and Conflict Studies Minor

Political Science course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of PSCI in the course listings.

321 – Theories of International Relations (3)

Analysis of major theories of international relations. Topics include war, peace, international security, political economy, and global institutions such as the United Nations system.

324 – U.S. – Latin American Relations (3)

Study of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America, including its major historical developments and contemporary challenges.

354 – Politics of South Asia (3)

Study of political life in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

355 – Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (3)

Study of politics in Iran, Israel, Turkey, and the Arab World. Featured topics may include Islam and politics, nationalism and the impact of Westernization, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and politics in the Persian Gulf.

356 – American Foreign Policy (3)

Problems facing the United States in its search for national security and international stability.

357 – Russian Foreign Policy (3)

Analysis of the foreign policy of post-communist Russia.

360 – Theory and Practice of Revolution (3)

Comparative analysis of theories of revolution and case studies of selected revolutions.

387 – Security and Conflict Studies (3)

Analysis of contemporary security and conflict challenges (e.g., proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction) with an emphasis on frameworks for choosing best policies to address these challenges.