International Security Minor

The international security minor will provide students with the opportunity to explore the many dimensions of international security through course work in political science, history, and other closely related disciplines. Students will work with and learn from faculty conducting novel research on topics such as: the arms trade, ethnic conflict, drug-related violence, human security, and conflicts in regions throughout the war.

Students who successfully complete this major will be well-versed in contemporary international security issues and will learn critical thinking and analysis skills applicable to a wide range of careers. Leaders at all levels count on staff with analytical skills who can communicate effectively with policy-makers. Career paths open to our graduates include: the foreign service, intelligence agencies, international organizations, the UN, journalism, think tank research, law, risk analysis, and business.

For more information, contact Professor Madhavi Devasher, 603-862-8020.

  1. Five courses (20 credits)
  2. Students must receive a grade of C or better for a course to count toward the minor requirements.
  3. No more than 8 credits may double count between majors and minors. Thus, political science majors pursuing the security studies minor can only double count up to two of the three required political science courses below. The third required course must be taken in addition to courses taken to fulfill major requirements.
Required Courses
Select one core POLT course of the following:4
World Politics
Strategy and National Security Policy
International Security
Select four elective courses from the following:16
United States in World Affairs
Civil Rights and Liberties
People and Politics in Asia
Wealth and Politics in Asia
Drug Wars
Ethnicity ,Violence, Democracy
Revolution and Protest in Latin America
Politics in China
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
World Politics 1
Strategy and National Security Policy 1
The Global Information Grid's Disruptive Impact on Government, Politics, and Society
United States Policy in Latin America
Asian Challenge to Global Order
International Security 1
The Rise of China
Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
Selected Topics in International Politics
Smart Politics
States and Societies in the Middle East
Politics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
Theories of International Relations
International Political Economy
Security Intelligence Study
International Organization
Seminar in Comparative Politics
Seminar in International Politics
Propaganda and Persuasion
Living in a Networked World: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Climate and Society
Espionage and History
Foreign Relations of the United States
Foreign Relations of the United States
Humanities and the Law
Global Issues in International Affairs
Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime
Contemporary Social Problems
Global Social Change
Total Credits20

If not counted for core requirement. 

Once students have declared the minor, they are required to meet with the coordinator or appropriate affiliated faculty adviser at least once per semester for regular review and assessment of their program, learning outcomes, and progress toward the degree.

Other courses, including transfer credits may be approved by the coordinator to count toward the minor. If the transfer credit is accepted by the University and fits within the scope of the minor, it will be considered.