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Global Security Minor

University Park, College of Information Sciences and Technology
University Park, College of the Liberal Arts

The Global Security Minor will be jointly offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the College of the Liberal Arts and overseen by the Department of Political Science. This joint minor is intended to provide students with a background of the theoretical frameworks and skill sets needed to understand the concepts essential to security and related analyses; the challenges and problems faced when dealing with threats to security (e.g., technology, policies, and regulations); and the strengths and weaknesses of various methods of analyzing and responding to challenges to security. The minor includes a grounding in social, historical, and cultural factors that underlie both conflict between states and conflicts between state and nonstate actors, as well as the legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to security.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


SRA 111 GS(3), SRA 211(3), PLSC 7 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)

Select 6 credits from PLSC 410(3), PLSC 415(3), PLSC 416(3), PLSC 418(3), PLSC 437(3), PLSC 438(3), PLSC 439(3), PLSC 442(3) (Sem: 4-8)

Select 0-13 credits: 12th-credit-level proficiency in one foreign language demonstrated by course work or examination.

Select 3 credits from COMM 490(3), COMM 491(3), COMM 492(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3), GEOG 428 US(3), GEOG 463(3), GEOG 464(3), HIST 420 IL(3), HIST 434 IL(3), HIST 452 US;IL(3), HIST 467 US;IL(3), HIST 473 IL(3), HIST 475 IL(3), HIST 479 IL(3), HIST 486 IL(3), or 3 credits of appropriate internship work in consultation with adviser (Sem: 4-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-459

Review Date: 4/10/07



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