Global Security, Minor

Program Code: GLBSC_UMNR

Program Description

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 non-state actors, as well as the legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to security.

What is Global Security?

Global Security minor is designed to help students explore the global, international, national, and human dimensions of security, conflict, and conflict resolution in contemporary international relations using the analytic tools provided in different social science disciplines. 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.

You Might Like This Program If...

You like the challenges and problems faced when dealing with threats to security and the strengths and weaknesses of various methods of analyzing and responding to challenges to security. Those threats could include technology, policies and regulations. This minor is jointly offered with the College of Information Sciences and Technology, allowing students to get introduced to Security Risk Analysis courses through IST as well as Liberal Arts.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18-30

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PLSC 7NContemporary Political Ideologies Keystone/General Education Course3
SRA 111Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis Keystone/General Education Course3
SRA 211Threat of Terrorism and Crime3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Strategy and Politics
PLSC 415
International Relations Theory
War in World Politics
National Security Policies
The Politics of Terrorism
American Foreign Policy
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Demonstrate 12th-credit-level proficiency in one foreign language by coursework or examination0-12
Select 3 credits of the following:3
COMM 490
International Telecommunications
Internet Law and Policy
Geography of the Global Economy
Geospatial Information Management
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Recent European History
History of the Soviet Union
History of U.S. Foreign Relations
Latin America and the United States
The Contemporary Middle East
The Making and Emergence of Modern India
History of Imperialism and Nationalism in Africa
China in Revolution
Select 3 credits of appropriate internship work in consultation with adviser

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Career Paths

Graduates who can understand the cognitive, social, economic and policy issues involved in global security and risk management as well as the basics of information technology and analytics that are included in the security/risk arena will be successful.

Careers

  • Business analyst
  • Legal assistant
  • Policy and research analyst
  • FBI agent
  • CIA
  • Global human resources
  • Higher education
  • Intelligence officer
  • United Nations officer
  • Government and national security jobs

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
202 Pond Lab
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-4597
https://polisci.la.psu.edu/undergraduate/advising

https://polisci.la.psu.edu/