Requirements for NSST Minor


Undergraduate National Security Studies Minor (21 Hours)

Four principles train students to systematically and coherently analyze national security issues, develop writing and critical thinking skills, negotiate multiple and competing interests, and develop in-depth knowledge and application in substantive international policy issue(s). Certain special topics courses not listed below that have a significant national security component may also be eligible for inclusion in a students minor program plan. Approval of chief adviser is required to include courses not listed below.

1. CORE Courses (3 credits)

Cover the theories, processes, models, and methods of national security studies and security policy analysis. Choose from:

POLS 160 International Relations

NSST 175 Introduction to National Security

2. Writing and Analysis Courses (6 credits)

Develop writing and critical thinking/analysis skills that are relevant to the national security establishment. Choose two of the following one course from Writing and one course from Critical Thinking/Analysis for a total of 6 hours.

Writing (3 credits) Choose from:

NSST 375 Writing & Briefing for the National Security Enterprise

ENGL 151 Writing: Rhetoric as Argument

JOUR 102 The Art of Writing

Critical Thinking/Analysis (3 credits) Choose from:

NSST 376 Analysis for the National Security Establishment

COMM 312 Argumentation

PSYC 350 Research Methods & Data Analysis

SOCI 205 Introduction to Social Research I

SOCI 206 Introduction to Social Research II

3. Topics in Security (9 credits)

Students will develop a plan of study in consultation with the national security studies minor coordinator. Courses will be selected from the list below. (3 hours of 300 level and above and an additional 3 hours of 400 level and above credit required). Choose from:

ANTH 353 Anthropology of War

GEOG 217 Mapping Science in the 21st Century

GEOG 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences

GEOG 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing

GEOG 420 Digital Image Analysis of Remote Sensing Data

GEOG 444 Geo-demographic & GIS

HIST 304 U.S. Military History since 1917

HIST 326 Algeria & France

HIST 368 History of Terrorism in the Modern World

HIST 425 History of Radical Islam

POLS 261 Conflict & Conflict Resolution

POLS 263 Causes of War & Peace

POLS 362 Globalization, Human Rights, & Diversity

POLS 363 U.S.A. Foreign Policy

POLS 375 Conflict & Development in Africa

POLS 398 Transnational Criminal Network

POLS 470 International Human Rights

POLS 472 State Terror

POLS 476 Ethnic Conflict & Identity

POLS 463 American Foreign Policy & the Use of the Military

POLS 462 Security in the Post-Cold War Era

POLS 479 Insurgency, Guerilla Warfare, & Terrorism

PSYC 498 Psychology of Terrorism

RELG 318 Islam in the Modern World

RELG 418 Fundamentalism, Religion & Politics

4. Capstone Course (3 credits)

Students will take a one-semester national securities capstone course.

NSST 475 Threats & Solutions to National Security in the 21st Century

Students must meet with the NSST coordinator to set up a plan of study. For more information or to enroll in the minor program, contact Tyler R. White, Department of Political Science, 514 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-9443. Email: