Security Studies Major (SST)

Security Studies is an interdisciplinary major and minor designed to give students a foundation in national and international security issues in the framework of a liberal arts education. Due to the broad spectrum of security issues, from weapons of mass destruction to cyber-warfare, environmental degradation, human security and terrorism, students are provided with some flexibility in selecting a course of study that reflects their area of interest. At the same time, all students are expected to gain fundamental knowledge in a core area of study. The major and minor provide students with several future opportunities, including graduate study, as well as government, industry, or research careers.

Students who successfully complete the major will be able to:

  • describe issues central to security studies;
  • apply understanding of historical and socioeconomic contexts to security studies;
  • communicate effectively in writing;
  • communicate effectively orally;
  • apply methods from related disciplines to security studies;
  • analyze problems central to security studies critically.
Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program Contact: Professor Melissa Scheier
No minor required.
Students majoring in Security Studies must choose one track.
Core Courses27 hours
Tracks12-14 hours
Biology Track
Chemistry Track
Physics Track
Elective Courses15 hours
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Allied Courses
Total54-59

Tracks

Select courses from one of the following tracks:

Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
12-14

Biology Track

Item #
Title
Credit Hour(s)
Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
12

Chemistry Track

Item #
Title
Credit Hour(s)
Chemistry Selection  +
4 - 6
Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
11-13

Physics Track

Item #
Title
Credit Hour(s)
300/400 Level Physics Course  +
3
Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
14

Elective Courses

Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
15

Allied Courses

Majors must demonstrate competence in an appropriate world language, approved by the program coordinator, by completing the second half of an intermediate language course (Intermediate II or a more advanced course) or by taking a qualifying examination. Completion of a third year of language is strongly recommended.

Notes: Topics courses, transfer courses, or other courses meeting the specifications of the major or minor may be substituted at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Total credits:
54-59