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Global Security Studies Minor

The University of Central Missouri’s Global Security Studies minor educates tomorrow’s top professionals to defend the public against threats at the national and global levels. We’ll prepare you for careers with the U.S. government and private-sector organizations that strive to prevent acts of racial and religious violence, terrorism, human trafficking, climate change and more.

Our Global Security Studies minor pairs well with many majors at UCM, including International Studies, Military Science, History, Criminal Justice and Political Science.

A flexible Global Security Studies minor

UCM students pursuing a minor in Global Security Studies enjoy the flexibility of on-campus, remote and hybrid learning. Many classes that satisfy the credits for this minor are available online, giving you the flexibility to complete coursework on your own time.

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Dr. Michael Makara
Associate Professor of Comparative Politics and International Relations
Wood 203
Tel: 660-543-8321

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Political Science and International Studies

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Study abroad opportunities

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Hands-on security threat simulations

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Internship assistance available

What you will study

UCM’s diverse course offerings for Global Security Studies minors ensure that you’ll understand the security issues and threats of the 21st century. You’ll develop critical thinking skills with a focus on the social sciences and humanities to develop the best defenses against a variety of public threats.

Our multidisciplinary Global Security Studies course offerings feature classes in fields including geography, computer science, political science, military science and more. Coupled with your major degree coursework, your training in Global Security Studies at UCM will be well-rounded and tailored to match your academic interests.

Choose from a wide range of electives from across UCM’s catalog, including:

  • Natural Disasters
  • History of the U.S. Army
  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Oil, Water and Security
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust


Unique learning opportunities in global security studies

The University of Central Missouri’s minor in Global Security Studies helps you grasp the political and social causes of security threats. You’ll take part in experiential learning opportunities and hands-on assignments to provide you with the latest skills and technological know-how:

  • Study abroad: Join students and UCM faculty for the Global Security Studies minor on our annual trip to Jordan and Israel. Challenge your perceptions of the region, exploring issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, refugees and forced migration as well as water insecurity, for learning opportunities not available in the classroom or online.
  • Simulations: Engage in carefully constructed learning simulations that offer in-depth insights into peace negotiations, combating terrorism, advising governmental officials during crises and developing strategic plans with defense organizations to neutralize security threats.
  • Internship assistance: UCM students pursuing a minor in Global Security Studies can receive assistance when applying for internships in the public and private sectors. Internships, including those with the federal government available through the U.S. Department of State’s Pathways Internship Program, turn into job opportunities. Students can hold internship positions for the duration of their time at UCM.


What can you do with a minor in Global Security Studies from UCM?

UCM’s minor in Global Security Studies prepares you for a wide range of entry-level positions in the security sector. Depending on your major, our multidisciplinary minor in Global Security Studies can help you qualify for jobs such as cybersecurity specialist, global security operations analyst, crime and intelligence analyst and many more, with employers such as:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
  • National Security Agency
  • Local and state law enforcement

Global Security Studies minors with training in the computer science and technology subfields of global security will see particularly positive job growth in the coming years. In fact, demand for cybersecurity professionals is much higher than most professions in the U.S. If you’re interested in less technology-focused careers in national and global security, the job outlook for political scientists and related positions also looks bright.

Jobs for Global Security Studies minors

Use the tool below to explore salary potential, employment trends, job opportunities and other career data for students with a minor in Global Security Studies.




Financial assistance options for your Global Security Studies minor

The University of Central Missouri strives to offer you the best financial guidance and support. In fact, we’re recognized by LendEDU as a top-ranked university for graduates with low student debt.

UCM’s financial aid counselors will work with you to help you find an affordable path to graduation. Depending on your needs, we can help you finance your education with options such as scholarships, loans, grants, work-study positions and assistantships.

In addition to our university-wide financial awards that are open to all students, UCM reserves many need- and merit-based scholarships for students from particular majors. Be sure to look for any scholarship opportunities available on your primary major’s program page. You can also learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.



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