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Global Security Studies (641)

Global Security Studies



Understand the Root Causes of 21st Century Threats

National security concerns top the list of government priorities in the United States.  However, national security is no longer solely a matter of military intelligence or diplomatic doctrines. Nor does it focus exclusively on threats from hostile nation-states such as North Korea or non-state actors such as terrorist organizations. While such conventional security concerns remain important, global security in the 21st century encompasses threats emerging from pandemics, climate change, human trafficking, terrorism, failed states, migration, ethnic and religious violence, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.  More than ever, the U.S. government and private sector are in need of qualified personnel who can respond to the ever-evolving threat landscape.

 Ward Edwards

Explore Security from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

The Global Security Studies minor gives students the knowledge and skills to understand the complexity of 21st century security threats. The 21-credit program leverages the tools of the social sciences and humanities to think critically about both the nature of security threats, as well as how to defend against those threats. By allowing students to specialize in a topic of such critical importance, the Global Security Studies minor is the perfect complement for students majoring in Political Science, History, Criminal Justice, International Studies, Sociology, or Military Science.

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Preparing Students for a Variety of Careers

The Global Security Studies minor helps students develop the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for job employment in a wide range of fields and organizations, including:
Federal and State Government
Department of Defense and Department of State

Department of Homeland Security
Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence
Military Service
State and Federal Law Enforcement 


Dr. Michael Makara
Associate Professor, Political Science
Wood 203
Tel: (660) 543-8321


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