Minor in Strategic Studies

For general questions about the minor, contact:

Stephen Quackenbush, Program Director
(573) 882-2082
quackenbushs@missouri.edu

Political Science Academic Advisor
(573) 882-2580
politicalscience@missouri.edu

The minor in Strategic Studies is designed for those students who wish to acquire the knowledge and analytical skills that are critical for working in a career field related to national security.  The minor is appropriate for students of almost any major, particularly political science, economics, history, geography, journalism, and engineering.  The program is also well suited for students in Army, Navy, or Air Force ROTC, providing a solid background for officers encountering the changing strategic environment of the twenty-first century.

The program affords students a unique opportunity to gain a broad perspective on security issues, allowing focus on areas where they may have additional educational requirements not offered in their chosen major field of study.  Students may work for the defense department, national intelligence agencies, or other federal agencies, or any number of jobs related to security in the private and non-profit sectors.

Fifteen (15) credits are required for the minor in strategic studies, selected from the list below.  Of these, six hours must be from political science, and three hours must be from military science.  Students in the minor must maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) for courses in the minor.

Select from the courses below
POL_SC 4410Politics and War3
POL_SC 4411Genocide, Terrorism and Civil War3
POL_SC 4412Strategy and Warfare3
POL_SC 4540American Foreign Policies3
MIL_SC 3160Death by a Thousand Cuts: Counterinsurgency/Insurgency the American Experience3
MIL_SC 3161The American Experience in Vietnam3
MIL_SC 3162Counterinsurgency in Asia3
MIL_SC 3163U.S. Military History in the Western Tradition3
HIST 4080American Foreign Policy from Colonial Times to 18983
HIST 4250U.S. Foreign Relations, 1898-19453
HIST 4260The Age of Ascendancy: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945 - Present3

As part of the program, new courses are being developed in areas such as coercive diplomacy and human security.