Minor in Strategic Studies
For general questions about the minor, contact:
Stephen Quackenbush, Program Director
Political Science Academic Advisor
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 4410||Politics and War||3|
|POL_SC 4411||Genocide, Terrorism and Civil War||3|
|POL_SC 4412||Strategy and Warfare||3|
|POL_SC 4540||American Foreign Policies||3|
|MIL_SC 3160||Death by a Thousand Cuts: Counterinsurgency/Insurgency the American Experience||3|
|MIL_SC 3161||The American Experience in Vietnam||3|
|MIL_SC 3162||Counterinsurgency in Asia||3|
|MIL_SC 3163||U.S. Military History in the Western Tradition||3|
|HIST 4080||American Foreign Policy from Colonial Times to 1898||3|
|HIST 4250||U.S. Foreign Relations, 1898-1945||3|
|HIST 4260||The Age of Ascendancy: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945 - Present||3|
As part of the program, new courses are being developed in areas such as coercive diplomacy and human security.