International Studies

International Affairs. National Security.

Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, BW '77 and Dr. Krutky field questions from International Studies students after his April 2014 presentation on the increasing role of the U.S. Coast Guard in handling maritime issues impacting national security.

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Recent graduates are employed by the U.S. government at the State Department, NSA, CIA, Defense, Federal Air Marshals, Homeland Security, Customs, Peace Corps, in various branches of the military as well as many nongovernmental organizations.     

National Security Track

A new program, the national security track offers focused study addressing the U.S. approach to a rapidly evolving range of security issues that range from terrorism to emergency management to homeland defense and more.

The increasingly interdependent globalized world of the 21st century has increased awareness of the growing number of potential threats facing today's citizens. Long established military threats from hostile governments have been joined by threats from nongovernmental organizations like violent extremists, human traffickers, and drug cartels, as well as health risks such as pandemics and an increasingly unpredictable environment.

This track provides a specialized foundation for evaluating both domestic and global threats and the appropriate policies for coping with the risks they pose to the U.S. and others. 

The program is ideal for motivated critical thinkers with an interest in security-related careers in foreign policy, intelligence or law enforcement at the national or local levels, or in the emerging areas of business and service organizations that support the maintenance of national security. As you plan your coursework, consider a model program with suggestions for Enhancing Your Experience in National Security.


Students will gain critical analytical skills utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods through a combination of courses. Valuable experiential opportunities are developed based on student interests providing for individualized research and appropriate internships both locally and in other locations like Washington DC.

All students will take an introductory course in Security, Technology and Threat Assessment plus courses focused on U.S. homeland security and related research and analytical skills. Students will also select courses from a variety of academic disciplines which provide a more in-depth look at particular types of 21st century security issues related to military, environmental and health problems.

In each area, students will select a combination of entry level and upper division courses appropriate to the students’ personal and professional interests in consultation with their advisor. All students will also complete a research project focused on security in a capstone security-oriented seminar.

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