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BW's new national security major addresses our nation's need for skilled professionals in intelligence, diplomacy and homeland security.

BW Adds In-Demand National Security Major

February 22, 2017

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In response to an ongoing need for professionals well-versed in the areas of intelligence, diplomacy and homeland security, Baldwin Wallace University has added a major in national security.

The new major is an extension of the national security track, which was added to BW’s international studies major in fall 2011.

"BW’s national security major is one of only a few currently available at the undergraduate level,” noted Dr. Judy Krutky, professor and program director. "It provides a focused approach for preparing our graduates to work with security and intelligence operations of governments and private organizations."

Major Focused on Real-World Issues

"Every day, across the globe there are situations that require the need for expertise in areas relating to terrorism, emergency management, national defense and more," said Krutky.

"Our country needs competent, dedicated individuals who understand and can address issues pertaining to violent extremists, drug cartels, human trafficking, pandemics, environment concerns and impacts, military threats from hostile governments, and more," she added.

The national security major augments rigorous classroom study with a variety of experiential learning activities like internships, study abroad and co-curricular activities like Model UN, Model African Union and Model NATO conferences.

A Leader in International Affairs

BW has a long history of preparing students for careers in global affairs. Over 35 years ago, BW started the first international studies major in Ohio. Today, BW graduates can be found across the world in careers spanning all areas of the profession.

Among them is Daniela Muhaj '14, a research analyst with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. Muhaj followed up her BW degree in international studies and mathematical economics with a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

"My BW experience has been instrumental in helping me land several opportunities," believes Muhaj. "BW provided support, skills and mentorship."

Also appreciative of her BW experience is Liz Black '12, who resides in San Diego as an officer-in-charge with the U.S. Navy.

"l paired my international studies major at BW with minors in criminal justice and Spanish with the hope of succeeding in a national security career," said Black. "BW taught me to use and constantly hone my cognitive thinking skills."