Course requirements consist of 30 hours of graduate-level work, with 18 hours of required courses listed below and 12 hours of graduate-level electives.
Required: Fundamentals of Security (3 credit hours)
This course will introduce students to major themes covered in the master’s program of study. It is designed to provide students with foundations for the other core courses and should be completed in the first or second semester in the program. Students will read key texts on international security, military history, and strategy, as well as works on the theory and research practice of history and political science. They will write essays on the assigned readings, participate in online synchronous and asynchronous discussions, and compose a final paper or take a final exam on the issues raised by the course.
- HIST 812 - Foundations of Security Studies Credits: 3
- POLSC 812 - Foundations of Security Studies Credits: 3
Required: Security Studies Methodology (2 credit hours)
This course is a rigorous exploration of interdisciplinary methods in history and political science.
- POLSC 810 - Security Studies Methodology Credits: 2
- HIST 810 - Security Studies Methodology Credits: 2
Required: History and Security of Pivotal Regions (6 credit hours)
Students will take at least two courses on the history of regions of central importance to international affairs. These courses may focus on East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, or other strategic areas.
- HIST 850 - History and Security: East Asia Credits: 3
- HIST 851 - History and Security: Latin America Credits: 3
- HIST 852 - History and Security: the Middle East Credits: 3
- HIST 853 - History and Security: Russia/Central Asia Credits: 3
- HIST 854 - History and Security: South Asia Credits: 3
- HIST 855 - History and Security: Modern Africa since 1850 Credits: 3
Required: International Security and Transnational Security (6 credit hours)
Political Science will offer two courses. International Security will focus on traditional issues of the causes of war, deterrence, the relevance/role of international institutions, arms proliferation, the politics of international intervention, and conflict resolution. The second, Terrorism and Transnational Security, will cover security issues that have been given increasing emphasis over recent years. Examples include the unique context of security problems in the developing world, demographic developments and internal/external conflict, environmental issues and their relation to security, economic globalization and security, post-conflict reconstruction, and humanitarian emergencies.
- POLSC 813 - International Security Credits: 3
- POLSC 814 - Terrorism and Transnational Security Issues Credits: 3
Required: Research Design in Security Studies (1 credit hour)
This course is the culminating experience of the MA program and involves the research and writing of a publishable quality research paper of roughly 30 pages in length.
- HIST 815 - Research Design in Security Studies Credits: 1
- POLSC 815 - Research Design in Security Studies Credits: 1
Students completing the thesis option will take 24 credit hours of coursework consisting of the 18 credit hours of required courses and six credit hours of electives. They will also take six credit hours of master’s research in either political science or history.
- POLSC 899 - Master's Thesis Credits: 6OR
- HIST 899 - Master's Research in History Credits: 6.