Security Studies

Security studies is an interdisciplinary major and minor designed to give students a foundation in national and international security issues in the framework of a liberal arts education. Due to the broad spectrum of security issues, from weapons of mass destruction to cyber-warfare, environmental degradation, human security and terrorism, students are provided with some flexibility in selecting a course of study that reflects their area of interest. At the same time, all students are expected to gain fundamental knowledge in a core area of study. The major and minor provide students with several future opportunities, including graduate study, and government, industry, or research careers.

Interdisciplinary Major

(B.A. degree) Fifty-four to fifty-eight hours, with at least thirty hours at the 300-level or above, including:

CORE COURSES

The core courses provide a foundation in security issues and are centered on courses in the Social Sciences. Students will complete twenty-seven hours of required core courses.

  1. Eighteen hours in the following courses:
    • HIS 345 Military History
    • POS 300 World Politics
    • POS 307 Comparative Politics
    • POS 341 Force and Security
    • PSY 111 General Psychology
    • SOC 343 Criminal Justice
  2. Choose either (3 hours):
    • HIS 325 United States Diplomatic History or
    • POS 403 American Foreign Policy (Prerequisite: POS 100, 300, or 307)
  3. Choose either (3 hours):
    • ECO 221 Principles of Macroeconomics or
    • ECO 223 Principles of Microeconomics
  4. All students must complete the following (3 hours):
    • SEC 450 Senior Seminar in Security Studies (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor)

ELECTIVE COURSES

Elective courses provide some flexibility to students in order to reflect their areas of interest. Students will complete twenty-seven to twenty-eight hours of elective courses.

  1. Choose ONE of the following science tracks and select TWELVE-THIRTEEN HOURS:
    1. Science Track I: Biological Emphasis (12 hours)
      • BIO 111 Biological Principles
      • BIO 212 Cellular and Molecular Biology (Prerequisite: BIO 111)
      • And choose one of the following options:
        1. BIO 311 General Microbiology (Prerequisite: BIO 212)
        2. BIO 314 Evolution and Ecology (Prerequisite: BIO 111; MAT 111 recommended)
    2. Science Track II: Chemical Emphasis (12 hours)
      • CHE 111 General Chemistry I
      • CHE 112 General Chemistry II (Prerequisite: CHE 111; Concurrent with CHE 113)
      • CHE 113 General Chemistry Lab (Prerequisite: CHE 111; Concurrent with CHE 113)
      • And choose one of the following options:
        1. Option 1:
          • CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I (Prerequisites: CHE 112 and 113)
          • CHE 202 Organic Chemistry Lab I – Techniques and Synthesis (Prerequisites: CHE 112 and 113; Corequisite: CHE 201)
        2. Option 2:
          • CHE 211 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (Prerequisite: CHE 112)
          • CHE 213 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Prerequisite: CHE 113)
        3. Option 3:
          • CHE 305 Quantitative Analysis (CHE 111, CHE 112, and CHE 113)
        4. Option 4:
          • CHE 317 Forensic Chemistry (Prerequisites: CHE 112 and CHE 113)
          • CHE 337 Environmental Chemistry (Prerequisite: CHE 112)
    3. Science Track III: Computer Science/Mathematics Emphasis (13 hours)
      • CSC 115 Computer Science I
      • CSC 125 Computer Science I Lab (Concurrent with CSC 115)
      • CSC 215 Computer Science II (Prerequisites: CSC 115 and CSC 125)
      • MAT 301 Discrete Mathematics (Prerequisite: MAT 107 or its equivalent)
      • And choose one of the following:
        • CSC 304 Design and Analysis Algorithms (Prerequisites: CSC 215 and MAT 301)
        • CSC 312 Computer Organization and Architecture (Prerequisites: CSC 115 and MAT 301)
        • CSC 315 Advanced Programming (Prerequisite: CSC 215)
        • CSC 405 Database Management (Prerequisite CSC 215)
        • CSC 420 Programming Language Design and Implementation (Prerequisite CSC 215)
        • CSC 435 Theory and Construction of Compilers (Prerequisite CSC 215)
    4. Science Track IV: Physics Emphasis (13 hours)
      1. PHY 111 General Physics I (Prerequisite: MAT 107 or its equivalent)
      2. PHY 112 General Physics II (Prerequisite: MAT 107 or its equivalent)
      3. PHY 241 Engineering Physics (Prerequisites: MAT 121 and MAT 122 – may be taken concurrently; may also be taken concurrently with PHY 112)
      4. PHY 343 Relativity and Modern Physics (Prerequisites: PHY 111, PHY 112, and PHY 241)
  2. Choose TWO courses from the following (6 HOURS):
    • GEO/SOC 115 World Regional Geography
    • GEO/SOC 317 Cultural Geography
    • HIS 213 Asian Civilization II
    • HIS 316 Modern China
    • HIS 318 History of Canada
    • HIS 321 History of Japan
    • HIS 333 World History Since 1914
    • HIS 337 Modern England
    • HIS 340 Modern France: A Social History
    • HIS 343 Modern Central Europe
    • HIS 417 History of Modern Russia
    • HIS 424 History of the Middle East
    • HIS 430 Recent America
    • POS 302 European Politics
    • POS 311 Politics of the Pacific Rim
    • POS 346 Politics of Latin America
  3. Choose ONE of the following courses (3 HOURS):
    • COMM 310 Persuasion and Propaganda (Prerequisite: COMM 115 or 200)
    • COMM 312 Group Dynamics (Prerequisite: COMM 115 or 200)
    • COMM 323 Conflict Management (Prerequisite: COMM 115 or 200)
    • COMM 418 Intercultural Communication (Prerequisite: COMM 115 or 200)
    • PHI 335 Theories of Economic Justice (Prerequisite: one course in PHI)
    • PHI 345 Environmental Philosophy and Ethics (Prerequisite: one course in PHI)
    • PSY 260 Social Psychology (No prerequisite)
    • PSY 333 Cognitive Psychology (Prerequisite: PSY 111)
    • PSY 343 Personality (Prerequisite: PSY 111)
    • PSY 380 Psychology and Law (Prerequisite: PSY 111 or PSY 260)
    • SOC 333 Criminology (Prerequisite: SOC 111)
    • SOC/ANT 424 Cultural Anthropology (Prerequisite: SOC 111 or SOC 116)
  4. Choose TWO of the following courses (6 HOURS):
    • ENV/BIO 332 Environmental Science and Policy
    • POS 305 Urban Government
    • POS 309 State Government
    • POS 315 Public Administration and Policy Process
    • POS 317 American Constitutional Politics
    • POS 319 Constitutional Rights
    • POS 321 International Human Rights
    • POS 325 American Legal System
    • POS 335 Legislative Process
    • POS 355 The American Presidency
    • POS 407 International Law and Organization (Prerequisite: POS 100, 300, or 307)
    • POS 409 Kentucky Government (Prerequisite: POS 100, 300, or 307)
    • POS 430 International Political Economy (Prerequisite: POS 100, 300, or 307)
  5. Allied Requirement – 0-3 hours
    • Majors must demonstrate competence in an appropriate world language, approved by the program coordinator, by completing the second half of an intermediate language course (Intermediate II or a more advance course), or by taking a qualifying examination. Completion of a third year of language is strongly recommended.
    • Topics courses, transfer courses, or other courses meeting the specifications of the major may be substituted at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Comprehensive Examinations

Seniors intending to graduate with a Security Studies major must complete a written comprehensive examination administered by the program coordinator.

Interdisciplinary Minor

Twenty-four hours.

  1. Eighteen hours in the following courses:
    • HIS 345 Military History
    • POS 300 World Politics
    • POS 307 Comparative Politics
    • POS 341 Force and Security
    • PSY 111 General Psychology
    • SOC 343 Criminal Justice
  2. Choose either (3 hours):
    • HIS 325 United States Diplomatic History or
    • POS 403 American Foreign Policy (Prerequisite: POS 100, 300, or 307)
  3. Choose either (3 hours):
    • ECO 221 Principles of Macroeconomics or
    • ECO 223 Principles of Microeconomics

Topics courses, transfer courses, or other courses meeting the specifications of the minor may be substituted at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Course Offerings

450. Security Studies Seminar. (3 hours) This course aims to develop a working knowledge of the theories and conceptual frameworks that form the intellectual basis of security studies as an academic discipline. Students will write a seminar paper in which theoretical insights are systematically applied to a current security issue. NOTE: This course will be taught in an independent study format unless demand is sufficient to offer it during the semester.



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