2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Global Security Studies Minor

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International Relations Program
102 Maxwell Hall

The minor in Global Security Studies (GSS) is an interdisciplinary program designed to help students explore the global, international, national, and human dimensions of security, conflict, and conflict resolution in contemporary international relations using the analytic tools provided in different social science disciplines. The minor is administered by the International Relations Program and is open to all Syracuse University undergraduate students in good academic standing.

International relations majors whose topic concentration is international security and diplomacy (ISD) are not eligible to take the Global Security Studies minor. In addition, for students majoring in International Relations who wish to undertake the Global Security Studies minor, a maximum of three (3) lower division (below 300 level) credits may be shared between the major and the minor.

Minor Requirements

In order to declare the minor, a student must receive a B grade or better in one of the two required lower division courses. The Global Security minor consists of six (6) courses, eighteen (18) credits. Minors must complete

Two (2) required introductory-level courses (6 credits)

  1. either PSC 124 - International Relations  (or PSC 139  Honors section) or HST 122 - Global History 1750 to Present  to contextualize state security issues, and
  2. either ANT 185 - Global Encounters:Comparing World Views & Values Cross-Culturally  or GEO 171 - Human Geographies  to highlight human and environmental security issues, plus

An additional 12 credits in courses numbered 300 or above in one of the following 2 tracks:

  1. Traditional state security and human and environmental security tracks:

                      (2) courses from List A (6 credits) and 

                      (2) courses from List B (6 credits)


  1. Intelligence and Analysis Track

(4) courses from List C (12 credits)

List C: Intelligence and Analysis

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