Global Security and Diplomacy Minor

Contact: Dr. Zsolt Nyiri (973) 655-7088

This new minor capitalizes on the Major in Political Science and the expertise of the Political
Science and Law faculty in diplomacy and global security affairs. It offers students the possibility
of deepening their knowledge in the following areas:
• intricacy of international diplomacy
• complexities of the 21st century security environment
• analysis of military challenges, the intricacies of economic interdependence, and security
   implications of energy dependence and resource scarcity
• regional studies of industrialized and emerging market societies
• international law from both legal and political perspectives
• the causes and dynamics of peace and security
• preventing, managing, and resolving conflict
• alliance formation, defense planning, civil-military relations, and war termination.

This new minor leverages the synergies between the major in Political Science and Jurisprudence, Law, and Society by presenting a unified educational curriculum by the Department of Political Science and Law.

What is Global Diplomacy and Security?

Modern diplomacy is often said to have roots in the nation states of Northern Italy in the early Renaissance, with the first embassies being established in the thirteenth century. Many of the conventions of modern diplomacy developed during this period. Elements of modern diplomacy slowly spread to Eastern Europe and arriving in Russia by the early eighteenth century. Though disrupted by the French Revolution and the subsequent years of warfare, after the fall of Napoleon, the Congress of Vienna of 1815 established an international system of diplomatic rank which stabilized the nascent formal system.

Diplomacy is a complex integrated concept. It is the established method of influencing the decisions and behavior of foreign governments and peoples through dialogue, negotiation, and other measures short of war or violence. Modern diplomatic practices are a product of the post-Renaissance European state system.


The Minor in Global Security and Diplomacy requires 18 credit hours and is evenly split between required and elective courses.

The three required courses include (catalog descriptions follow):

1)    POLS 104: International Security and Diplomacy

This class uses the themes of power, trade, persuasion, rights, and peace to introduce students to current issues in international security and diplomacy, with particular emphasis on the place of non-western societies in the international system and the challenges these states face from other states and non-state actors.

2)    POLS 202: International Relations

Recent and contemporary world politics and the foreign relations and policies of selected states.

3)    POLS 431: Globalization and Security

After reviewing debates on globalization, this course covers its impact on global security through an examination of key issues such as crime, terrorism, migration, environment, and health, and a detailed case study of the Bosnian War. The course includes evaluation of the role of the international community and civil society in addressing these new security challenges.

The electives span our department’s many offerings in government and law that deal with the themes of the minor program. Our department regularly offers most of the elective courses each year. The minority of these courses that are not run annually are offered on a two- to three-year cycle.