Global Security and Diplomacy Minor

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:

1)    POLS 104: International Security and Diplomacy
2)    POLS 202: International Relations
3)    POLS 431: Globalization and Security

Minor Electives  (9 credits)

INTL 100

Introduction to Global Issues (3 units)

JURI 316

Theories of Conflict (3 units)

JURI 474

Human Rights Law (3 units)

LAWS 220

Conflict and Its Resolution (3 units)

POLS 201

Comparative Politics (3 units)

POLS 203

International Organizations (3 units)

POLS 204

Government and Politics of Africa (3 units)

POLS 206

Government and Politics of China and Japan (3 units)

POLS 207

American Foreign Policy (3 units)

POLS 303

Politics of Development and Modernization (3 units)

POLS 313

The Internet, Politics & Public Policy (3 units)

POLS 327

Food and Politics (3 units)

POLS 329

Narco-Terrorism (3 units)

POLS 332

U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics (3 units)

POLS 335

Theories of Political Economy (3 units)

POLS 339

Contemporary Western European Politics (3 units)

POLS 340

Government and Politics of South Asia (3 units)

POLS 341

Government and Politics of Latin America (3 units)

POLS 342

Government and Politics of the Middle East (3 units)

POLS 343

Government and Politics in the Post-Soviet States (3 units)

POLS 344

Government and Politics in the East European States (3 units)

POLS 351

Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 units)

POLS 353

Intelligence and National Security (3 units)

POLS 362

International Relations in Asia (3 units)

POLS 363

Politics and Morality of War (3 units)

POLS 364

War and International Security (3 units)

POLS 365

Global Environmental Politics (3 units)

POLS 430

International Law (3 units)