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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. View the requirements in the course catalog.