NSAM 5002 - Terrorists and Terrorism: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
This course analyzes terrorism from a number of perspectives including law enforcement (FBI), defense (DOD), and diplomatic (DOS) orientations in order to understand mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery measures with regards to counterterrorism and antiterrorism. Individual (lone wolf) and group (Islamist) terrorist mindsets will be examined, as well as international and domestic domains.
NSAM 5015 - Civil Liberties and National Security (3 credits)
This course focuses on understanding the interconnection between Civil Liberties and National Security. Both elements are important – the first being the mechanism by which the Republic as an entity protects itself and the second by which many of the principles of the Republic are protected. How these two elements are balanced and shaped by the needs of the day will be examined by focusing on the historical development of this interaction, as well as the modern intersection by looking at readings in history, law and politics.
NSAM 5020 - International Law and Institutions (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the sources of international law, treaty and custom, and explains how the International Court of Justice at The Hague as well as American courts work with international rules in deciding cases. It considers the operation of the United Nations in creating international norms and in handling international disputes. This course covers as well bases of international criminal jurisdiction, state recognition, sovereign immunity as well as state responsibility. After considering the critical and fundamental concepts in the field, the course will explore a few interesting transnational problems relating to security issues, namely controlling piracy, preventing human smuggling, and stopping terrorism.
NSAM 5030 - American Government and Domestic Security (3 credits)
This course is examination of the domestic national security state. It will explore the ways that concerns over domestic security have shaped the actions of American government and conversely, the ways that the structures of American Government have shaped our responses to domestic security concerns.
NSAM 5040 - Cyber Conflict and Statecraft (3 credits)
This seminar introduces the concept of international conflict in cyber space and the related statecraft involved in addressing American national security affairs while sustaining international relationships. This course examines the history of American cybersecurity, vulnerabilities to past attacks, and attempts to interdict and mitigate damage inflicted by future attacks on the national cyber system. Additionally, through examination of multiple international cyber conflicts a view of this component of the changing nature of modern warfare helps to illuminate the varied issues facing federal, state, and critical infrastructure operators across the country. On all these topics, this course emphasizes both theoretical and practical issues that will further the student's knowledge of Americas cyber vulnerability and the potential employment of cyber weapons in future conflicts.
DEM 5090 - Weapons of Mass Threat and Communicable Diseases (3 credits)
This course will provide students with an understanding of pandemic influenza and other communicable diseases. Students will also be introduced to potential chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons and will learn the expectations of preparations and response to a pandemic or CBRNE event.
MHS 5314 - Bioterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (3 credits)
NSAM 5502 - Directed Readings in National Security Affairs (3 credits)
This course examines specific aspects of national security affairs. It is designed so it may be taken as an independent study or with a small group of students so topics of individual research interest in this area may be pursued. Under the instructor¿s guidance, the directed readings, the final project, and any other assignments will be set forth. The course will provide an opportunity for the enhancement of subject matter knowledge and expertise.
NSAM 5650 - Economic Statecraft in National Security Affairs (3 credits)
This course examines the economic strategies employed by states to press other states to follow established agendas. Achieving National Security Policy objectives frequently involves the integrative use of sanctions, embargoes, boycotts, dumping, freezing of assets, strategic materials policies, tarrifs, as well as opening of markets, foreign investments, partnerships, and other developmental activites. Economic Statecraft is seen as a peaceful strategy to force countries to negotiate and then build their economy for strategic alignment.
NSAM 6130 - Practicum/Internship (3 credits)
This course is a field research project that incorporates classroom knowledge and real world settings. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply theory to practice and analyze situations utilizing knowledge from previous course work.
NSAM 6690 - Special Topics in National Security Affairs and International Relations (3 credits)
Special Topics in National Security Affairs and International Relations is reserved for advanced studies in the field. Specific focus and topics are to be approved by the chair of the Department of History and Political Science and advertised to students in advance of each offering. If the content changes, this course may be repeated with the prior permission of the department chair.
NSAM 6700 - Directed Thesis in National Security Affairs and International Relations (6 credits)
The directed thesis serves as a capstone on the student’s experience in the National Security Affairs and International Relations (M.S.) program. As such preparation for this course began on day one of the student’s course of study of in the program. The theories, research methods and analytical skills, and substantive knowledge acquired by the student through the master’s curriculum provide the foundation upon which this thesis project is built. Students must complete all other coursework in the program before undertaking the directed thesis. Working under the direction of a designated faculty member in the program students will be responsible for developing and planning an innovative project, crafting a viable thesis, engaging in research using appropriate primary and secondary resource material, and executing a polished work of analysis that contributes to knowledge in the field. In addition to submitting a written thesis, students are required to offer an oral defense of their project.