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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Human Security, MID

Human Security (HS)

Because the globalization process has made the world seem exponentially smaller, threats from tsunamis, earthquakes, disease and starvation are arriving faster and in more dramatic fashion than ever before. One of the most innovative, forward-thinking disciplines in international affairs today, the human security major covers a wide swath of issues critical to the safety of people worldwide.

GSPIA’s program, one of the first of its kind in the United States, emphasizes the development of peacekeeping and peace-building skills. Students study threats to individuals from nongovernmental, nonmilitary sources. Examples of threats include civil wars, international migration and crime, global climate changes and natural disasters. We teach students to focus on the human condition as a planet, resulting in a new generation of leaders able to guide our global community through some of the most perilous times is has ever experienced.

The major curriculum, comprising 12 credits, follows:

GSPIA Core Requirements: 12 credits

(See Master’s Degree Requirements)

HS Major Courses: 12 credits

Electives: 18 credits

Minimum Required Credits: 48 credits

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