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The world faces a complex range of threats to its security and stability. Some, including war, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, have been around for a long time. Others, including climate change and cyber conflict, are relatively new. And in today’s increasingly connected world, old threats like pandemic disease and state fragility now take on a new urgency. Using a mix of history, theory and policy analysis, the international security minor prepares students to think critically about these pressing issues.


Hunzeker (minor advisor)


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: INLS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students must complete all coursework with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. 

Core Courses

GOVT 132Introduction to International Politics (Mason Core)3
GOVT 346American Security Policy3
GOVT 347International Security3
Total Credits9


Select three electives from the following:9
International Relations Theory
American Foreign Policy
Issues in International Studies (when topic is relevant with approval of the minor advisor)
International Law and Organization
Revolution and International Politics
Ethics and International Politics
Internship (when topic is relevant with approval of the minor advisor)
Total Credits9