The BA in International Security and Law is among the first programs in the country to combine the study of security with international law. The international security and law program:
- Teaches students to analyze enduring and new security challenges related to intelligence, cybersecurity, terrorism, migration, and environmental and technological change.
- Prepares students to apply these risk-assessment skills to be successful in positions in government, business, and international organizations.
See Undergraduate Admission Policies for more information.
See AP.5 Undergraduate Policies for more information.
Total credits: 120
|GOVT 103||Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)||3|
|GOVT 132||Introduction to International Politics (Mason Core)||3|
|GOVT 133||Introduction to Comparative Politics (Mason Core)||3|
|Select one of the following (with director approval):||3|
|Grand Challenges to Human Security (Mason Core)|
or GLOA 101
|Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core)|
|GOVT 346||American Security Policy||3|
|GOVT 347||International Security||3|
|GLOA 387||Human Security, Globalization, and Development||3|
|GOVT 441||Grand Strategy||3|
|GOVT 443||Law and Ethics of War||3|
|GOVT 446||International Law and Organization||3|
|GOVT 490||Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core)||3|
Professional Skills Core
|GOVT 300||Research Methods and Analysis (Mason Core)||4|
|GOVT 435||Data Analysis for Comparative and International Politics||3|
|Select 3 credits from the following:||3|
|Issues in Political Analysis (3 credits selected within areas of Game Theory, Textual Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Data Visualization, or as approved by program advisor)|
|Introduction to Computational and Data Sciences (Mason Core)|
|Modeling and Simulation I|
|Introduction to Social Network Analysis (Mason Core)|
|Scientific Information and Data Visualization|
|Scientific Data and Databases|
|Scientific Data Mining|
|Introduction to Public Relations|
|Mass Communication and Public Policy|
|Argument and Public Policy (Mason Core)|
|Introductory Statistics II|
|Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis|
|Select 9 credits from the following: 1||9|
|Issues in Government and Politics 2|
|Government and Politics of Latin America|
|Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa|
|Government and Politics of Asia|
|Government and Politics of Europe|
|Government and Politics of Russia|
|Central Asian Politics|
|Chinese Foreign Policy|
|American Foreign Policy|
|Islam and Politics|
|Introduction to Environmental Policy|
|Intermediate Environmental Policy|
|Issues in International Studies 2|
|Revolution and International Politics|
|Ethics and International Politics|
|Justice and Reconciliation|
|Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Mason Core)|
|Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice|
|Human Rights and Inequality|
|Introduction to Homeland Security|
|Human Rights and Justice|
|Introduction to the Intelligence Community|
|Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)|
|Theory and Politics of Terrorism|
|Global Health (Mason Core)|
|Sustainable World (Mason Core)|
|Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core)|
|Conflict, Trauma and Healing|
|Topics in Global Affairs 2|
|Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)|
|Human Trafficking and Smuggling|
|Ethics and the Cybersociety (Mason Core)|
|Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)|
At least six of the nine credits must be from GOVT courses.
Topics to include Law and Security, Technology and Security, National Security Budgeting, or at the program director's discretion.
Topics included at the program director's discretion.
Applied Skills Requirement
Students must complete 6 credits of competence-based coursework taken from any combination of:
- Language courses beyond the intermediate level
- Internship courses
- Study abroad courses offered by Mason's Global Education Office
Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.
Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.
Students who have completed the following credentials are eligible for a waiver of the Foundation and Exploration (lower level) requirement categories. The Integration category (upper level) is not waived under this policy. See Admissions for more information.
- VCCS Uniform Certificate of General Studies
- VCCS or Richard Bland Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.&S.), or Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.)
|Written Communication (ENGH 101)||3|
|Information Technology and Computing||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Written Communications (ENGH 302)||3|
Most programs include the writing-intensive course designated for the major as part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for Mason Core.
Minimum 3 credits required.
Honors in the Major
Highly qualified students majoring in an undergraduate Schar School program may pursue advanced work leading to graduation with honors in the major. Those students selected for participation in this program take a two-course sequence: GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core) and GOVT 496 Directed Readings and Research. To graduate with honors in the major, students must complete these courses with a minimum GPA of 3.50.