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STSS 2601 - War and Civilization

Prerequisite: Any WC&IL I course.

A survey of the importance of violence, war, and peace on national and international security, strategy, and policy formation. This class explores themes such as the role of war and peace as they relate to the rise and fall of states, national security, societies, and technological development. The course looks as these and other themes from a global perspective.

Credit: 3


STSS 6301 - China’s National Security and Modern Military Doctrine

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Restricted to students pursuing master’s degrees in Diplomacy and Military Studies or Sustainability, a Certificate in National Security Studies, or a Certificate in Sustainability and Security Studies.

The course provides an in-depth analysis of China's present and future national-security requirements and how that shapes their modern military thought and doctrine. We will discuss China’s economic developments, trade and national security concerns, and latest military developments against the backdrop of traditional and evolving Chinese military thought.

Credit: 3


STSS 6600 - 20th-Century Intelligence Operations

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Restricted to students pursuing master’s degrees in Diplomacy and Military Studies or Sustainability, or a Certificate in National Security Studies

The course provides an in-depth analysis of intelligence operations during the 20th century, examining how changes in technology, cultures, economies, and strategic situation affected intelligence requirements and operations and impacted nations’ security and decision making. The seminar will focus on how nations shaped their intelligence requirements and procedures to meet those changes.

Credit: 3


STSS 6666 - Theory and Practice of Counterinsurgency

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Restricted to students pursuing master’s degrees in Diplomacy and Military Studies or Sustainability, a Certificate in National Security Studies, or a Certificate in Sustainability and Security Studies.

This seminar aims to familiarize DMS students with the challenges posed by counterinsurgency warfare in the past, present, and future. Students will consider historical case studies of counterinsurgency and read and discuss major theorists, including Mao Tse-tung, Che Guevara, David Galula,, and current U.S. Army and Marine COIN doctrine.

Credit: 3


STSS 6990 - Internship

Prerequisite: At least a 2.7 GPA for undergraduate level and a 3.0 for graduate.

Internships provide students with applied, experiential learning opportunities so that they can make connections between academic study and the practical application of that study in a professional work environment. Academic internships are supervised by a faculty member and an on-site professional supervisor. All academic internships must be approved in advance by the department or program. Unless stipulated otherwise by the department or program, credit hours are defined by the university's credit hour policy. Internships may be repeated for a total of 9 credit hours.

Credit: 1 to 3


STSS 6997 - Special Topics in Strategic and Security Studies

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

This is a special topics graduate seminar in strategic and security studies. Course content will vary as set forth in an approved syllabus. Course may be repeatable as contents change (up to 6 credits).

Credit: 3