Students will take Introduction to Global Security Studies in their ﬁrst semester. This course will expose students to the basic concepts that are important to the ﬁeld of global security studies and allow them to apply these tools to selected security issues such as terrorism, climate change, and the causes of war. In the other core classes, which should be taken early on, students use these intellectual tools as they explore the three pillars of the degree: strategic studies, energy and environmental security, and economic security.
In their second or third semester, students should take Introduction to Qualitative Methods, the ﬁrst step in the research study process. After that, students should take either Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods or Historical Methods. With this sound basis in methodology, students will be prepared to write a journal article-length study in their ﬁnal semester when they take Research Study Seminar.
Most electives are focused on the three pillars of the degree and on corresponding concentrations. A two-year plan for course offerings can be found here.
Core (4 classes)
- 470.603 Introduction to Global Security Studies — This class should be taken in your first semester.
- 470.605 Global Political Economy
- 470.692 Military Strategy and National Policy
- 470.773 Energy and Environmental Security
470.601 Climate Change and National Security
470.657 Energy, Security, and Defense
Research Study Process (3 classes)
- 470.851 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Social Science — This class should be taken in your second semester.
- 470.854 Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods — This class should be taken about midway through your course of studies. (Prerequisite: Students must have passed either 470.850 Research & Thesis I or 470.851 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Social Science.)
470.709 Quantitative Methods (with permission from the instructor)
Historical Methods (Course number TBD)
- Research Study Seminar (Course number TBD) — This class must be taken as your final class. Prerequisite: Students must have passed 470.851 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Social Science as well as 470.854 Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods or 470.709 Quantitative Methods or Historical Methods.
Electives (5 classes)
For more information about courses, please see the Course Descriptions page. Please note that not all courses are available each semester.
For information on exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors for any term, students should consult the Advanced Academic Programs Course Schedule available several months before each semester or term begins. Courses are open only to students who meet enrollment requirements. All classes are held at the Hopkins Washington Center at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. close to the Dupont Circle (South) exit.
Elective Courses and Concentrations
In addition to the required courses, students must take five elective courses. Please see our Multi-Year Schedule page for examples. Students may choose to pursue an area of concentration, also listed below. This requires completing four out of five electives within the concentration.
- Strategic Studies
- Energy and Environmental Security
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