Students who have earned a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Security Studies are well-prepared for careers in the field of national and international security and counterterrorism.
12 credits in security-related coursework give students a solid understanding of:
- US national security law policymaking pre- and post-9/11.
- The diverse national security threats, including drugs, crime, terrorism, and ethnic conflicts.
- The nature of international security environments, regimes, and institutions.
- The US and international responses to terrorism, including law enforcement, military, intelligence, and diplomatic approaches.
- The challenges of homeland security preparedness and response.
The interdisciplinary nature of the CAS complements students’ professional or doctoral degrees and enriches their specific field of study or research interest. Certificate recipients collaborate with students and faculty from a range of disciplines, including public administration, international relations, political science, law, history, and communications.
Furthermore, students benefit from the expertise of INSCT faculty in military planning and operations, global counterterrorism and arms control policy, counter-proliferation policy, diplomacy and international relations, mass communication, terrorist methods and psychology, history, law, and economics. This breadth and depth gives students an opportunity to employ, and appreciate the need for, an interdisciplinary approach to the security problems we face today.
Candidates for the CAS take six credits (two courses) chosen from five required courses and six credits (two courses) chosen from a wide range of elective courses.