US Foreign Policy and National Security Program Concentration
The United States Foreign Policy and National Security concentration prepares you for careers in the areas of foreign and national security policy. Courses focus on the formulation and implementation of foreign policy; defense, intelligence, and national security; as well as the economic, historical, political, social, and strategic underpinnings of United States foreign policy.
- Security from Inside the State
How do politics, organizations, and the policy processes inside states create conditions for peace and conflict? To what extent do regime type, the perceptions of leaders, and past history influence a state’s security goals in the international system? This course will enable you to answer these questions by understanding and applying core concepts from security studies, domestic politics, and foreign policy. In other words, this course uses characteristics from inside a state as a tool for understanding security relations between states and their abilities to identify, prevent, and resolve conflict.
- The Making of United States Foreign Policy: Institutions and Processes
This course introduces you to the institutions and processes involved in making US foreign, defense and intelligence policy. The course provides a brief overview of the foreign and national security challenges facing the United States and focuses on the institutions, decision-making processes and politics of US foreign and national security policy-making. It covers the State and Defense departments, the intelligence community, the White House, interagency processes, the Congress, and outside participants in the policy process.
- The United States as a World Power Since 1898
The United States as a World Power Since 1898 will offer you an introduction to the history of US foreign relations in the twentieth century and beyond. As a student in the course, you will assess continuity and change in US foreign relations as well as how ideas of racial superiority, economic factors, geography, and non-state actors influenced US foreign relations in these years.