Course Schedule

All of the courses and materials are delivered online. The entire program is distance learning. Courses are eight weeks long.  Students can take 3 course per semester, 2 in the summer. If you have a special circumstance and would like to take more than 3 courses per semester, you must gain approval from either Prof. Kurzer or Dr. Ryckman.

If a student is enrolled over the maximum number of allowed courses without gaining prior permission on the first day of the semester, then they will be administratively dropped from the extra course(s) after 48 hours. An email will be sent to the student informing them that they will be administratively dropped, and will identify from which courses s/he will be dropped.

Courses open one week before the official course start date. All courses are delivered via D2L:

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Current Schedule

Spring 2018 Session 2 - Start: Monday, March 5, 2018 - End: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Description Instructor Credits
POL 521A - Transnational Organized Crime and National Security - Spring 2018

In U.S. policy and strategy documents, Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) has been identified as a threat to American national security. The growing consensus is that globalization with its associated revolutions in communications and transportation has greatly enhanced the capabilities and power of Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs). Understanding the diverse criminal groups, their methodologies, and their networks is the critical first step in developing effective policies to confront them.

Lt. Col. Michael Burgoyne 3
POL 530A - Dynamics of Civil Wars - Spring 2018
This course is intended to be a survey of the general dynamics of civil wars, with a complementary focus on this form of unrest as it plays out in African countries. Modules address various aspects of civil wars (e.g. onset, duration, termination, recurrence, ethnicity, natural resources), and then examines those aspects in the context of a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. Students will have an opportunity to explore in-depth a conflict of their choosing, applying the general theories covered in class to their specific civil war of choice.
Professor Jessica Maves Braithwaite 3
POL 540A - Global Political Economy - Spring 2018
This course considers the ways in which the global economy has become intertwined with domestic politics, especially in developing and non-OECD states.  We will examine global economic forces, including trade, international finance, and migration through the lens of globalization.  In particular, this course explores the ways in which these global factors affect the domestic politics in much of the world, which can have profound public policy and security implications. 
Dr. Paul Bezerra 3
POL 558A - Politics in the Digital Age - Spring 2018

The digital revolution is changing politics. From Barack Obama's use of the Internet to drive his presidential campaign, to the upheaval of the Arab Spring and the emergence of new social movements like #OccupyWallStreet, digital technology is challenging and changing established institutions on a number of fronts. This course introduces students to the history of the Internet and the emerging technologies that are defining the Digital Age. It places emphasis on the role of technology in politics and its implications for democracy and citizen rights. The course will cover a wide range of issues related to governance of the internet, privacy and security, the role of the media and open source development.

Dr. Matias Bianchi 3
POL 567A - Emerging Powers in the Global System - Spring 2018

This course offers analytical tools to investigate the nature of modern international system, to explain the logic of emerging multipolar world, to analyze the role of rising Great Powers and Regional Powers in the modern geopolitical architecture. The central focus of the course will be on Russia, China, Iran, and Turkey, and on their foreign policy strategies in a global and regional context. Special attention will be paid to various versions of the New Silk Road and to other modern geopolitical initiatives.

Dr. Mikhail Beznosov 3
POL 695A - Professional Colloquium - Spring 2018

Capstone project, in which students develop a portfolio that overviews their academic work in the context of their professional goals. This should be taken as the final course of the MA degree. 

Dr. Kirssa Ryckman 3

Upcoming Schedule

Summer 2018 Session 1 - Start: Monday, May 7, 2018 - End: Sunday, July 1, 2018

Description Instructor Credits
PA 579 - Intelligence and US National Security - Summer 2018

The course provides students with a framework for understanding how intelligence supports the formulation and execution of US national security policy. It will focus on the following issues: what intelligence is and why it is a potentially important tool  for the President and other national-level policymakers; what US organizations provide intelligence; and how intelligence is produced and introduced into the policy process.

Professor John Tidd 3
POL 519 - Terrorism and Counterterrorism - Summer 2018

This course addresses how the formation of the state has been affected by war and will be increasingly affected by more modern security concerns such as terrorism.  Graduate-level requirements include reading three additional documents and critically reviewing them as instructed.

Dr. Kirssa Ryckman 3
POL 561A - Security: The Evolution of a Concept - Summer 2018

Traditionally, security has meant freedom from military attack and has been synonymous with national security. More recently, the concept has expanded to include relationships among nation states that affect international security. Environmental and economic concerns have also become part of the fabric of international security as a global village begins to recognize that no crisis affects only one state or one region.

Dr. Judith McDaniel 3

Summer 2018 Session 2 - Start: Monday, July 2, 2018 - End: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Description Instructor Credits
POL 563A - Gender as a Component of International Security - Summer 2018

This course charts the progress of the recognition that gender is an important part of any discourse about security.  A brief historical overview will set the context for rape as a weapon of war and attempts to mitigate this historical fact. One focus of the course is on the U.N. Tribunals. The second focus is on the effect of gender equality on human security, economic prosperity, and national stability.

Dr. Judith McDaniel 3
POL 695A - Professional Colloquium - Summer 2018

Capstone project, in which students develop a portfolio that overviews their academic work in the context of their professional goals. This should be taken as the final course of the MA degree. 

Dr. Kirssa Ryckman 3