Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Human Security Concentration

This concentration is designed to conceptualize security beyond the boundaries of political security (violence and conflict) to promote a more comprehensive understanding of “human security” in its multiple facets: food and health (famine and infectious disease), environmental security (natural disasters and climate change), and economic security (development).

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in global affairs must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36-39 credits within the major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.  Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have a total of 40-43 credits. Students must have a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the core courses and a minimum grade of 1.67 in each of the courses used to fulfill the concentration and the language requirement for global affairs majors.  Students who major in global affairs may not also earn the minor in global systems or receive credit for ECON 390.

Six core courses (18 credits)

GLOA 101 - Introduction to Global Affairs Credits: 3 or SOCI 120 - Globalization and Society Credits: 3

CONF 340 - Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CULT 320 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3

ECON 385 - International Economic Policy Credits: 3

EVPP 337 - Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries Credits: 3

GOVT 322 - International Relations Theory Credits: 3 (Note the prerequisite for this course: GOVT 132 or GOVT 133.)

6-9 credits of language study beyond intermediate proficiency

To fulfill this requirement, students can continue the study of one language beyond the intermediate proficiency level (required for all BA degrees in the college) or choose to study other languages. After a student has demonstrated intermediate proficiency in one language, the remainder of the requirement may be fulfilled by taking any courses taught in a foreign language, at any level. Students are required to complete:

  • 9 credits beyond the completion of 210 or the receipt of heritage language waiver
  • 6 credits beyond the completion of 202

Four courses (12 credits) in an approved concentration

Courses applied to a global affairs concentration must come from at least two different departments. Concentration courses must be unique to the concentration: they cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill any Mason Core or college requirement for the bachelor's degree. They cannot be applied to any other major, minor, concentration, or certificate.

In addition to the courses listed below, other relevant courses, including special topics courses, study abroad, and internships (maximum 3 credits), may be applied to a concentration with prior written approval from the director.

By Global Topic

◊ Concentration in Human Security (HMSC)

This concentration is designed to conceptualize security beyond the boundaries of political security (violence and conflict) to promote a more comprehensive understanding of "human security" in its multiple facets: food and health (famine and infectious disease), environmental security (natural disasters and climate change), and economic security (development).

Choose 12 credits from the following:

ANTH 331 - Refugees Credits: 3

ANTH 340 - Comparative Perspectives on Immigration Credits: 3

CONF 345 - Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice Credits: 3

CRIM 475 - Theory and Politics of Terrorism Credits: 3

ECON 360 - Economics of Developing Areas Credits: 3

EVPP 436 - The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change Credits: 3

GCH 332 - Health and Disease Credits: 3

GCH 405 - Global Health Interventions: History and Systems Credits: 3

GGS 311 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3

GOVT 346 - American Security Policy Credits: 3

GOVT 347 - International Security Credits: 3

GOVT 460 - Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society Credits: 3

INTS 305 - Conflict Resolution and Transformation Credits: 6

INTS 314 - Conflict, Trauma and Healing Credits: 6

INTS 378 - Medicine, Justice, and Public Policy Credits: 3

INTS 416 - Refugee and Internal Displacement Credits: 3

SOCI 320 - Social Structure and Globalization Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Total: 12 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in global affairs may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing EVPP 337.

Total: 36-39 credits (Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have 40-43 credits.)

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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