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The "National Security Studies" major is, of necessity, interdisciplinary in nature. It also requires a strong internship or co-op program to enhance the student's employment opportunities. The major has rigorous requirements and students are advised that their future employment will normally require the successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation.
A major in National Security Studies is meant to prepare students for career opportunities with federal and state agencies, that have as part of their mission the defense of the homeland or the implementation of U.S. Foreign Policy and strategic objectives; multinational corporations that require personnel with research, analytical and communication skills; and for further study at the graduate level
Students must maintain a minimum QPA of 3.2 and need to earn a minimum of a "C" in all courses taken. The program requires that the graduate possess the following skills:
- A reading competency in one of the required foreign languages
- The ability to produce written reports based on research, correlation, and analysis
- Oral presentation skills, to include computer facilitated presentations
- Knowledge of statistical techniques
- Knowledge of computer applications and data management systems.
At the beginning of a student's junior and senior year, a committee composed of the department chairs, or their representative, of the Justice, Law, and Security, International Studies, History and Modern Language Departments will review the progress of all students enrolled in the program. Students whose QPA falls below 3.2, whose foreign language reading ability is inadequate, or who exhibit behavioral or academic deficiencies that would, in the judgment of the reviewers, make future employment in the national security field unlikely, will be placed on probation or disenrolled from the major.
A minimum of 120 credits is required for degree, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche College.
To complete the "National Security Studies" major, the following course work is required:
- 20 Arabic or Spanish language credits
- 18 National Security Studies" major required credits
- 12 "National Security Studies" major elective credits
- 6 Foreign Area Studies credits
- 24 Skills Component credits
- 37 Core Curriculum credits
- 3 credit internship or co-op credits