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Program Summary 

Public institutions and private businesses, government agencies, NGOs, and international organizations are finding it increasingly challenging to manage international security concerns. Security has become a complex problem in international relations, requiring a variety of approaches and perspectives. The track focuses on traditional and non-traditional security issues such as war and peace, transnational crime, international human rights violations, surveillance and intelligence, and business risk.

What You Will Learn

To prepare students for careers in the security realm, the curriculum includes both foundational courses necessary to understand current global trends, as well as courses that emphasize policy analysis to deal with numerous security-related issues impacted by globalization. 

Courses in economics, quantitative and research methods, and writing and presentation skills provide additional academic and professional preparation. Professional Development Seminars and Capstone research projects supplement the curriculum.

 

Year One

  • First Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6216: Foundations of Globalization (3 credits)
    • ECO 6025: Economic Policy Analysis (3 credits)
    • ISS 6387: Analytical Writing and Presentation Skills (3 credits)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
  • Second Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6307: Research Tools for Global Studies (3 credits)
    • Students take two additional courses from the list below (6 credits):
      • CCJ 6676: Transnational Crime and National Security (3 credits) 
      • GIS 5620: Surveillance, Intelligence, and International Relations (3 credits)
      • INR 5012: Global Issues and Human Rights (3 credits)
      • INR 5066: Global and Human Security (3 credits) 
      • INR 5935: Public Security and Governance in the Americas (3 credits) 
      • INR 6338: Seminar in Strategic Studies (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits) 
      • REL 5149: Religion, Violence, and Conflict (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6249: Migration, Security, and Globalization (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6994: Disasters, Security and Governance (3 credits) 
      • DSC 6020: Terrorism & Homeland Security (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6996: Intelligence Community Successes and Failures: Policy Implications (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6640: Global Financial Crimes (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6650: U.S. - Russian Relations and Their Impact on Global Security (3 Credits)
      • ISS 6993: Democracy and Human Rights: From Theory to Practice
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars

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Year Two

  • Third Semester (9 credits)
    • Program Design and Evaluation OR Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    • Students take two additional courses from the list below (6 credits):
      • CCJ 6676: Transnational Crime and National Security (3 credits) 
      • GIS 5620: Surveillance, Intelligence, and International Relations (3 credits) 
      • INR 5012: Global Issues and Human Rights (3 credits)
      • INR 5066: Global and Human Security (3 credits) 
      • INR 5935: Public Security and Governance in the Americas (3 credits) 
      • INR 6338: Seminar in Strategic Studies (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits) 
      • REL 5149: Religion, Violence, and Conflict (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6249: Migration, Security, and Globalization (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6994: Disasters, Security and Governance (3 credits) 
      • DSC 6020: Terrorism & Homeland Security (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6996: Intelligence Community Successes and Failures: Policy Implications (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6640: Global Financial Crimes (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6650: U.S. - Russian Relations and Their Impact on Global Security (3 Credits)
      • ISS 6993: Democracy and Human Rights: From Theory to Practice
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
  • Fourth Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6926: Master’s Capstone (3 credits)
    • Students take two additional courses from the list below (6 credits):
      • CCJ 6676: Transnational Crime and National Security (3 credits) 
      • GIS 5620: Surveillance, Intelligence, and International Relations (3 credits)
      • INR 5012: Global Issues and Human Rights (3 credits)
      • INR 5066: Global and Human Security (3 credits) 
      • INR 5935: Public Security and Governance in the Americas (3 credits) 
      • INR 6338: Seminar in Strategic Studies (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits) 
      • REL 5149: Religion, Violence, and Conflict (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6249: Migration, Security, and Globalization (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6994: Disasters, Security and Governance (3 credits) 
      • DSC 6020: Terrorism & Homeland Security (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6996: Intelligence Community Successes and Failures: Policy Implications (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6640: Global Financial Crimes (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6650: U.S. - Russian Relations and Their Impact on Global Security (3 Credits)
      • ISS 6993: Democracy and Human Rights: From Theory to Practice
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
The FIU Global Affairs program was as challenging as it was rewarding. With highly reputable professors and top of the line facilities, I was able to learn various topics of global affairs and gain experience in how to apply what I've learned into the workplace.Felix Jorge Reynoso, ’16, The Cuban American National Foundation

Career Guide

Master of Arts in Global Affairs students with a track in Globalization and Security can seek careers in government, human rights, foreign service, politics, business, environment, health, education and international organizations. Focus areas also include intelligence, national security, communication, public relations, diplomacy, energy and environmental sustainability, international law, legal agencies, development and relief, education, research, tourism, technology, security, law enforcement, and trade policy.

  • Common Job Titles
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Immigration Specialist
    • Intelligence Specialist
    • International Marketing Specialist
    • Research Analyst
    • Foreign Affairs Analyst
    • Journalist
    • Political Analyst
    • Lobbyist
    • Non-Profit Program Coordinator
    • Special Agent
    • Consultant
    • Analyst
    • Diplomat
  • Popular Employers
    • U.S. Department of State
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • USAID
    • United Nations
    • World Bank
    • Raymond James Financial
    • Royal Caribbean International
    • Drug Enforcement Agency
    • Human Rights Watch
    • Amnesty International
    • Homeland Security
    • German Marshall Fund
    • Hayman Woodward
    • Focal Point Data Risk LLC
    • Custom Information Services
    • Miami Dade County Beacon Council

    Employers also include political risk analysis firms, embassies, public interest advocacy groups, political campaigns, legislators, local municipalities, newspapers, banking and financial institutions, consulting firms, financial institutions, domestic firms with operations abroad, exporters, importers, interest groups, international foundations, schools, and universities.
  • Skills
    • Strong Verbal and Written Communication Skills
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Presentation Skills
    • Critical Thinking Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Ability to obtain a security clearance
    • Analytical Skills
    • Program Management Research
    • Overseas Experience
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Language Proficiency
    • Understanding of public policy
  • Professional Associations
    • American Foreign Service Association
    • Council of American Ambassadors
    • Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
    • National Association of Human Rights Workers
    • Association of Government Relations and Professionals
    • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
  • Salary

    $25K entry level - $100K senior level

    Want more information? Go online to ONET /Occupational Outlook Handbook/U.S. News.

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