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Global Security Studies

Global Security Studies Director: Steve Viner (Philosophy)
Twilight Hall 303B - Telephone: 802-443-5708

Security concerns are generated by a constellation of forces (economic, environmental, historical, political, and religious, etc.). They are experienced at different scales—from the local to the global, and the individual to the state. By drawing on courses from various departments, this track exposes students to security issues along three dimensions: global, international, and societal. The track highlights strategic concerns and issues of injustice, as well as the causes of insecurity over time, how it is experienced cross-culturally, and how societies, governments, and states have tried to address it. 

Track Requirements
Students majoring in Security Studies must take 5 thematic courses—in at least three departments and across two divisions—from this list. The five-course cluster which will allow students to lay a foundation and gain breadth in security issues will consist of:

  • One Introductory course
  • Two courses on International security issues
  • One course on Societal security issues
  • One course on Global security issues

Language Study
Students must become proficient in one of the languages that Middlebury College teaches. Individual language departments determine what level of study constitutes proficiency, and students are expected to do advanced work in their target language. All majors must take at least one advanced course in the language of study upon returning from abroad and are encouraged to take more than one. Students who, upon declaring the IGS major, have been determined proficient in one of their region’s languages will continue to take this language at the advanced level and are strongly recommended to take one year or equivalent of another language.  The additional language should be chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Security Studies majors must study abroad for at least one semester in the region corresponding to that language. Because security issues transcend countries and regions, majors may learn any language taught at Middlebury. Students who wish to study peace and security issues abroad in an English language environment may do so, provided that they also study at least one semester in the region corresponding to their language.

Program in International and Global Studies

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