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Global Security Studies

Global Security Studies Director: TBD

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.

Regional Focus
To contextualize their studies, students will take three courses focusing on one of the following regions: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and East Europe, or South Asia.

Study Abroad
Students must study abroad for at least one semester (and preferably two) on a Middlebury-approved study abroad program in their region of focus. Study abroad must be in the language of study at Middlebury. Effective for the class of 2021, students who study abroad for one semester may count up to two courses and those who study abroad for a full year may count up to four courses toward the major. Major credit will be granted, pending approval, upon the student’s return from abroad. For regional courses, approval is granted by the track director and for global courses by the IGS director. Students should share the syllabi and all written work for all courses they wish to count with the track or program director, respectively.

Because issues relating to global security transcend countries and regions, majors may learn any language taught at Middlebury. Students wishing to study in programs that focus on Global Security in an English-speaking country may do so, provided that they also study at least one semester on a Middlebury program in the region corresponding to their language.

For the class of 2022 and 2022.5 only: in lieu of study abroad, students will take, at a minimum, two language courses (at 300 level and above).

Other Requirements
All students are required to take an IGST 101 course, an IGST senior seminar and an advanced language course (upon returning from abroad).

Program in International and Global Studies

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