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. 

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
  1. Two courses on Int’l security issues
  2. One course on Societal security issues
  3. One course on Global security issues

Security Studies majors must learn a foreign language and 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

Robert A. Jones '59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753