July 31, 2014


Undergraduate Minor in Global Security Studies (GSST)

The Global Security Studies minor prepares students for careers in Intelligence, National Security and other sectors of the global economy through advanced interdisciplinary studies. This degree will broaden the skill sets of students through focus on advanced research, effective cross-discipline team communication, and critical analysis. Given that jobs in government or private industry often require multidisciplinary cooperation, the GSS Minor will prepare students to work with people from different backgrounds, abilities, and knowledge bases. With this approach, students will have the opportunity to gain the perspective and proficiency of multiple disciplines to be more prepared for any career in the global economy.

 How it Works:

The minor will consist of 18 credit hours; 9 in core course sequence and 9 in content cluster studies outside of a student’s major.
Through the CORE SEQUENCE, students will learn how skill sets relate to the global context of intelligence/security work and gain the skills to integrate these while working on teams with others from fields of study different from their own.
The core courses consist of:
    1. GSST 3300 – Global Security
    2. GSST 3320 – Interdisciplinary Research & Analysis
    3. GSST 4300 – Practicum in Global Security
Through the CONTENT CLUSTER, students will learn skill sets in a new field of study to develop an interdisciplinary background in that will benefit the student’s career goal and enhance the student’s critical thinking skills.
The content cluster courses will consist of pre-selected courses in the following fields:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Addictions - Rehab & Social Work
  • Disability - Rehabilitation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Linguistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Political Science

Degree Plan

To Join the GSS Undergraduate Minor:

  1. Visit your Major advisor, or the GSS Office and fill out a Major Change Form.
  2. Make an appointment with a GSS advisor at the GSS office CSBS 229
1201 W. University Drive Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
956/665-UTPA  1-866-441-UTPA
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