Minor in Strategic Studies

The minor in Strategic Studies affords a unique opportunity to gain a broad perspective on security issues, allowing focus on areas where a student may have additional educational requirements not offered in their chosen major field of study. The minor is appropriate for students of almost any major, particularly political science, economics, history, geography, journalism, and engineering. The program is also well suited for students in Army, Navy, or Air Force ROTC, providing a solid background for officers encountering the changing strategic environment of the twenty-first century.

Students may work for the defense department, national intelligence agencies, or other federal agencies, or any number of jobs related to security in the private and non-profit sectors.


Fifteen (15) credits are required for the minor in strategic studies, selected from the following:

  • POL SC 4410: Politics and War
  • POL SC 4411: Genocide, Terrorism, and Civil War
  • POL SC 4412: Strategy and Warfare
  • POL SC 4540: American Foreign Policies
  • MIL SC 3160: Death by a Thousand Cuts: Counterinsurgency/Insurgency
  • MIL SC 3161: The American Experience in Vietnam
  • MIL SC 3162: Counterinsurgency in Asia
  • HIST 4250: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1898-1945
  • HIST 4260: The Age of Ascendancy: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945 – Present

Of these, six (6) hours must be from political science courses and three (3) hours must be from military science courses. Students in the minor must maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) for courses in the minor.

Two courses in development will be part of the program:

  • PS 44xx: Coercive Diplomacy
  • PS 44xx: Human Security

General questions about the Strategic Studies minor should be addressed to the program director, Stephen L. Quackenbush (882-2082; quackenbushs@missouri.edu) or the academic advisor, Rebecca Fallon (882-2580; FallonRM@missouri.edu).

MU strategic studies minor brochure

MU strategic studies minor form

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