Global Peace & Security Studies, Minor

Minor in Global Peace and Security Studies

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 18
    Credits
  • $259.00
    In-State
  • $396.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online minor in Global Peace and Security Studies equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, resolve and prevent conflict in a global context. Through interdisciplinary coursework, students will explore institutions, processes, and policies that contribute to global peace and security (versus those that lead to insecurity, conflict, and war). Courses cover topics in:

  • International relations 
  • Civil-military relations 
  • Human rights 
  • The United Nations 
  • International law 
  • Peacekeeping 
  • Nonviolence 

To maximize your real-world application of global peace and security studies, UNK faculty can help you coordinate field study or internship opportunities near your area as elective courses toward the minor.

Note: This program begins in Fall 2019, but you can start courses now that will apply toward the minor.

Expertise in this field supports careers in:

  • Various agencies within the U.S. State Department 
  • Intergovernmental organizations 
  • Nongovernmental organizations 
  • Journalism 
  • Education 
  • History 
  • Social work 
  • Other disciplines

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High School Diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions 
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee 


Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 269The Institutions and Processes of the United Nations3
This course examines the role of the United Nations within the international system. We will explore its history and structure as well as the various opportunities and challenges that it faces in shaping the international system today. Emphasis will be placed on the main bodies (Security Council, General Assembly, ECOSOC, UN Secretariat and Secretary-General) and agencies that operate within the United Nations and analyzing how well the UN has addressed issues such as international peace and security, human rights, the environment, global poverty, genocide and peacekeeping, among others. Attention will be given, in particular, to how the United Nations might be reformed to improve its overall effectiveness.
PSCI 168Introduction to International Relations3
A study of contemporary international relations, the changing global system, the role of the nation-state and other actors, the means and ends of power, the causes and consequences of war and the perennial pursuit of peace.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 269The Institutions and Processes of the United Nations3
This course examines the role of the United Nations within the international system. We will explore its history and structure as well as the various opportunities and challenges that it faces in shaping the international system today. Emphasis will be placed on the main bodies (Security Council, General Assembly, ECOSOC, UN Secretariat and Secretary-General) and agencies that operate within the United Nations and analyzing how well the UN has addressed issues such as international peace and security, human rights, the environment, global poverty, genocide and peacekeeping, among others. Attention will be given, in particular, to how the United Nations might be reformed to improve its overall effectiveness.
PSCI 168Introduction to International Relations3
A study of contemporary international relations, the changing global system, the role of the nation-state and other actors, the means and ends of power, the causes and consequences of war and the perennial pursuit of peace.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 269The Institutions and Processes of the United Nations3
This course examines the role of the United Nations within the international system. We will explore its history and structure as well as the various opportunities and challenges that it faces in shaping the international system today. Emphasis will be placed on the main bodies (Security Council, General Assembly, ECOSOC, UN Secretariat and Secretary-General) and agencies that operate within the United Nations and analyzing how well the UN has addressed issues such as international peace and security, human rights, the environment, global poverty, genocide and peacekeeping, among others. Attention will be given, in particular, to how the United Nations might be reformed to improve its overall effectiveness.
PSCI 168Introduction to International Relations3
A study of contemporary international relations, the changing global system, the role of the nation-state and other actors, the means and ends of power, the causes and consequences of war and the perennial pursuit of peace.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$259.00
Fees
$57.25
Total
$316.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$777.00
Fees
$171.75
Total
$948.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$396.00
Fees
$57.25
Total
$453.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1188.00
Fees
$171.75
Total
$1359.75
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.