Global Peace and Security Studies

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $255.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $387.00

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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  


Chuck Rowling, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Chuck Rowling's research interests include media and U.S. foreign policy, strategic political communication, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, national identity and international confict and framing and public opinion.

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 


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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Choose two of the following courses:6

Course Number:

PSCI 320 Politics and Law of Intentional Human Rights PSCI 348 Military Politics and Civil-Military Relations PSCI 367 Human Security and Global Peacekeeping

PSCI 168Introduction to International Relations3

Course Number: PSCI 168

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.

PSCI 269The Institutions and Processes of the United Nations3

Course Number: PSCI 269

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HIST 327World War I3

Course Number: HIST 327

This course examines the causes, course and effects of World War I in Europe and the wider world. It places the conflict in the context of a rapidly industrializing continent at the beginning of the twentieth century and explains how the Great War was the disaster of the century, one that set the stage for many of the conflicts that followed.

HIST 328World War II3

Course Number: HIST 328

This course survey the political, ideological, economic and military causes of World War II and discusses the political and military history of the conflict.

HIST 408War and Society3

Course Number: HIST 408

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of military history. Students will tackle the debate on old vs. new military history. In particular students will examine the impact of social studies or the evolution of military history. A considerable portion of the course will also be spent on examining military history in a non-western setting.

HIST 422Nazi Germany3

Course Number: HIST 422

This is an upper level course that focuses on the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust from 1919 to 1945. It is designed to give students a more in-depth understanding of the events those years and to show how the events that took place in Europe between 1933 and 1945 not only led to the most destructive war of the twentieth century, but led to the worst atrocity in recorded history - the Holocaust.

HIST 455Comparative Studies in Ethnic Conflict3

Course Number: HIST 455

This course is designed to engage students in an intense study of theories of ethnic conflict. Students will also be involved in a comparative study of the militarization of ethnic conflict in various regions of the world.

PSCI 320Politics and Law of International Human Rights3

Course Number: PSCI 320

This course explores the emergence and development, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, of an international movement dedicated to the promotion and enforcement of human rights around the world. Beginning with the UN Charter (1945) and the subsequent Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the international community sought to create a system of norms, laws and institutions focused on not only preventing the horrors of the Holocaust from happening again, but to also establish a set of universal rights and protections for all individuals, regardless of nationality, race, religion, gender, etc. With this in mind, we will examine the broader goals and accomplishments of this movement from its inception to today, the obstacles that remain and the various actors and institutions, at both the national and international levels, that have been involved in influencing the evolution and character of the movement. In particular, we will address the importance of states, IGOs, NGOs and other local actors (scholars, judges, citizen activists, etc.) and explore how state sovereignty, concerns over national security, the issue of enforcement and cultural relativism have served as barriers to the broader human rights movement.

PSCI 332Environmental Politics and Policy3

Course Number: PSCI 332

This course examines the environment as a public policy issue. Contemporary case studies of environmental policy concerning water, air, land use, habitat protection, climate change and the like will be used to develop an understanding of the political, legal and ethical aspects of public policy on environmental matters.

PSCI 341Politics of the Drug War3

Course Number: PSCI 341

This course examines theoretical frameworks and empirical research about the interaction between illegal drugs and politics. It provides an overview specifically of the U.S. war on drugs, its history and consequences for democratic politics and development in the United States, Latin America and other regions of the world. The course also examines potential alternatives to U.S. drug policy, including drug legalization and drug decriminalization.

PSCI 342Politics of Globalization3

Course Number: PSCI 342

This course explores the process of globalization - the various political, economic, cultural and social changes that have, and continue to, transform our world. The goal of the course is to clarify what globalization is and how it is affecting societies around the world. For instance, the course focuses on issues such as global trade, the global spread of western values and ideas, threats to the power of nation-states as well as the existence of transnational social movements.

PSCI 344Politics of the Developed World3

Course Number: PSCI 344

A comparative study of politics and government in the major industrial democracies. The United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan are featured; assumes basic knowledge of American government.

PSCI 348Military Politics and Civil-Military Relations3

Course Number: PSCI 348

The military stands among the most significant actors within the politics of countries in the developed and developing world. Historically, the armed forces have played multiple roles, including nation-builder, defender of the state and national heritage, government, ideological indoctrinator, social reformist, repressor, interest group, vocational trainer and business class. The military retains many of these roles in the United States, Latin America and Africa. Its position within the United States has historically not been as dramatic as in other countries, however its influence upon U.S. defense and budgetary policy is substantial as well as its influence upon U.S. political culture in general. In the first part of this class we will seek to understand the role of the U.S. military in U.S. politics and the interactions between civil society and civilian authorities with the armed forces. The second part of the class addresses the military's role in directly governing and/or regularly undermining the establishment of consolidated democracies in Latin America and Africa. Finally, in the last part of the class we will examine the large role played by the military in the democratization process, specifically its historical role in U.S. democracy promotion projects.

PSCI 367Human Security and Global Peacekeeping3

Course Number: PSCI 367

This course introduces students to the issues of human security and global peacekeeping. By examining a series of topics that are closely related to these matters, this class intends to promote the ability to critically analyze various conflicts around the world. Through class exercises and writing assignments, students are expected to develop their skills in constructing arguments and making political judgments in the field of international security.

PSCI 368International Law and Organization3

Course Number: PSCI 368

This course focuses on the role of law in international politics, as well as on the key international organizations. The evolution, structure, functions, problems and performance of the United Nations and its specialized agencies are emphasized.

PSCI 369International Political Economy3

Course Number: PSCI 369

This course explores the linkages between politics and economics in the international arena. Topics include: origins of a world economy, American hegemony, theories of cooperation, East-West relations, North-South relations, multinational corporations and global interdependence.

PSCI 370American Foreign Policy3

Course Number: PSCI 370

A study of foreign policy decision making processes with special emphasis on the role of the President, the Congress, the various bureaucratic actors (i.e. National Security Council, the State Department, the Pentagon and the CIA) as well as several case studies focusing on contemporary diplomatic problems.

PSCI 434U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East3

Course Number: PSCI 434

Since World War II, few regions in the world have been as important to the United States and its interests as the Middle East. From the Cold War to the post 9/11 era, strategic, economic and moral imperatives have brought about considerable U.S. involvement in the region. This class examines the Middle East through the lens of American foreign policy. Our lectures, readings and discussions will focus on the development, implementation and effects of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East from 1945 to the present. We will also examine how American foreign policies are perceived, understood and treated through Middle Eastern perspectives. Some of the topics we will cover in the course will include: the politics surrounding the birth of Israel, U.S.-Soviet competition for influence in the region during the Cold War, the rise of Arab nationalism, the conflicts in Iran, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt, issues of resources and economic development in the Middle East as they relate to U.S. interests, terrorism and the ongoing violence in Syria and Iraq.

PSCI 456Field Study1-3

Course Number: PSCI 456

Field study is designed to combine classroom study with experiences outside the classroom to give students opportunities for discussions with public officials or other firsthand knowledge of the subject. Field studies in the past have focused on study of the actors and processes of foreign policymaking with a one-week trip to Washington, DC, to meet with policymakers. The topics for subsequent field studies may vary. Students may repeat the field study course up to 6 hours credit with different topics.

PSCI 468War in World Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 468

This course examines the causes and consequences of war in world politics, as well as those methods by which states and other actors attempt to manage it and provide for peace.

PSCI 475Internship in Political Science1-6

Course Number: PSCI 475

Designed to provide an on-the-job learning experience that will enhance the student's understanding of politics and provide a glimpse of government-in-action. Internships are usually student initiated. Students wishing to take this course must obtain written approval in advance from the Department Chair.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $255.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $312.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $765.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $936.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $387.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $444.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1161.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $1332.75

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