Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Multidisciplinary Studies, BS/Security Studies, MS

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Program Coordinator: Armin Krishnan (A-119 Brewster Building; 252-328-6156; krishnana@ecu.edu)

The Multidisciplinary Studies, BS/Security Studies, MS accelerated program is initiated while undergraduates are completing the Multidisciplinary Studies, BS  (security studies structured concentration ) and is intended for outstanding undergraduates. Eligible students accepted into the program may double-count up to 12 semester hours of approved graduate coursework towards completion of both degrees. 

ECU undergraduate multidisciplinary studies students with a structured concentration in security studies and a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA and a B or higher in POLS 2090 or other writing cognate may apply to the accelerated program during the semester in which they expect to complete a minimum of 75 eligible undergraduate semester hours. Upon acceptance by the Department of Political Science and the submission of the Request to Pursue an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Program online form by the graduate program director, the student can begin taking graduate courses the following semester. Students should apply for undergraduate graduation one semester prior to completing the undergraduate degree requirements and should apply for formal admission to the graduate program by the advertised application deadline for the desired term of admission. The desired term of admission is the semester following the expected undergraduate graduation term. Complete instructions are found in the Admissions and Readmissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain eligible to participate in the accelerated program. Undergraduate accelerated program students earning a grade of C in any graduate course can count that course toward the bachelor’s degree but will no longer be eligible to take additional graduate courses and are dismissed from the accelerated program. Students will be able to reapply to the Security Studies, MS program.

Students in the accelerated program who have a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 at the time of undergraduate graduation will be placed on academic probation in their first semester in the master’s program. They will be subject to dismissal from the program if they do not achieve a graduate level GPA of 3.0 in courses related to their program of study after 9 semester hours of graduate credit attempted.

Students accepted into the Multidisciplinary Studies, BS/Security Studies, MS accelerated program can take up to 12 s.h. from the following courses:

  • POLS 6080 - American Foreign Relations (for POLS 3144 )
  • POLS 6360 - Causes of International War (for POLS 3290 )
  • POLS 6382 - Global Terrorism (for POLS 4382 )
  • POLS 6425 - War, Peace and Security in the Middle East (for POLS 3260 )
  • POLS 6440 - Seminar in International Organization (for POLS 3293 )
  • SECS 6000 - Security Studies Foundations (for SECS 1000 )
  • SECS 6155 - Changing Nature of National Security Policy (for POLS 3155 )
  • SECS 6260 - Intelligence and National Security (for POLS 3180 )
  • SECS 6300 - Research Methods for Security Studies (for POLS 3031 )
  • SECS 6350 - Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) (for POLS 3080 )
  • SECS 6430 - Special Topics Seminar (for POLS 3080  with security-related topic)

Graduate courses that may count towards undergraduate electives:

  • BIOL 6110 - Bioterrorism and Biosecurity
  • EHST 6010 - Fundamentals of Environmental Health
  • EHST 6100 - Elements in Environmental Engineering
  • HIST 6210 - War and Society
  • HIST 6260 - The United States and the Middle East, 1783 to the Present
  • ICTN 6823 - Information Security Management *
  • ICTN 6865 - Fundamental Network Security *
  • ICTN 6878 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology
  • IDIS 6515 - Logistical Security and Safety Management *
  • INTL 6005 - Communication Across Cultures
  • INTL 6105 - Global Issues
  • INTL 6500 - International Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • INTL 6510 - Global and Multicultural Discourse
  • JUST 5000 - Comparative Criminal Justice
  • JUST 6502 - Criminal Justice and Terrorism
  • JUST 6620 - Transnational Crime
  • PADM 6163 - Environmental Policy Analysis
  • PADM 6170 - Intergovernmental/Interagency Relations
  • PADM 6220 - Leadership and Ethics in the Public Sector
  • PLAN 6015 - Hazards and Emergency/Disaster Planning
  • SAFT 6290 - Fire Protection and Prevention and Emergency Management
  • SAFT 6402 - Applied Safety Management
  • SAFT 6410 - Systems Safety and Risk Analysis
  • SECS 6250 - Policy and Practice of Security
  • SECS 6270 - Intelligence Analysis
  • SECS 6320 - Cyber Warfare and Security
  • SECS 6330 - Covert Action and Hybrid Warfare
  • SECS 6380 - The Art of Statecraft and International Security
  • SECS 6390 - Human Security
  • SECS 6400 - The Foundation of Homeland Security and Defense
  • SECS 6420 - Globalization and Security
  • SOCI 5500 - Seminar in Population

*A prerequisite of ITEC 6060 is required for this course. 

Admission Process

Students interested in the accelerated program should speak with the graduate program director to determine admissibility into the program. Following this discussion, the student and graduate program director should follow the procedures outlined in the Admission and Readmission section of the graduate catalog.

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