National Security

National Security

: Academic Seminar

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May 10-23, 2015

Students and faculty will have an opportunity to be in Washington, D.C. and take a deep dive into many issues that pertain to national security – an experience that will open doors to students as they pursue their future careers. This program is comprised of two independent, yet complimentary weeks that will allow for students to go beyond what they learn in the classrooms to gain real world experience.


Week 1: Inside the Defense and Intelligence Community - May 10-16, 2015

With growing threats from terrorist groups, transnational networks, and rogue states, the United States and allied countries must contend with a complicated set of direct national security challenges—from weapons-of-mass-destruction, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism, to natural resource constraints. These threats have emerged in, and are affected by, an environment of growing globalization, technological innovation, and shifting geopolitical and economic power.


Such challenges have strained existing political and operational norms in the United States and raised concerns about the emerging challenges and how to deal with them. Through the guidance of a faculty director expert in national security issues, this program will examine how these changes impact the international arena, as well as explore how the U.S. can best respond to the myriad uncertainties present in the world today.


Week 2: Negotiating Global Challenges - May 17-23, 2015

Abroad, the new challenges stemming from terrorism and asymmetric threats, dramatic demographic shifts, and the rise of new centers of power have stressed existing alliances, forged new marriages of convenience, and required reassessments of global power dynamics. In this context, the United States finds itself addressing national security threats across the globe as the sole superpower, with diminishing reach and leverage.


Nowhere are these challenges more urgent for U.S. and international security as the new generation – your generation – confronts and changes the status quo and searches for more responsive regimes, not only in the Middle East and Africa, but also in potential other hotspots such as Asia.


Through site visits, tours, and special events, faculty and students from colleges across the country will have the unique opportunity to:


  • Understand the inner workings of the U.S. national security landscape
  • Build a professional network and explore potential career paths
  • Interact with nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the national security fields

The learning does not have to end with the academic seminar – some faculty and students have integrated these experiences into additional learning opportunities when they return to campus.


Additional Information

This program runs from May 10-23, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Students will have the unique opportunity to witness history and attend special events, including a reception at the National Press Club. The program fee of $1,895 for one week or $2,195 for two weeks includes housing and credit, when proper arrangements are made with your institution. For those interested in bringing a group, please contact


Application Deadline

We are currently accepting applications for this seminar until the April 10, 2015 deadline. For more information, please contact us at


How to Apply

Begin an online application.

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