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Global and Homeland Security Concentration

The Global and Homeland Security concentration is designed for students who aspire to careers in defense ministries and departments, interior ministries and the US Department of Homeland Security, intelligence agencies, federal and state law enforcement, legislative staffs, international organizations oriented toward security, non-profit research institutes, policy advocacy organizations and security consulting firms.

Concentrating in Global and Homeland Security will increase students' understanding of:

  • Military strategy, defense policy, arms control and non-proliferation
  • Security cooperation at the regional and global levels
  • The origin, nature, and impact of terrorism and unconventional warfare
  • Border and transportation security; cybersecurity
  • Intelligence analysis and information sharing
  • Analytic, methodological, and technical skills for analyzing security/intelligence issues.

Study Under Distinguished Faculty Experts

Victor Asal Clary Bryan Early
Victor Asal Christopher Clary Bryan Early
Rey Koslowski Brian Nussbaum Jim Steiner
Rey Koslowski Brian Nussbaum Jim Steiner

Concentration Coordinator: Christopher Clary

Elective Courses that Fulfill Concentration Requirements

  • RINT 541 Homeland Security in Comparative & International Perspective
  • RINT 542 Intelligence and National Security Policymaking
  • RINT 543 Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism
  • RPOS 555 Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management and Policy
  • RPOS 581 Comparative Defense Policy
  • RPOS 584 American Foreign Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • RPOS 585 Information Technology and Homeland Security
  • RPAD 545 Principles and Practices of Cyber Security
  • RPAD 546 Homeland Security Risk Analysis and Risk Management
  • RPAD 553 Topics in Homeland Security and Terrorism
  • RPAD 556 Homeland Security Intelligence
  • RPAD 557 Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
  • RPAD 559 Homeland Security: Building Preparedness Capabilities
  • RPAD 569 Cyber Threats and Intelligence
  • RPAD 571 Military Forces in Support of Civil Authorities

Affiliated Research Centers

The Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) is dedicated to conducting research and outreach on policy issues that intersect the realms of economics and security. A range of important topics exist at this cross-roads, including the proliferation of strategic and military technologies, border security, illicit trade, and the use of sanctions, strategic trade controls, and foreign aid by governments as tools of economic statecraft. See www.albany.edu/pisces for more information.

The Project on Violent Conflict (PVC) studies all forms of political violence, including the study of terrorism, insurgency, rebellion, as well as intrastate and interstate war, through multidisciplinary research and collaboration with other centers, universities, small businesses, and government entities. PVC is currently working on multiple major projects primarily involving terrorism and insurgency and methods for countering them. Currently these projects are being funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation.  See www.albany.edu/pvc for more information.