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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Strategic and Security Studies (B.A.)

Location(s): Dahlonega

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120 hours

The Bachelor of Arts in Strategic and Security Studies is a comprehensive interdisciplinary degree program that offers students seven concentrations from which to select: Cybersecurity, Geospatial Intelligence, History, Intelligence, International Affairs, Language, or Military Science. Each concentration builds upon a foundation of language learning through the 2002 level in the Field of Study as well as additional foundational courses focusing on internationalization from different disciplinary perspectives.

The program of study is comprised of an 21 hour interdisciplinary Common Curriculum that focuses on Military History, Political Science, and Geography courses. Each of the seven concentrations require 21 credit hours. The Study Abroad/International Internship requirement is at least 6 credit hours. In addition, students need to take 9 credit hours of select Political Science and History courses as well as 6 hours of electives.

No grade below “C” will be acceptable in any Political Science or International Affairs course or any course in the major area for Political Science, Strategic & Security Studies, or International Affairs majors.

Core IMPACTS - 42 hours

Refer to Core IMPACTS  

Institution: No exceptions

Mathematics: No exceptions

Citizenship: No exceptions

Humanities: No exceptions 

Writing: No exceptions

STEM: No exceptions (Note: Students choosing the Geospatial Intelligence Concentration should select GISC 2011/L)

Social Sciences: No exceptions

Major Requirements - 60 hours

Concentration - 21 hours



  • Modern Language 3001
  • Modern Language 3002
  • Modern Language 3xxx-4xxx
  • Modern Language 3xxx-4xxx
  • Modern Language 3xxx-4xxx
  • Modern Language 3xxx-4xxx or INTL 3xxx-4xxx
  • Modern Language 3xxx-4xxx or INTL 3xxx-4xxx

Military Science

  • MILS 3xxx-4xxx (with the exception of MILS 3005/3105/4005/4105)
  • MILS 3xxx-4xxx (with the exception of MILS 3005/3105/4005/4105)
  • Modern Language 3xxx-4xxx, HIST 3xxx-4xxx, INTL 3xxx-4xxx, POLS 3xxx-4xxx, or MILS 3xxx-4xxx (with the exception of MILS 3005/3105/4005/4105)
  • Modern Language 3xxx-4xxx, HIST 3xxx-4xxx, INTL 3xxx-4xxx, POLS 3xxx-4xxx, or MILS 3xxx-4xxx (with the exception of MILS 3005/3105/4005/4105)

Study Abroad/International Internship - 6 hours (3 of which are applied elsewhere in the student’s plan of study)

Policy governed by Department Head.

All SSST majors are required to complete at least 6 credit hours of an international internship and/or a study abroad program, 3 credit hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. A student’s international internship must be coordinated within their concentration. A student’s study abroad program can include courses from the following list of courses:

  • 3xxx/4xxx non-English language course
  • 3xxx/4xxx CRJU course
  • 3xxx/4xxx HIST course
  • 3xxx/4xxx INTL course
  • 3xxx/4xxx MILS course
  • 3xxx/4xxx POLS course

These courses are permissible for students as long as they are part of a recognized UNG-sanctioned study abroad program, or an international internship, which has been approved by the SSST coordinator. The Political Science & International Affairs Department Head can give exceptions to this policy at their discretion.

The Strategic and Security Studies program focuses on broad topics related to national security interests where international relations theory, intelligence and military power inform the construction of national security policy. This interdisciplinary program includes courses from the following areas: Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, Military Science, Critical Languages, History, International Affairs and Cyber-Security. Through this interdisciplinary program students will be introduced to various aspects of security and will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the seven areas of concentration for the degree. As part of this program students are expected to participate in a study abroad experience of at least 25 days in country generating at least 6 hours of academic credit or an international internship of 240 work hours in country to satisfy the international experiential requirement of the SSST major.

Electives - 6 hours in any course

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