NSSA Certificate Requirements

The National Security and Strategic Analysis (NSSA) Undergraduate Certificate Requirements
Undergraduate Certificate Program (from UNM Catalog)

Undergraduate NSSA certificates may be earned by successful completion of a prescribed program of study as described below for students also earning an undergraduate degree at UNM. The certificate is designed to provide specific knowledge and competencies to complement and extend the student's undergraduate degree and to provide exposure to a range of topics in the interdisciplinary field of national security and strategic analysis. The capstone is a demonstration of competency by the student through a coherent and critical analysis activity and academic paper based on their individual academic path and range of classes.

A student’s program of studies must satisfy the following requirements and be pre-approved by the NSSA Faculty Committee one year prior to graduation. An approval form is available on line and should be submitted to the NSSP office Mesa Vista 3019. Address questions to the NSSA Program Director, Professor Frank Gilfeather c/o National Security Studies Program, 3019 Mesa Vista Hall, or by e-mail: gilfeath@unm.edu. Upon completion of all requirements a completion form will be generated and a designation added to your transcript noting the completion of the NSSA Certificate.

To earn the NSSA Undergraduate Certificate the student must:

1.  Complete or have completed a baccalaureate degree at UNM.
2.  Take a 3 credit course, Introduction to National Security and Strategic Analysis, or a pre-approved alternate course.
3.  Take 9 credit hours of classes in groups A and B below with at least 3 credits from 
     each group.
     Group A - Political/Social Analysis
     Group B - Quantitative Analysis
     See additional discussion below in Courses in Group A and B
4.  Complete a field analysis or research analysis project related to national security, strategic analysis or intelligence analysis as at least a 2 credit independent study course. Complete either a or b below as part of this requirement.
a. An analysis paper based on work in an approved internship or
b. An analysis paper based on an independent and faculty directed research project.
5.  Take at least 3 semesters of a foreign language or demonstrate equivalent competency in a foreign language; or three additional courses in group B.

Shared Credit Hours between Undergraduate Certificates and Degrees
As long as courses taken for an undergraduate certificate fall within the prescribed time limits for an undergraduate degree, the University allows shared course work between undergraduate certificates and a baccalaureate degree. If the student completes the certificate in conjunction with an undergraduate degree program, the student may use 100% of the certificate course work toward an undergraduate degree as long as it is approved as part of the degree. For post-degree certificates courses should be taken in the last 6 years.

Capstone Project Details
For details on completing this requirement see the capstone project requirement description page.

Courses in Group A and B
Courses are not offered each year and some courses are topics or seminar courses.  For topics and seminar courses, approval of a specific topic is required by the NSSA Faculty Committee.  Other courses can substitute for these courses upon approval of the student's program by the committee. To encourage a multidisciplinary approach, at most 3 credits per department is allowed in each of Group A and B.  Only one course can be taken at the 100-200 level. Students need to be aware that many courses require one or more prerequisites, which may or may not count towards the certificate, thus effectively increasing the credit hours needed to earn the certificate.

Group A: 
AMST American Studies
     309 T: Globalization and Social Movements
BIOL Biology
     419 T: Global Change Biology
CE Civil Engineering
     491 ST: Sustainability Engineering
EPS Earth and Planetary Science
     436 Climate Dynamics
GEOG Geography
     352 Global Climate Change
     461 Environmental Management
     466 The City as Human Environment (Also offered as EPS 352)
ECON Economics
     421 Latin American Economics
     423 Topics in Latin American Development
     424 International Trade
     429 International Finance
ANTH Anthropology
     339 Human Rights
     340 T: Conservation, Environment & Indigenous People
AFST Africana Studies
     397 T: Global Health Policy
     397 T: Philosophy of Islamic Law
HIST History
     428 Women, War and Revolution
     473 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
     350 Modern U.S. Military History, 1900 to Present
CJ Communication and Journalism
     314 Intercultural Communications
     317 International Cultural Conflict and Community Building
     334 Political Communication
SOC Sociology
     461 Social Dynamic of Global Change
MGMT Business/Management
     328 International Management
     420 Management in Latin America
     421 International Entrepreneurship
     422 Mexican Economy Markets
     474 International Financial Mgmt
ME Mechanical Engineering
     217 Energy, Environment and Society
POLS Political Science
     240 International Politics
     340 Topics in International Politics.
     341 International Conflict and Cooperation.
     342 American Foreign Policy
     346 International Political Economy
     355 Central American Politics
     356 Political Development in Latin America
     357 Russian and Eurasian Government and Politics
     329 Introduction to African Politics
     340 Topics: International Organizations
     340 Topics: Insurgency
     342 American Foreign Policy
     442 International Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution
     443 International Politics of Climate Change
     496 Seminar: International Relations
     331 Evolution of Warfare                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MLSL Army ROTC
     402 Leadership in a Complex World
     400 National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty

Group B:
ECON Economics
     408 Economic Forecasting Methods:  A Time Series Approach
ANTH Anthropology
    372 Analytic Methods in Anthropology
GEOG Geography
    381L  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    480L Quantitative Methods in Geography
    483L Remote Sensing Fundamentals.
    482L Positioning Systems.
    485L Internet Mapping
    486L Applications of GIS
    487L Spatial Analysis and Modeling.
    488L GIS Concepts and Techniques
STAT Statistics
CS Computer Science
MGMT Business/Management
     329 Data Management
 CE Civil Engineering
     352 Computer Applications in Civil Engineering
     354 Probability and Statistics in Civil Engineering
     491/492 Special Topics in Civil Engineering
     493 Special Topics – Honors
 CHNE Chemical and Nuclear Engineering
     451/452 Senior Seminar
     491/492 Undergraduate Problems
     499 Selected Topics
 ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering
     491 Undergraduate Problems
     493 Honors Seminar
     495 Special Topics
 ME Mechanical Engineering
     461/462 Special Topics
     463 Undergraduate Honors Thesis