GNS / BALA requirements

Global and National Security (GNS) Concentration / Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Integrative Studies (LAISBLA) Degree, University College (UC), UNM

CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW 2018-19 BLA FLIER. And HERE for the Plan of Study.

HERE is the list of NSSP (GNS) LAIS classes for SPRING 2019.


The Global and National Security concentration to the BLA degree is designed for students who wish to focus on analysis of global and national security issues and to their potential solutions. An understanding of the policy and technical elements of global and national trends is essential to being able to analyze issues and threats related to global and national security. To complete this concentration, students must take: basic critical thinking and quantitative analysis, a foreign (non-English) language sequence, a three credit-hour foundational course that introduces concepts of global and national security, as well as, an additional twenty-one hours of global and national security selected upper division (300 - ­499) with no more than nine (9) credits in any one area.

Students must complete all requirements for the BLA degree under LAIS in UC and complete the concentration program outlined below. Following the concentration below and the BLA requirements will constitute an acceptable BLA program under LAIS. This BLA Concentration is to be offered through University College, Liberal Arts and Integrated Studies (LAIS) Program. The concentration will be supported in UC LAIS division by a faculty advisory committee through the UNM National Security Studies Program (NSSP) which is part of the new Global and National Security Policy Institute (GNSPI). Contact the LAIS program advisors in University College at  277-0122 or NSSP advisors at 277-3223 for more program details.

A closely related certificate is also offered at UNM through UC. The National Security and Strategic Analysis (NSSA) Certificate, which has a focus on analysis of global and national security issues, is open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates.


1.    Basic critical thinking and quantitative analysis:

  • PHIL 156 / Reasoning and Critical Thinking, (3 cr),
  • STAT 145 / Intro to Statistics (3 cr) or a (3 cr) math/stat class above Stat 145 and Math 153
  • CS151L / Programming Fundamentals for Non-Majors (3 cr) or higher.

2.   Nine (9) credit hours, chosen from:

  • ANTH 130 / Cultures of the World
  • SOC 221 / Globalization and Human Rights
  • POLS 220 / Comparative Politics
  • RELG 107 / Living World Religions
  • AMST 185 / Introduction to Race, Class, and Ethnicity

3.  Twelve (12) credits of a single foreign (non-English) language with 6 credits above 200.

4.  Intro to Global and Nat Security LAIS 340 (3 cr). 

5.  In addition, Twenty-one (21) credit hours of Upper Division "Global and National Security Electives" chosen from the list available on the BLA / NSSP GNS website or from a BLA advisor. No more than 9 credit hours from any one area. 

Shared Credit Hours between Undergraduate Certificates and Degrees: 

If 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 a certificate in conjunction with an undergraduate degree program, the student may use 100% of the certificate course work toward an undergraduate degree if it is approved as part of the degree.

Global and National Security (GNS) Concentration Electives Bachelors of Liberal Arts (BLA) Degree, University College (UC), UNM

All courses titled as "Topics", "Seminar", "Studies", or "Problems" need individual approval by BLA advisor prior to enrollment to count towards the degree requirements. Other courses not listed below may be pre-approved by the BLA advisor, such as many STEM courses above 300. In either case, students should present to the advisor a description of the course indicating topics relating to global and national security.

AFAS-Aerospace Studies

300 Air Force Leadership Studies

301 Air Force Leadership Studies

AFST-Africana Studies

315  Race and the Law

317 Civil Rights Movement

329  Introduction to African Politics

397  Interdisciplinary Topics

495 Topics in Africana Studies     

AMST-American Studies

309 / 509  Topics in Social Movements

310 / 510. Topics in Cultural Studies

320 Topics in Environmental and Social Justice [Topics in Environment, Science and Technology]

350 / 550  Topics in Race, Class, Ethnicity

353 Race Relations in America


330  Principles of Cultural Anthropology

333 / 533  Ritual Symbols and Behavior

339/539 Human Rights in Anthropology

340 Topics in Cultural Anthropology

343 / 543 Latin American Cultures and Societies

420 Topics in Archaeology


310  Principles of Ecology

379  Conservation Biology

405 / 505 Ecosystem Dynamics

445 / 545 Biology of Toxins

475 / 575 Community Ecology

480 / 580 Global Change Biology

CJ-Communication and Journalism

313  EcoCultural Communication: Humans and "The Environment"

314 Intercultural Communications

317 International Cultural Conflict and Community Building

320 Conflict Management and Mediation

323 Nonverbal Communication

334 Political Communication

393 Topics in Communication and Journalism

ECON Economics

309 Introductory Statistics and Econometrics (substitute for Stat 314 requirement)

320 Labor Economics

321 Development Economics

331 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination

395 Seminar in Current Economic Issues

421 Latin American Economics

423 Topics in Latin American Development

424 International Trade

429 International Finance


352  Global Climate Change

381L  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

450 Environmental Hazards

464 / 564 Food and Natural Resources

467 / 567 Governing the Global Environment

483L / 583L Remote Sensing Fundamentals

499 Topics in Geography

HIST History

300 / 500  Studies in History

311  World War I, 1914-1918

313 / 513 World War II and Reconstruction in Europe

341 U.S. Foreign Relations from 1900.

350 / 550 Modern U.S. Military History, 1900 to Present

403 / 603 The Russian Empire: History at the Peripheries

406 / 606 The Medieval and Modern Apocalypse

422 / 622 Modern European Imperialism

432 / 632 Explorations in Russian and Eurasian Environmental History

441/641 History of Religion in America

465 / 645 History of Mexican Immigration

469/649 Inter-American Relations

473/653 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America

481/661 Intellectual History of Islam

INTS-International Studies

499 Topics in International Studies

LTAM-Latin American Studies

400 Topics in Latin American Studies


328  International Management

421  International Entrepreneurship

450  Computer-Based Information Systems

459  Information Analysis

470  Financial Markets and Institutions

474  International Financial Management


MLSL 302/302L  Leadership in Changing Environments/Lab

MLSL 402/402L  Leadership in a Complex World/Lab


NVSC 401  Leadership and Management

NVSC 407  Leadership and Ethics

PCST-Peace Studies

306  Peace and Conflict

307  Nonviolent Alternatives

340  Topics in Peace Studies

PHIL Philosophy

366 Chinese Philosophy

365 Philosophy of Religion

381 Philosophy of Law

POLS-Political Sciences

300 Political Topics

307 The Politics of Ethnic Groups

315 Constitutional Law: Powers

316 Constitutional Law: Liberties

317 Constitutional Law: Rights

320 Topics in Comparative Politics

329 Introduction to African Politics

340 Topics in International Politics

341 International Conflict and Cooperation

342 American Foreign Policy

346 / 512 International Political Economy

354 Introduction to Latin American Society I: Social Sciences

356 Political Development in Latin America

372 Urban Politics

376 Health Policy and Politics

377 Population Policy and Politics

400 Advanced Political Topics

442 International Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution

443 International Politics of Climate Change

478 Seminar in International Studies

496 Undergraduate Seminar

 PSY Psychology

374 Cross Cultural Psychology

RELG-Religious Studies

333  Ritual Symbols and Behavior


306  Peace and Conflict

312  Causes of Crime and Delinquency

398  Special Topics in Sociology

415 Inequality and Power

452  Community Organizing and the Struggle for Justice in America Peace Studies

461 Visualizing Global Change


402 Topics in Sustainability Studies

*Here is a PDF of the upper division ELECTIVES for BALA