B.S. in Global Conflict Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Global Conflict Studies, offers students a variety of courses that use a multidisciplinary approach to provide an understanding of the root causes of human conflict; a knowledge of the history of the major regions of the world and their interactions; the theory behind the management of conflict; the major global security challenges of the day; and a foundation in the methodology, technology, and political processes that attempt to prevent or resolve conflicts. Study-abroad opportunities, language acquisition, and cross-cultural internships provide students with a unique learning experience. The addition of bilingual or multilingual skills in a strategic language gives students the edge to be competitive in the marketplace.

Global Conflict Studies provides a foundation that prepares students who want to live and work in a multicultural environment as: an employee of a homeland defense and security enterprise; a member of the U.S. military; a foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department; an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. military or in the private sector; a member of US AID; a volunteer for the Peace Corps; an employee for an international corporation; and a worker for the United Nations, the International Red Cross, or similar non-government entities. Global Conflict Studies majors can also succeed at the graduate level in a variety of related fields including history, political science, economics, human resiliency, and conflict resolution.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Global Conflict Studies requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters. Students can also pursue two of Embry-Riddle’s many minors, including Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, Business Administration, Communication and Broadcast Media, Forensic Accounting, Terrorism Studies, or Homeland Security. Students are also required to complete a 3 hour capstone project and either a 300-hour internship/cooperative education experience or 3 hours of senior thesis.

B.S. in Global Conflict Studies with Two Breadth Areas

General Education36
Global Conflict Studies Core30
Breadth Area30
Program Support24
Total Credits120

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Communications Theory and Skills9
Humanities Lower level 3
Social Sciences Lower level3
Humanities or Social Science - Lower or Upper level *3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Upper level *3
Computer Science3
Physical and Life Sciences6
Total Credits36

Core Requirements

GCS 101Introduction to Global Conflict Studies3
GCS 204Introduction to Research Methods3
SS 115Introduction to International Relations3
Select nine of the following:27
War, Terrorism and Diplomacy in Cyberspace
International Conflict Resolution
Gender Security
Theories of Nations and Nationalism
Transnational Crime
Topics in Global Conflict Studies
U.S Military History 1775-1900
U.S. Military History 1900-Present
International Studies
Russian-U.S. Relations
U.S. - Asian Relations
Contemporary Africa and the World
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
Globalization and World Politics
Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
Early U.S. Foreign Policy
Inter-American Relations
CEGCS 396Coop Ed Global Conflict Studies1-6
GCS 490Capstone in Global Conflict Studies3
Open Electives15
Breadth Area
Students are strongly encouraged to complete their breadth requirement with two minors (minimum of 30 credit hours total) or one minor and a "coherent block of credits" approved by the GCS program coordinator.
Total Credits85-90
Total Degree Credits120

Suggested Plan of Study

Freshman Year
BA 120 Introduction to Computer Based Systems 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
GCS 101 Introduction to Global Conflict Studies 3
GCS 204 Introduction to Research Methods 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
MA 220 Quantitative Methods II 3
PS 116 Foundations in the Sciences 3
SS 110 World History 3
U.S. History
SS 115 Introduction to International Relations 3
HU 14X Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Sophomore Year
COM 219 Speech 3
Physical Science Elective with lab 3
Upper Level Social Science Electives 6
GCS 304  3
Open Electives 6
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
GCS 308 Transnational Crime 3
GCS 300 International Conflict Resolution 3
Lower Level Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Junior Year
GCS 302 Gender Security 3
Upper Level Social Science Elective 3
Upper Level GCS or Social Science Elective 3
GCS 306 Theories of Nations and Nationalism 3
Breadth Area 18
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Open Electives 9
GCS 490 Capstone in Global Conflict Studies 3
Breadth Area 12
 Credits Subtotal27.0
 Credits Total: 120.0