Regional Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, and Africa) Certificate - Curriculum 246

Program Officer

Kenneth Ferguson, CDR, USN

Glasgow Hall Room 336

(831) 656-2067, DSN 756-2067

klfergus@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Naazneen H. Barma, Ph.D.

Code 38, Glasgow Hall, Room 355

(831) 656-6250, DSN 756-6250

nhbarma@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Academic Certificate Program in Regional Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, and Africa) is designed to provide region-specific knowledge for select senior enlisted and regionally-aligned force officers who will benefit from serious engagement with current academic and policy work on their region of specialization. The Certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of three graduate courses focusing on the region (12 credit hours), of which at least one course (4 credit hours) must be at the 4000-level. Each student’s required course work is developed individually under the direction of the cognizant Academic Associate, based on the relevant regional courses available during the quarter(s) when the student is in residence. Language maintenance courses at the Defense Language Institute may be taken simultaneously in conjunction with the Certificate Program, but do not count toward the Certificate. Students may begin their course of study in any academic quarter.

Entry Date

All quarters

Required Courses

Course offerings in NSA vary from year to year. The following illustrate what a (minimum) acceptable combination of courses might look like. Many other combinations are possible.

Example 1 (Middle East concentration)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3320US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

4

0

NS3330Comparative Politics of the Middle East

4

0

NS4315Security and Politics in Iran

4

0

Example 2 (South Asian concentration)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3668Politics and Security in South Asia

4

0

NS4661Contemporary Afghan Politics

4

0

NS4664Religious Activism in South Asian Politics

4

0

Example 3 (Sub-Saharan Africa concentration)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3301African History and Cultures

4

0

NS3311Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

4

0

NS4328Government and Security in the Horn of Africa

4

0