Regional Security Studies (Western Hemisphere) Certificate - Curriculum 248

Program Officer

Kenneth Ferguson, CDR, USN

Glasgow Hall Room 336

(831) 656-2067, DSN 756-2067

klfergus@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Christopher Darnton, Ph.D.

Code 38, Glasgow Hall, Room 361

(831) 656-7729, DSN 756-7729

cndarnto@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Academic Certificate Program in Regional Security Studies (Western Hemisphere) 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

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3501History and Cultures of Latin America

4

0

NS3510Government and Politics in Latin America

4

0

NS4560Seminar on Latin American Security Issues

4

0

Example 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3520Latin American International Relations

4

0

NS3560Political and Social Change in the Andes

4

0

NS4540The Political Economy of Latin America

4

0

Example 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3501History and Cultures of Latin America

4

0

NS4501Politics, Film and Fiction in Latin America

4

0

NS4059Special Topics: Latin America

4

0