Undergraduate Program

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The Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) seeks to educate exceptional undergraduate students in the area of international security, broadly defined.

Political Science majors selected for this competitive program gain access to specialized courses, research support, internship funding, and dedicated mentoring by accomplished thought leaders in the field.

Experienced Mentors 

Our professors have many decades of experience and offer extensive mentoring to help students attain internships and careers in the policy and academic sides of national security. 

NDISC professors, staff, and affiliates have worked at high levels in the Pentagon, founded the ND Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, worked in the policy world in Washington DC, and administered and attended the top graduate programs and post-graduate fellowships in the country.

We are constantly deepening our relationships with contacts in the field, the Notre Dame Career Center, the Washington Program, the Keough school, and other sources to help our students succeed, including the Kelly/Weiss Research Award Endowment for Excellence, which supports policy-relevant research conducted by Notre Dame undergraduate or graduate students. 

Certificate Program

The foundation of the International Security Studies Certificate focuses on bridging the policy-scholarly gap. Upon completion of the International Security Studies Program, undergraduate students will be well prepared for careers in policy and academia.

The International Security Studies Program is open to Political Science majors. The program helps students develop a broad understanding of international security theory and practice while building leadership and crisis management skills.

Students wishing to participate in the program should review the requirements and apply in the spring of their sophomore year. 

Kevin and Cynthia O’Brien Family Undergraduate Program in International Security

The Kevin and Cynthia O’Brien Family Undergraduate Program in International Security will equip tomorrow’s policymakers with the knowledge they need to ensure the security of the United States.

It offers a select group of political science majors the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of international security while building leadership and crisis management skills. The Program will be built upon the pillars of curriculum, experiential learning, and the world-class NDISC faculty.