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

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.

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, as well as those in other majors with a demonstrated interest in international security issues. 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 their freshman, sophomore, or junior year. 

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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.


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