Apr 14, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog

International Security and Conflict Resolution

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OFFICE: Nasatir Hall 126
E-MAIL: iscor@sdsu.edu


Program Director: Varadarajan, Latha, Professor of Political Science (B.A., Ethiraj College; M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University; M.Phil, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota)

Adviser: CAL Student Success Center: caladvising@sdsu.edu

Core Faculty:

Alexeev, Mikhail, Professor of Political Science (Ph.D., University of Washington)

O’Brien, Cheryl M., Assistant Professor of Political Science (B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University)

Graubart, Jonathan, Professor of Political Science (M.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin)

Greb, Gregory Allen, Lecturer, Political Science (B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California San Diego)

Associated Faculty:

Asselin, Pierre, Professor of History, The Dwight E. Stanford Chair in American Foreign Relations (B.A., York University, Canada; M.A., University of Toronto, Canada; Ph.D., University of Hawaii)

Bartel, Rebecca, Associate Professor, Study of Religion (B.A., Canadian Mennonite University; M.A., Colombian University, Los Andes; Ph.D., University of Toronto)

Biggs, Trent W., Professor of Geography (B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara)

Carruthers, David, Professor of Political Science (B.A., Southern Oregon University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oregon)

Cheng, Grace, Director, Interdisciplinary Human Rights Initiative (Ph.D., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

Daddis, Gregory, Professor of History, USS Midway Chair in Modern US Military History (B.A., US Military Academy, Westpoint; M.A., Villanova University, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Dal Pubel, Luca, Lecturer, Political Science

Flanigan, Shawn T., Professor of Public Affairs (B.A., M.P.A., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany)

Foad, Hisham, Associate Professor of Economics (B.A., Kenyon College; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University)

Freiberg, Annika, Assistant Professor, History (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Johnston, Hank, Professor of Sociology and Hansen Chair of Peace and Nonviolence Studies (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego)

Pottathil, Akshay, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS)

The Major

The international security and conflict resolution (ISCOR) major at San Diego State University is an innovative interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of the political, moral, socioeconomic, and cultural dimensions to global conflict. Its interests extend well beyond conventional international security issues to encompass the broader analysis of global affairs. ISCOR exposes students to a multiplicity of ideological, regional, and cultural perspectives. Students will attain a comprehensive and multifaceted understanding of global affairs and the challenges to building a more peaceful, just, and ecologically sustainable global order. ISCOR students will develop a rich appreciation of both increased global interconnections (sometimes known as globalization) and enduring diversity in cultural practices, political systems, and economic systems. Students will also sharpen their skills in research and critical reasoning and develop expertise in specific global issues. Upon graduation, ISCOR students will be well positioned for advanced studies or for embarking upon careers in positions related to global affairs.

ISCOR is an interdisciplinary program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. It integrates coursework from subjects across the SDSU curriculum. All students are required to complete a set of core ISCOR courses and an integrated set of courses from one of three specializations: conflict in the global system, justice in the global system, and environment in the global system.


(Located in the College of Arts and Letters Student Success Center)

Students are required to get the signature of the ISCOR adviser in order to declare the major. All ISCOR majors are expected to communicate periodically with the ISCOR advisor throughout their undergraduate education to review and update their ISCOR Master Plan.


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