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SSCP has four components totaling 24 semester credit hours: Core courses, analytical skills, language skills, and designated electives. Except for the foreign language component (other than those specializing in Latin America and taking Level-III and Level-IV Spanish language courses at NCCU), nothing in SSCP requires NCCU students to go off-campus for completing the certificate program. The specific courses for SSCP are listed in the online ACALOG.
Core Courses = 9 credit hours
Analytical Skills = 3 credit hours
Language Skills = 6 credit hours
Designated Electives = 6 credit hours

24 credit hours

2 Core Courses in SECURITY STUDIES: Students MUST complete POLS-2115: Introduction to International Politics (or its equivalent) before registering for the required two courses in security studies listed below.

  • POLS-3730: Global Security (3)
  • POLS-3740: Transnational Human Security (3)
1 Core Course in REGIONAL AREA: Students in the Department of Political Science MUST complete POLS-2110: Introduction to Comparative Politics (or its equivalent) before registering for the required one POLS regional area course listed below. Likewise, students opting for a non-POLS regional area course MUST complete a related survey course from their respective departments before registering for the required one non-POLS regional area course listed below. Please, see course pre-requisite for your respective non-POLS departments. 
A regional area course will include the following offered at NCCU:
  • POLS-4520: Middle Eastern Politics (3)
  • ENG-4200: Modern African Literature (3)
  • HIST-3440: Africa Since Independence (3)
  • POLS-4510: Sub-Saharan African Politics (3)
  • HIST-2620: Latin American History: The National Period (3)
  • HIST-3630: History of Central America (3)
  • ENG-2410: Sacred Texts and Traditions of South Asia (3)
  • HIST-3010: Problems in European History (3)
  • POLS-3400: European Politics (3)
Even though PHIL-2300: Logic is preferred for analytical skills, and valued by prospective employers in security and intelligence, it can be substituted with PHIL-2000: Critical Thinking under special circumstances with prior approval from the SSCP Coordinator. 
Students will be expected to complete LEVEL-III and LEVEL-IV course sequence of a foreign language (with prior completion of Level-I and Level-II of the same language). Foreign language MUST be related to regional specialization. In concentrating on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, the critical languages for SSCP are Arabic and Swahili. However, students may learn other languages commensurate with their regional interest and specialization: Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), French, German, Russian, Spanish, etc. The U.S. Department of State has identified a list of “critical languages” and sponsors a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program that fully funds summer overseas language learning and cultural immersion experience. 
Level-III and Level-IV language courses will include the following offered at NCCU:
  • SPAN-2100: Intermediate Spanish I (3)
  • SPAN-2200: Intermediate Spanish II (3)
Language and regional area courses not offered by NCCU can be taken from universities with which NCCU has an inter-institutional agreement, under which NCCU students pay NCCU tuition fee for the course:
  • Duke University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
A limited sequence of some language courses can also be taken by video conference. These courses are listed on the UNC Online World Language Course Exchange. The James E. Shepard Memorial Library at NCCU has a video conference facility. Students can reserve the video conference room for class periods.
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