National Security Track  

The mission of the Political Science Program’s National Security Track is threefold:

1 Provide opportunities to those interested in a career in the national security community

2 Develop the analytical and communicative skills necessary to be successful in this career path

3 Achieve a high level of appreciation towards the comprehensive nature of national security studies


  • PO103 American Federal Government

  • PO107 Central European Nations

  • PO108 International Politics

  • PO201 Classical Political Thought

  • PO202 Modern Political Thought

  • PO215 Politics of Latin America

  • PO313 Political Geography

  • PO315 American Foreign Policy

  • PO317 International Law & Organization

  • PO362 Senior Public Policy Seminar

  • CJ374 Terrorism

  • CJ380 Intelligence Analysis

  • LG355 Law in America

These courses provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of various methodologies and theories utilized by policy makers and academics in their analysis of foreign affairs. Students develop an advanced understanding of public policy, history, legal affairs, and geography necessary for them to achieve success in their future careers.


The National Security Track at DeSales University has developed close ties to numerous organizations within national security community. These relationships provide opportunities for students to develop themselves through: internships, graduate school programs, events, symposiums, personal contacts and networking"

*The National Security Track is a member of AFIO’s Academic Exchange Program 

Speakers and Field Trips

DeSales University hosts guest speakers through various forums on its campus, including:

  • Mr. Cameron La Clair, one of the founders of the CIA |download mp3

  • Former Director of the FBI Louis Freeh

  • General Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army

  • Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage

  • FBI Senior Legal Counsel M. E. “Spike” Bowman

The Political Science Program also sponsors field trips to places like: 

  • The United Nations

  • The National Cryptologic Museum at NSA, Ft. Meade, MD

  • The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.

  • The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • The AFIO Director of National Intelligence Luncheon, Washington, D.C.

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