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Global Analysis (GLA) Course Descriptions

Department of Political Science and Geography, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


GLA 3013  Introduction to Global Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An overview of global conditions and events traditionally subject to analysis by American and international organizations, such as defense and security concerns, economic development, natural resources, human migration, terrorism, arms transfers and weapons proliferation, natural disasters, and international cooperation. Provides an overview of how government and private sector organizations respond and how they engage in defense, diplomacy, intelligence, etc. Discusses the role and operations of analytical functions in government and private organizations. May be taught from different perspectives depending upon faculty expertise and interests. (Same as POL 3273. Credit cannot be earned for both GLA 3013 and POL 3273.)

GLA 4013  The Intelligence Community and World Affairs
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Discusses the historical and political developments of intelligence as a component of defense and security policy, mainly in the post-World War II era. Examines the legal foundations of the American national security and intelligence functions, including discussion of accountability and control measures. Emphasizes the role of intelligence in national security policy-making principally conducted by the Executive and Legislative branches in democratic societies. Discusses the main functions of intelligence. (Same as POL 4013. Credit cannot be earned for both GLA 4013 and POL 4013.)

GLA 4123  Techniques in Global Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Examines various techniques for collecting, analyzing, and communicating information by government and private sector organizations engaged in global analysis. Stresses methodologies for analyzing informational inputs, including strengths and weaknesses of various analytical applications. Studies analytic cultures and pathologies associated with information collection and interpretation, legal and political oversight, accommodation of dissenting views in interpretation and policy debate, and economic, political, and cultural implications of analytical findings. Compares and contrasts analytical methods employed by public and private organizations. May be taught from different perspectives depending upon faculty expertise and interests. (Same as POL 4023. Credit cannot be earned for both GLA 4123 and POL 4023.)

GLA 4203  Current Topics in Global Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study of topics in such areas as domestic security planning, politics of national defense budgets and products, terrorism, arms transfers and controls, natural disaster preparedness, peace making, nuclear weapons proliferation and negotiations, international trade agreements and policies, national security economics, and civil liberties controversies. (Same as POL 4203. Credit cannot be earned for both GLA 4203 and POL 4203.)

GLA 4913  Independent Study in Global Analysis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 3 semester credit hours may be applied to the minor.

GLA 4933  Internship in Global Analysis
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the internship coordinator.
Supervised experience relevant to Global Analysis within selected organizations at the local, state, national, or international levels. A maximum of 3 semester credit hours may be applied to the minor.