International Security and Conflict Resolution

The International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) major at San Diego State University is an innovative, unique, and comprehensive program designed to provide students with an understanding of world affairs and a commitment to conflict resolution. The only program of its kind in California, ISCOR is located in three colleges within San Diego State University: The Colleges of Arts and Letters, Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Sciences.

Program Overview

The ISCOR major’s interdisciplinary program stresses the following goals while promoting critical thinking, tolerance of various views, and pragmatism in its students.

  • To examine the increasingly interdependent and interconnected global system
  • To analyze a world experiencing both increased cooperation and conflict
  • To assess international issues from a variety of viewpoints and perspectives

ISCOR is meant to address changes in the nature and meaning of international and global security. The program envisions international security as involving more than the traditional focus on military power and the threat or use of force. It extends into other arenas that include human rights, globalization, the environment, economic development, terrorism, and homeland security.

The ISCOR program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach within three areas of emphasis: cooperation, conflict and conflict resolution; global systems; and environment and security. Students are required to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world by way of internships and study abroad. In addition, students are required to study a foreign language and engage in original research outside of the United States.

The success of ISCOR is indicated by the quality and diversity of its student body. The major has grown steadily from its inception in 1995, attracting students from a variety of disciplines and from around the globe. Currently, it is among the largest departments and programs in the university in terms of student enrollment.

Special Features

The distinctive features of the ISCOR major include:

  • Only program of its kind in California.
  • ISCOR student society allows students to interact with other students in the major.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for ISCOR graduates are varied. Many graduates of the ISCOR major have gone on to serve at various levels of government, in international business, and in governmental and non-governmental organizations. A number of the graduates have joined masters and doctoral programs in universities such as the London School of Economics, Georgetown University, and University of Maryland.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the International Security and Conflict Resolution program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.