University Courses


Please check with your graduate advisor for the courses that are relevant to Homeland Security.

Human Behavior in Public Organizations, PPD 545 (4 units)  
Behavior in organizations; focus on personal, interpersonal, and group level factors that influence such behavior.

Risk Analysis, PPD 587, (4 units) 
Concepts of risk analysis, risk in engineered systems, environmental risk, security risks; fault trees, event trees, risk simulations; risks and decision-making.

Political Management: Theory and Applied Techniques, PPD 656 (4 units)  
Political management theories; strategy formation; research and data collection approaches; computer applications; electronic databases; issue management; problem-solving techniques; ethical considerations.

National Security Administration and the Domestic and International Environment, PPD 659 (4 units) 
Interplay of domestic and international environments; resultant constraints upon national security program administration; administrative and organizational implications for future scenarios.

Homeland Security and Public Policy, PPD 683 (4 units) 
Definition and history of terrorism, counterterrorism, domestic policy and public sector management; intelligence/information sharing and analysis; emergency preparedness planning, response and recovery.

Games and Economics, ECON 404 (4 units) 
Analysis of strategic economic interactions. Topics include bargaining, insurance, patents, voting, environmental depletion, strategic trade, learning, reputation, strikes, corporate takeovers, and the provision of public goods. 

Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, ECON 501 (4 units) 
Theories of aggregate economic activity; design and use of macroeconometric models; stabilization and control of inflation, unemployment, and growth.  

Game Theory, ECON 604 (4 units) 
Strategies and equilibrium concepts; dynamic and repeated games; incomplete information and learning in games. 

Conflict Management and International Institutions, IR 506 (4 units) 
The doctrine of collective security, preventive diplomacy, peacekeeping and peace-making as instruments of conflict management. Comparative analysis of United Nations' and regional institutions' experiences.

Managerial Statistics, GSBA 524 (2-3 units) 
Principles of probability theory and classical statistics applied to business decision problems; survey analysis, estima- tion and prediction methods, evaluation, and control techniques. 

Politics for Global Managers, GSBA 525 (3 units) 
The dynamic forces shaping the political environment of business. Impact of politics, cultures and world events on multinational enterprise. Case studies of political risk assessment.

Value and Decision Theory, ISE 562 (3 units) 
Decision making under risk conditions; utility theory; sufficient statistics; conjugate prior distributions; terminal and pre-posterior analysis; Bayesian statistics versus classical statistics. 

Aerospace Studies IV (National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society), AEST 400a (3 units)  
Military professionalism and the context in which defense policy is formulated and implemented; national security policy, political/social constraints, and military justice.

Software Multiagent Systems, CSCI 543 (3 units) 
Investigate computational systems in which several software agents or software agents and humans interact. 

Machine Learning, CSCI 567 (3 units) 
Statistical methods for building intelligent and adaptive systems that improve performance from experiences; focus on theoretical understanding of these methods and their computational implications. 

Database Systems, CSCI 585 (3 units) 
Database system architecture; conceptual database models; semantic, object-oriented, logic-based, and relational databases; user and program interfaces; database system implementation; integrity, security, concurrency and recovery.

Geospatial Information Management, CSCI 587 (3 units) 
Techniques to efficiently store, manipulate, index and query geospatial information in support of real-world geographical and decision-making applications.  

Special Topics, CSCI 599 (2-4 units)   ("Security and game theory") 
Course content to be selected each semester from recent developments in computer science. 

Politics of Global Environment, ENST 323 (4 units) 
Examines the politics of managing the global environment. The nature of ecosystems, commons problems, population and resource utilization problems along with biodiversity and global governance are emphasized. 

First Year College Seminar, FSEM 180 (2 units, 4 max) 
A thematic seminar for entering students in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, exploring an area of academic study, research, or creative work. Graded CR/NC.

International Relations: Approaches to Research, IR 211 (4 units)
Introduction to theoretically oriented research approaches and designs; emphasis on the logics of argumentation.

Espionage and Intelligence, IR 304 (4 units)
The role and evolution of espionage and intelligence as tools of statecraft are examined. Open, covert, clandestine, counterintelligence programs and oversight processes are considered. 

Managing New Global Challenges, IR 305 (4 units) 
Examines strategies for managing global issues in the post Cold War period. Explores ways that international institutions, national governments and non-state actors work separately and together to provide order and control over complex international issues areas.

Conflict Resolution and Peace Research, IR 318 (4 units) 
Processes of conflict, violence, change, integration, stability, and peace in world society, analyzed primarily through the literature of the peace research movement. 

Politics of Global Environment, IR323 (4 units) 
Examines the politics of managing the global environment. The nature of ecosystems, common problems, population and resource utilization problems along with biodiversity and global governance are emphasized. 

Foreign Policy Analysis, IR 341 (4 units)
Basic concepts and analytical approaches in the study of decision-making at the international level.

The Politics and Strategy of Weapons of Mass Destruction, IR 342 (4 units) 
Causes and effects of use and spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; responses to WMD, including deterrence, preventive war, and non-proliferation policies and negotiations.

Developing Countries in World Politics, IR344 (4 units) 
Origin, concepts, realities, and ideals of the non-aligned movement, focusing on the United States' role in the developing world. 

Order and Disorder in Global Affairs, IR 382 (4 units) 
Modern and post-modern perspectives on changes in the inter-state system, relations among cultures and civilizations, the conditions of ecologically sustainable human development. 

Ecological Security and Global Politics, IR 422 (4 units)
Should environmental issues be treated as threats to security? Survey of recent literature explores global environmental politics using a security framework. 

Issues and Theories in Global Society, IR444 (4 units)
Why the world is organized into sovereign nation-states. The challenges to nation-states in the 21st century from globalization, democratization, revolution, technology, and new forms of cultural identit. 

Colloquium in Armenian Studies: Social and Cultural Issues, MDA 333 (2 units, max 4)
Analysis of political, social, and cultural issues by the instructor and visiting lecturers with expertise in specific areas of the Armenian Republic and Diaspora community. 

European Political Thought I, POSC 370 (4 units)
Basic concepts of Western political thought from Plato through the contract theorists. 

Critical Issues in Comparative Politics, POSC 469 (4 units, max 12)
Intensive examination of critical issues of particular interest in the field of comparative politics.

Contemporary Political Thought, POSC 476 (4 units)
20th century political philosophy dealing with major movements in psychological, existential, socialist, and nationalist thought as they bear upon the crisis of political authority in our time.  

Special Topics, PPD 599 (2-8 units, max 8)
Selected topics in public policy, management and planning. 

Environmental Policy Design and Analysis, PPDE 660 (2 units) 
Analytical foundation for design of institutions and policies; environmental policy; welfare economics and market failure; policy evaluation; economic policy instruments; climate change policy issues; other policy issues.

Data Analysis for Psychological Research, PSYC421L (4 units)
Multivariate analysis emphasizing model estimation and testing; topics vary.

Human Judgment and Decision Making, PSYC 422 (4 units)
Descriptive and normative models of decision making; topics include probability judgments, inference, correlation, emotion, mental accounting, decision analysis, lens model, equity, social dilemmas, time, risk.