Threats to human security stem from wide-ranging sources, which include natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes and floods) as well as human origins (e.g., terrorism, humanitarian crises and political violence). As the modern world becomes more interconnected, government agencies, scholars and global citizens need to understand where human security is stable and unstable throughout the world, and decision-makers need the knowledge and capacity to quickly assess and act to provide humanitarian aid during a crisis. This interdisciplinary minor serves to connect many collaborative and interrelated disciplines to provide a framework for students interested in learning how to develop and deliver analytical and spatial solutions.
The Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minor especially complements majors in:
- International Relations;
- Political Science;
- Environmental Studies;
- Global Health;
- Middle East Studies;
- Central European Studies;
- Policy, Planning, and Development; and
- all students (regardless of major) actively enrolled in one of USC’s ROTC programs (Navy, Marine, Air Force or Army).
ROTC students have the additional benefit of choosing from a Military Science (MS), Aerospace Studies (AEST) or Naval Science (NSC) course sequence to complete their upper-division elective requirement.
What is Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)?
GEOINT is actionable knowledge, a process, and a profession. It is the ability to describe, understand and interpret to anticipate the human impact of an event or action within a spatio-temporal environment. It is also the ability to identify, collect, store and manipulate data to create geospatial knowledge through critical thinking, geospatial reasoning, and analytical techniques. Finally, it is the ability to present knowledge to support decision-making.
Learn more about "Perspectives on Intelligence Collection."
SCHOLARSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS AND JOBS
• US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Scholarship Program
• US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Career Center
• ASPRS Scholarship Program
• National Geospatial-Intelligence (NGA) Summer Internship Program
• American Geographical Society (AGS) Scholar-Internship Program
• NASA DEVELOP Program
• American Association of Geographers
• Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship Program
4 units of lower-division elective (choose one below):
3 required courses (12 units):