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Welcome from theDirector

Robert S. Ehlers Jr.Welcome to Angelo State University’s Center for Security Studies! Our important new program will produce cross-culturally competent students who are better able to understand complex national security problems and help influence their outcomes in positive directions. The foundation of our effort rests on five new degree programs: a bachelor’s in cultural competence and security studies, a bachelor’s in cultural fluency and security studies (this program adds a language-proficiency requirement to the previous one), a bachelor’s in border security, a master’s in security studies and a master’s in border security.

Angelo State University’s CSS is taking the concept and reality of security studies scholarship to a new level.

All five of these programs bring something new and vital to the security studies arena by approaching their complex subjects in new ways, both conceptually and in terms of teaching methods. For instance, the security studies tracks are organized geographically according to our military combatant commanders’ areas of responsibility, and discuss key themes within those geographic regions. Similarly, the border security degrees are divided into several distinct tracks, allowing students to focus on a particular issue related to safeguarding our borders. (Note that the border security programs are designed to address the full range of threats to the sovereignty of America’s borders, not just the problems along the U.S.-Mexican border.) Whether you are in the military, a federal civil servant or a traditional civilian student, these programs will be of interest to you and of great importance to your professional and scholarly development. Also, with the addition of the university’s criminal justice program and its superb faculty to our department, we are also able to offer outstanding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in that vital subject area. Beyond these existing programs, as we develop additional academic degrees, including bachelor’s and master’s programs in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance analysis, and a master’s in strategic thought and leadership, your options for professional and scholarly development will grow accordingly.

Beyond our new degree programs, we are also establishing a number of important complementary initiatives designed to enhance the experience our students have in this program. Our CSS Speakers Series, for instance, will bring well-known scholars, military professionals and diplomats to ASU on a quarterly basis to address topics of current concern to the U.S. New summer “short courses” in national security studies, intelligence analysis and cyber security will be up and running within the next year. In addition, each of our degree tracks has an associated minor and certificate program for those students interested in a given subject, but not wishing to pursue a major. Eventually, we also plan to establish summer exchange, work-study and internship programs with a number of government agencies, universities and corporations. Finally, our long-range efforts will include establishing an alumni website, so graduates of our programs can network, exchange professional experiences and just stay in touch.

Angelo State University’s CSS is taking the concept and reality of security studies scholarship to a new level. I hope you will join the team to further your professional and scholarly development, engage deeply with the many challenges facing our country and, in the process, help to make it safer, more prosperous and a continuing beacon of freedom and hope to the world’s other countries.

Robert S. Ehlers, Jr., Ph.D.