Who we are

The Notre Dame International Security Center [NDISC] seeks to educate exceptional undergraduate students in the area of international security, broadly defined. The foundation of the International Security Studies Certificate focuses on bridging the policy-scholarly gap. Upon completion of the program, undergraduate students will be well prepared for careers in policy and academia.

Dan Lindley Director of the International Securities Center Certificate Program


Develop a broad understanding of international security theory and practice while building leadership and crisis management skills in the Notre Dame International Security Center’s certificate program for undergraduates.

Michael C. Desch Director of the Notre Dame International Security Center

On campus

International security students have opportunities to listen and talk to distinguished guest speakers, both military and academic.

John Coglianese discussing Unmanned Aerial Systems in March 2017

Off campus

International security students also have opportunities to visit military bases and other national security facilities and participate in an annual Small Unit Leadership Exercise with Notre Dame Marine ROTC midshipmen and officers.

Experiential Exercise 2017


National Security Policy gateway course
Two relevant electives at the 30000 level or above
A senior thesis, to be completed over two semesters
An approved internship in the world of international security policy
Participation in co-curricular activities as scheduled by NDISC

Sebastian Rosato Associate Director of the Notre Dame International Security Center

The NDISC International Security Certificate is selective and is only open to Political Science majors. Students wishing to participate in the program should apply in the spring of their sophomore year.

Political Science majors selected for this competitive program gain access to:

specialized courses
research support
internship funding
dedicated mentoring

Admission is based on:

• Completion of the Introduction to International Relations Course

• GPA of at least 3.72

• A brief (500 words) statement of interest

The deadline for the initial application is April 1st, 2018, but we will consider applications on a case by case basis.

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