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Center for National Security Studies


Name: Center for National Security Studies
Location: CB 303b
Telephone: 801-863-6891
Web Address:
Director: Ryan J Vogel

The UVU Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) is a nonpartisan academic institution for the instruction, analysis, and discussion of the issues related to the field of U.S. national security. The mission of the CNSS is twofold: to promote an interdisciplinary academic environment on campus that critically examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of national security policy and practice; and to assist students in preparing for public and private sector national security careers through acquisition of subject matter expertise, analytical skills, and practical experience. The CNSS partners with local, regional, national, and international public and private sector organizations to promote this mission.

As national security issues continue to dominate the policy agenda and debate in Washington, D.C. and around the globe, UVU’s CNSS provides students with extensive study, discussion, and engaged learning opportunities in the national security field. UVU hosts the only national security program in the State of Utah and one of the only programs and centers in the intermountain region. The CNSS offers an active academic environment on campus for students and the community to study and engage in the critically important security challenges we face in the twenty-first century. The Center is also part of the local and national conversation about national security issues, regularly appearing on television, radio, blogs, and press outlets and contributing to academic publications and panels.

The CNSS offers a wide range of extracurricular opportunities for students, including membership in the National Security Society student club, publishing in or serving on the staff of the UVU Journal of National Security, and attending a summer program in Washington, D.C. Currently, UVU offers over 40 interesting and challenging courses in national security and related disciplines and students may earn a Minor in National Security Studies and a Certificate of Proficiency in National Security Studies.