Welcome to the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs (SPSIA). We promote cutting-edge research, teaching and partnerships related to domestic politics and international affairs. The forefront of our mission is to provide outstanding educational experiences to our undergraduate and graduate students.

Our academic programs are designed to meet the needs of our diverse student populations. Undergraduate students pursuing a B.A. in Political Science or International and Global Studies can complete their degree by taking face-to-face or online classes, or a combination of both, and students can select among a variety of minors and certificates offered in SPSIA. Our graduate programs include a Ph.D. in Security Studies, an M.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Intelligence and National Security.

Faculty members distinguished by their contributions in research, teaching and service constitute the foundation of our educational mission. Our faculty members have won numerous teaching, research, and service awards at UCF and are recognized by awards and honors in the profession. They publish their research in top-ranked journals and books and contribute to the public debate through their engagement with the media and the policy community.

SPSIA is also home to several institutes, centers and programs that provide exciting opportunities and enrich student life and scholarship: the Kurdish Political Studies Program, the India Center, Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence, the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government, the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity, and the Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies.

Together, our programs foster an atmosphere of new ideas, intellectual growth and partnerships as we collectively study important issues related to politics and national and international security.

I look forward to connecting with you,


Kerstin Hamann

Kerstin Hamann

Pegasus Professor & School Director

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