ASU offers degree in global security

May 16, 2017

Understanding current and future security challenges requires a holistic, multi-faceted approach linking a variety of areas of expertise connected to practical examples and case studies. Arizona State University looks to achieve this through their new interdisciplinary online master’s program in global security.

With the support from the Center on the Future of War, the School of Politics and Global Studies will be offering the new master’s degree this upcoming fall. The program trains students to critically engage in issues of global conflict and international security.  Download Full Image

With the global security degree being offered online, students from anywhere around the world are able to proceed at their own pace and study while working. The degree is aimed to offer intellectual tools to advance careers in the military, international development, diplomacy, global security management and related fields.

Daniel Rothenberg, professor of practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies and co-director of the Center on the Future of War, offers insight into ASU’s new degree.

Question: Why do you think global security is an important area of study/research?

Answer: Our lives are defined by connections and connectivity. Virtually everything now is global, in one sense or another. The extraordinary growth in the movement of things, people, ideas and influences creates enormous opportunities as well as a variety of new dangers and vulnerabilities. Global security impacts every aspect of our lives, from the traditional concerns of war, diplomacy and international relations to newly emerging issues linked to cyber, artificial intelligence, and climate change. Gaining an in-depth, interdisciplinary grounding in global security is essential for identifying, understanding and facing the challenges of our ever-more integrated and interdependent world.

Q: Being an online degree could appeal to those who wish to continue working while furthering their education.  How would a degree in Global Security help the careers of those in the military, international development, diplomacy, and related fields?

A: Our online degree allows people to pursue advanced training in global security while working full-time anywhere in the world. This means that we can work with active duty military posted on bases around the world, with humanitarian workers aiding refugees during the day, full-time students or professionals from almost any field. Master's degrees are essential for career advancement in many fields and our program provides a unique combination of theory and practice, with course content drawn from scholars, as well as journalists, former government officials, retired military and international development professionals. The degree is flexible and allows students to pursue their individual interests while gaining a foundation in key ideas and developing critical thinking skills to ensure advancement in many careers.

Q:  America Fellow David Wood recently said that the partnership between ASU and New America, a D.C.-based think tank, allows the Center on the Future of War to “have one foot in Washington and one in the real world.” Will that concept continue with this online MA degree?

A: The MA draws on the interdisciplinary expertise of over 100 ASU faculty from multiple fields (political science, policy studies, engineering, history, religious studies, etc.) as well as a team of several dozen journalists, retired military, former government officials, human rights advocates and others. It links rigorous academic training with a policy-oriented focus and practical case studies. In this way, we train students in major theories of global security and their direct, real-world implications.

Q: How do you think programs like this one will advance talks about global conflict and international security?

A: The goal of our program is to stimulate critical discussions about pressing global issues. Our classes all involve in-depth on-line discussions designed to deepen student understanding and sharpen their analytic skills. Rather than suggest the correct answers for the complex challenges we face, we aim to provide our students with the skills, tools and background to ask intelligent, thoughtful questions that acknowledge the complexity of our world.

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies


ASU Lyric Opera Theatre announces upcoming season

54th season features new operas and musicals, national and local collaborations

May 16, 2017

Internationally recognized as one of the few undergraduate and graduate programs providing training in both opera and musical theater, ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre (LOT) ventures into its 54th season with two operas, two musicals, two new works readings, two student lab productions, and ongoing partnerships with multiple local and national arts organizations.

“Our season features three LOT premieres and two Arizona premieres,” said Brian DeMaris, artistic director of the Lyric Opera Theatre program and associate professor in Arizona State University's School of Music. “We are also proud to continue to represent a diverse array of repertoire and authors. In addition to our four main-stage productions, we have expanded our student lab offerings and will continue our new works series at ASU Kerr Cultural Center. We are also excited to build on our on-going partnerships with Arizona Opera and Phoenix Theatre, and we will be collaborating with the Phoenix Symphony again this year. The academic and professional performance opportunities ASU students receive are extraordinary.” ASU Lyric Opera Guys and Dolls ASU Lyric Opera Theatre performed "Guys and Dolls" last season. Photo by Tim Trumble Download Full Image

In addition to four main-stage productions, the program will continue its series of new works readings at ASU Kerr Cultural Center, which were a great success last season. The October reading will be a collaboration with American Lyric Theater presenting a reading of “The Halloween Tree” by Theo Popov and Tony Asaro, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. The spring reading will feature “Til Death,” a new musical by ASU MFA Playwriting candidate Amanda Prahl and composition alumnus Alexander Tom, in collaboration with the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

In 2016, ASU musical theater students had the honor of performing with Kristin Chenoweth and the Phoenix Symphony. This season, ASU students will again have the opportunity to be involved with the Phoenix Symphony in a workshop and concert staging of Leonard Bernstein's “West Side Story.” 

Lyric Opera Theatre’s ongoing collaboration with Phoenix Theatre reaches new heights through select classes held in downtown Phoenix and ASU students appearing in numerous Phoenix Theatre productions. The year culminates with the second annual Musical Theatre showcase and alumni night at Phoenix Theatre.

To order tickets and find more information on the complete season, call the Herberger Institute Box Office at 480.965.6447 or visit

Ticket prices: $11: Flash Friday; $21: adult (for all dates except Flash Friday); $15: faculty, staff, alumni; $12: senior; $10: group (minimum of 10 tickets); $8: student.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 for the general public. Save 25 percent by ordering tickets to three or more Herberger Institute events per person by Sept. 15. A $2 handling fee applies to all orders, and a web per ticket purchase fee will apply.

Summer box office hours are 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–4:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday.

ASU Lyric Opera Theatre
2017–2018 Season

“The Bartered Bride”
Music by Bedřich Smetana
English translation by Marion Farquhar
7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 30; 2 p.m. Oct. 1
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

New Works Reading
“The Halloween Tree”
Music by Theo Popov
Libretto by Tony Asaro
Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, producing artistic director
6 p.m. Oct. 29
ASU Kerr Cultural Center

“A New Brain”
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18; 2 p.m. Nov. 19
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Student Lab Production
“Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe”
Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Christenson
7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13; 2 p.m. Jan. 14
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

“The Breasts of Tiresias”
Music by Francis Poulenc
Based on the play by Guillaume Apollinaire
 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 23 and 24; 2 p.m. Feb. 25
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Student Lab Production
“The Fairy Queen”
By Henry Purcell
After Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24
Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden
ASU Tempe Campus Biodesign Institute

New Works Reading
“Til Death”
Book and lyrics by Amanda Prahl (ASU M.F.A. Playwriting candidate)
Music by Alexander Tom (ASU alum)
6 p.m. March 25
ASU Kerr Cultural Center

To Be Announced
7:30 p.m. April 13, 14, 20 and 21; 2 p.m. April 15 and 22
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Musical Theatre Showcase
8 p.m. April 23
Phoenix Theatre
Free admission

Opera Scenes Performance
7:30 p.m. April 28
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
Free admission