Strategic Security and Protection Management, BS

The Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Security and Protection Management increases the student’s knowledge of operations in the security industry and in providing protective services to clients, their property and/or their information. This program also provides a foundation for the student’s study at more advanced levels in this field. All courses are four and a half quarter units unless otherwise noted. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this degree-completion program will be able to do the following:

  • SSPM-PLO B1: Recognize various information sources in strategic security and their relationship to security operations.

  • SSPM-PLO B2: Explain threat analysis and its technical, operational, and strategic aspects.

  • SSPM-PLO B3: Appraise policies, reforms, and ethics through integrating information literacy competencies.

  • SSPM- PLO- B4: Synthesize strategic leadership competencies through understandings of cases in the current security environment.

  • SSPM- PLO - B5: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of mediums to key stakeholders.

Strategic Security and Protection Management: Bachelor of Science

180 Credits

Students must complete SEC105 prior to enrolling in SSPM Major Core courses below.

Major Core (49.5)

*Students must fulfill 45 quarter units or more before taking the following Strategic Security and Protection Management Major Core coursework below: 

INT305Advanced Critical Thinking and Logic

4.5

PHIL400Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

4.5

PRO375History of Executive/Dignitary Protection

4.5

PRO385Etiquette and Rapport

4.5

PRO398Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

4.5

PRO494Essentials of Executive Protection

4.5

SEC320Foundations of the Security Industry

4.5

SEC340Effective Writing for the Security Professional

4.5

SEC344Protective Security Law

4.5

SEC360Information Security

4.5

SEC366Managing the Security Organization

4.5

Major Support Core (13.5)

Choose any three (3) PRO or SEC courses not used as Major Core.
Must complete SEC320 and SEC366 prior to enrolling in any of the major support core courses below

PRO380Conflict Resolution

4.5

PRO405Consequence Management

4.5

PRO422Building Security

4.5

PRO430Travel and Hospitals

4.5

PRO432Principal’s Office and Residence

4.5

PRO433Off-site Visits

4.5

PRO466Advance Work

4.5

SEC305Offensive v. Defensive Security: Understanding the Broader Security Field

4.5

SEC326Foundations of Vehicular Security

4.5

SEC375Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

4.5

SEC452Infiltration Techniques

4.5

SEC486Bomb Threat Management

4.5

Must take all major core courses before enrolling in any of the major support core courses below. 

Open Electives (27)

Choose any six courses.

Students may also include any course from support core courses if not previously taken as a major support core course.

CI3710Internet Security

4.5

CI3715Cybercrime and Information Systems

4.5

CI3725Network Security

4.5

CJ2240Introduction to Private Security

4.5

CJ2700Cybercrime in Criminal Justice

4.5

CJ3005Gangs in America

4.5

CJ3020Serial Killers and the Law

4.5

CJ3030Hate Crimes and the Law

4.5

CJ3050Loss Prevention

4.5

CJ3400Constitutional Law

4.5

CJ4000/PS4000Psychology and the Law

4.5

CJ4450Security Operations Theory

4.5

CJ4500Homeland Security and Terrorism

4.5

INT300Fundamentals of Intelligence

4.5

INT310Fundamentals of Analysis

4.5

INT315Open Source Research

4.5

INT320Propaganda and Disinformation

4.5

INT330Writing for the Intelligence Professional

4.5

INT379History of Intelligence, Part 1

4.5

INT380History of Intelligence, Part 2

4.5

INT390Covert Action

4.5

INT400Counterintelligence

4.5

INT401Interrogation and Interviewing Techniques

4.5

INT440Technical Surveillance

4.5

INT445Operational Security

4.5

INT460Clandestine and Secure Communications

4.5

INT476Intelligence Collection

4.5

INT477Collection Management

4.5

NUC350Principles of Grand Strategy

4.5

NUC410Weapons Systems

4.5

NUC415Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons

4.5

PRO500DCAdvanced Executive Protection

4.5

PRO595DCAdvanced Protection Operations

4.5

PRO690DCAdvanced Threat Assessment

4.5

SEC665DCCyber Security

4.5

TCT306Media and Terrorism

4.5

TCT310Psychology of Violence

4.5

TCT390Foundations of Terrorism

4.5

TCT395Counterterrorism

4.5

TCT396Terrorist Techniques

4.5

TCT410Lone Wolf Terrorism

4.5

TCT420Psychology of Fear

4.5

TCT425Religious Extremism

4.5

TCT430Ethno/Nationalist Terrorism

4.5

TCT435Terrorist Support Networks

4.5

TCT440Islamism and Terrorism

4.5

Students who do not have a 3.25 CGPA or applicable transfer credit will enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course. Transfer credit may replace major core, major support core, or open elective 500DC+ and 3000+ courses.  Students must also maintain a grade of B or higher in all subsequent courses and complete the Master's application process.

General Education and Open Electives (90)

(Available for block transfer)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

SEC105The Foundation, Functions, and Future of Strategic Security

4.5

Open Electives (62)

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

4.5

MAMathematics Elective

4.5

SCScience Elective

4.5