Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, BS

The Bachelor’s Degree in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies introduces the student to the basic concepts of terrorism and counterterrorism. Instructors emphasize the importance of understanding extremist, terrorists groups and their operations. This degree also provides training in counterterrorism research, analysis, and operations, focusing on analytical rigor, contingency planning, and proactive security measures. 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:

  • TCT-PLO B1: Formulate, conduct, and present basic research skills in the field of terrorism and counterterrorism.

  • TCT-PLO B2: Analyze and evaluate sources, assets, events, and systems for potential risks in order to assess and refine contingency planning to include appropriate consequence management in the field of counterterrorism.

  • TCT-PLO B3: Integrate the general workings and issues of the counterterrorism profession through intellectual inquiry and critical thinking.

  • TCT-PLO B4: Demonstrate the ability to lead and manage across settings unique to the counterterrorism field in an ethical and professional manner.

  • TCT-PLO B5: Express ideas and concepts clearly through oral and written communication that informs, enlightens, and persuades those they serve in the counterterrorism field.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies: Bachelor of Science

180 Credits

Major Core (49.5)

Students must fulfill 45 quarter units or more before taking the following Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Major Core coursework below:

INT300Fundamentals of Intelligence

4.5

INT305Advanced Critical Thinking and Logic

4.5

INT315Open Source Research

4.5

NUC415Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons

4.5

PHIL400Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

4.5

PRO398Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

4.5

SEC340Effective Writing for the Security Professional

4.5

TCT390Foundations of Terrorism

4.5

TCT395Counterterrorism

4.5

TCT396Terrorist Techniques

4.5

TCT425Religious Extremism

4.5

Major Support Core (13.5)

Choose any three courses

NUC350Principles of Grand Strategy

4.5

NUC410Weapons Systems

4.5

TCT306Media and Terrorism

4.5

TCT310Psychology of Violence

4.5

TCT410Lone Wolf Terrorism

4.5

TCT420Psychology of Fear

4.5

TCT430Ethno/Nationalist Terrorism

4.5

TCT435Terrorist Support Networks

4.5

TCT440Islamism and Terrorism

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

INT310Fundamentals of Analysis

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

PRO375History of Executive/Dignitary Protection

4.5

PRO380Conflict Resolution

4.5

PRO385Etiquette and Rapport

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

PRO494Essentials of Executive Protection

4.5

SEC305Offensive v. Defensive Security: Understanding the Broader Security Field

4.5

SEC320Foundations of the Security Industry

4.5

SEC326Foundations of Vehicular Security

4.5

SEC344Protective Security Law

4.5

SEC360Information Security

4.5

SEC366Managing the Security Organization

4.5

SEC375Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

4.5

SEC452Infiltration Techniques

4.5

SEC486Bomb Threat Management

4.5

TCT525DCAdvanced Counterterrorism Analysis

4.5

TCT595DCAdvanced Counterterrorism Operations

4.5

TCT596DCOrigins, Evolutions, and Trends in Terrorism

4.5

TCT600DCAdvanced Counterterrorism

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

Open Electives

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

4.5

HUHumanities Elective

4.5

MAMathematics Elective

4.5

SCScience Elective

4.5

Open Electives

48.5