Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Online Bachelor’s Degree



The Online Bachelor of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies degree program from National American University’s Henley Putnam School of Strategic Security will provide you with the skills you need to prevent and defend against security threats. This program is also an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue the online Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Master of Science degree.

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Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Program Overview

Understanding terrorism is the key to developing effective responses. In this program you’ll study the foundations of terrorist groups and their operations to develop an understanding of the concepts, strategies and techniques to defend against them. You will cover a variety of relevant topics including counterterrorism research, threat management, and terrorist techniques while focusing on analytical rigor, contingency planning, and proactive security measures.

As a graduate of the program, you will be able to:

  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to apply preventive, deterrent and response actions related to terrorism/counterterrorism.
  • Assess information from a variety of sources on issues related to the field of terrorism and counterterrorism.
  • Communicate clearly in a variety of mediums to key stakeholders in the counterterrorism field.
  • Work collaboratively in diverse groups effectively to identify issues in the counterterrorism field.
  • Assess ethical and civic-minded approaches to challenges in the counterterrorism field.

Online Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Bachelor’s Degree Classes and Curriculum

The Online Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies bachelor’s degree program consists of the following class requirements: major core, open electives, and general education core. These classes total 180 credits.

All academic courses are 100% online and subject to minimum class size requirements.

Major Core

49.5 credits

Support Core and Open Electives

40.5 credits

General Education

90 credits

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Online Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Bachelor’s Degree Tuition and Fees

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Online Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Degree Career Outcomes

The Online Terrorism and Counterterrorism online bachelor’s degree prepares you with the thinking, judgment, and cultural sensitivity skills you need to start on the path to jobs such as counterterrorism analyst, antiterrorism specialist, or counterterrorism operations specialist. If you have a desire to prevent terrorist threats directed against nation-sates, governments, corporations, organizations or dignitaries, then this may be the career path for you.

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Degree?

  • Entry-level job seekers: If you like solving puzzles, researching, and analyzing complex human behaviors, or are skilled in advanced mathematics then this might be a degree for you.
  • Counterterrorism professionals: If you want to further your studies and gain professional credentials while working in the field of counterterrorism, you may be a candidate for this degree.
  • Military servicemembers: If you have special forces training or are a new veteran with or without a national security clearance, then you may be a candidate to study for a career as a counterterrorism professional

INT300     Fundamentals of Intelligence

INT305     Advanced Critical Thinking and Logic

INT315     Open Source Research

NUC415     Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons

PHIL400     Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

PRO398     Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

SEC340     Effective Writing for the Security Professional

TCT390     Foundations of Terrorism

TCT395     Counterterrorism

TCT396     Terrorist Techniques

TCT425     Religious Extremism

Choose any three courses

NUC350     Principles of Grand Strategy

NUC410     Weapons Systems

TCT306     Media and Terrorism

TCT310     Psychology of Violence

TCT410     Lone Wolf Terrorism

TCT420     Psychology of Fear

TCT430     Ethno/Nationalist Terrorism

TCT435     Terrorist Support Networks

TCT440     Islamism and Terrorism

Choose any six courses.

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

CI3710     Internet Security

CI3715     Cybercrime and Information Systems

CI3725     Network Security

CJ2240     Intro to Private Security

CJ2700     Cybercrime in Criminal Justice

CJ3005     Gangs in America

CJ3020     Serial Killers and the Law

CJ3030/ PL3030     Hate Crimes and the Law

CJ3050     Loss Prevention

CJ3400     Constitutional Law

CJ4000     Psychology and the Law

CJ4450     Security Operations Theory

CJ4500     Homeland Security and Terrorism

INT310     Fundamentals of Analysis

INT320     Propaganda and Disinformation

INT330     Writing for the Intelligence Professional

INT379     History of Intelligence, Part 1

INT380     History of Intelligence, Part 2

INT390     Covert Action

INT400     Counterintelligence

INT401     Interrogation and Interviewing Techniques

INT440     Technical Surveillance

INT445     Operational Security

INT460     Clandestine and Secure Communications

INT476     Intelligence Collection

INT477     Collection Management

INT525DC     Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

NUC410     Weapons Systems

PRO375     History of Executive/Dignitary Protection

PRO380     Conflict Resolution

PRO385     Etiquette and Rapport

PRO405     Consequence Management

PRO422     Building Security

PRO430     Travel and Hospitals

PRO432     Principal’s Office and Residence

PRO433     Off-site Visits

PRO466     Advance Work

PRO494     Essentials of Executive Protection

SEC305     Offensive v. Defensive Security:  Understanding the Broader Security Field

SEC320     Foundations of the Security Industry

SEC326     Foundations of Vehicular Security

SEC344     Protective Security Law

SEC360     Information Security

SEC366     Managing the Security Organization

SEC375     Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

SEC452     Infiltration Techniques

SEC486      Bomb Threat Management

TCT525DC     Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

TCT595DC     Advanced Counterterrorism Operations

TCT596DC     Origins, Evolutions, and Trends in Terrorism

TCT600DC    Advanced Counterterrorism


EN1150     Composition I

EN1300     Composition II

EN2100     Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication

Mathematics Electives

Humanities Electives

Behavioral/Social Science Electives

Science Electives

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career:  Set Up for Success!
CS1203     Bridge to Success:  Creating Your Future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

Gen ED or Open Electives

Gen ED or Open Electives

Special Topics

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.