Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies 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 – Introduction to Private Security
CJ2700 – Cybercrime in Criminal Justice
CJ3005 – Gangs in America
CJ3020/PL 3020 – Serial Killers and the Law
CJ3030/PL 3030 – Hate Crimes and the Law
CJ3050 – Loss Prevention
CJ3400 – Constitutional Law
CJ4000/PS 4000 – 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
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


SC – Science Elective


HU2000 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Elective


MA2000 – Quantitative Reasoning

General Education

CS1202 – Strategies for Professionals OR
CS1204 – Advanced Strategies for Professionals

CS1302 – Consumer Mathematics

SEC105 – The Foundation, Functions, and Future of Strategic Security
Open Electives

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.