The Associate of Arts in Counter Terrorism Studies explores the origins and motivations for terrorism, and terrorist strategy and tactics. Terrorism presents real challenges to government and national security communities due to the many different domestic and international terrorist groups, each with their own leadership, motivations, political objectives, and tactics. The fact that these groups continue to evolve and mature in their capability means even greater challenges lay ahead for the U.S. military and government agencies involved in combating terrorism and in ensuring national security.
This online associate degree program offers you a greater understanding of the complexities of this field as you prepare to enter or advance within public safety organizations. Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or other intelligence organizations.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Explore the theory and history of terrorism and political violence.
- Identify different domestic and international terrorist groups, their leadership, and their tactics.
- Recognize the motivations of terrorist leaders and their followers.
- Determine the evolving nature of domestic and international terrorism.
- Define government agencies involved in combating terrorism and in ensuring homeland security.
- Describe countermeasures available to U.S. agencies fighting terrorism.