Counter Terrorism Studies
Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts in Counter Terrorism Studies explores the origins of and motivations for terrorism, 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 for a new career or advancement in public safety organizations.
The curriculum for this online associate degree is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:
- Psychology and behavior of terrorists
- Chemical, biological, and radiological hazards
- Counter terrorism operations and policies of the U.S. government
- Private sector homeland security companies and their roles
- Border and coastal security
- Port security issues, threats, and defenses
- The influence of intelligence on homeland security decisions
- Terrorism and counter terrorism
Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or other intelligence organizations. View all courses.
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.
- All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
- New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
- If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
- There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.
Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or email@example.com.
Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour
All Other Students = $270/credit hour
*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.
Paying for School
Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:
Ways to Save
Undergraduate Book Grant
Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.
Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.
The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.