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.

Program Objectives

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.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

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