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.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in Counter-Terrorism Studies also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of counter terrorism, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • 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

General Education Requirements30
Major Required24
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

 All literature courses require successful completion of  ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (24 semester hours)

HLSS154Mind of a Terrorist3
HLSS212Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards3
HLSS302Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense3
HLSS320Intelligence and Homeland Security3
HLSS322Homeland Security Legal and Ethical Issues3
HLSS323Homegrown Violent Extremism3
INTL450Terrorism and Counterterrorism3
SCMT319Global Terrorism3
Total Semester Hours24

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.6
Total Semester Hours6