The Bachelor of Arts in Security Management offers students the opportunity to learn the principles and theories associated with various types of security, from international security to information security focused on protection of assets. You will study global terrorism, legal and ethical issues, physical security, program evaluation, and security administration. Graduates of this online bachelor’s degree are inclined toward professions that involve general public or private management, federal or local government civil service, military service, law enforcement, and private security.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Identify organizational security risk exposure; identify cost-effective mitigation strategies; and prepare for recovery strategies.
  • Employ risk analysis and vulnerability assessment processes.
  • Critically examine the variety and extent of losses from criminal acts, natural disasters, and security breaches facing society.
  • Analyze concepts of information security, personnel security, and physical security and determine the planning approaches to prevent business losses.
  • Analyze the trends affecting security and loss prevention and determine the approaches to reduce losses facing businesses and institutions.
  • Evaluate, from a multi-disciplinary approach, non-traditional approaches to crime prevention.
  • Distinguish between traditional criminal justice roles, functions, and concepts as a reactive institution to the security roles as a preventive societal institution.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required27
Select one of the following concentrations:15
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements45
Total Semester Hours120

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
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
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
Human Relations
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 (27 semester hours)

SCMT101Introduction to Security Management3
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
SCMT319Global Terrorism3
SCMT370Principles and Theory of Security Issues3
SCMT371Legal and Ethical Issues in Security Management3
SCMT373Evaluation of Security Programs3
SCMT374Contemporary Issues in Security Management3
SCMT390Security Administration3
SCMT397Physical Security3
Total Semester Hours27

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration, Concentration in Government Security, a Concentration in Information Security, or a Concentration in Loss Prevention Management.

General Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

A general concentration allows you to take courses across a number of areas of study within your program based on your own interests.

Select 5 courses from the following:15
Border and Coastal Security
Port Security
Information Security
School and Campus Security
Industrial Espionage
Protective Services
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Government Security (15 semester hours)

Offers an overview of many of the primary laws and policies that drive the U.S. government’s security apparatus, such as the U.S. Constitution, executive orders, and the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual. Evaluates industrial and economic espionage threats and techniques in all forms and modes of attack, as well as information assurance techniques in U.S. government security applications.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, students will be able to:

  • Interpret the fundamental government requirements for establishing and maintaining full spectrum security programs.
  • Categorize government, industry and military infrastructure within the scope of the concept of Critical Infrastructure Protection.
  • Evaluate and counter industrial and economic espionage threats and techniques in all forms and modes of attack.
  • Analyze Personnel Security as a key component in the protection of National Security Information, to include background investigations, continuing evaluation, and security awareness.
  • Appraise the criteria for properly constructing U.S. government-sponsored facilities and securing such facilities appropriately.
  • Utilize Information Assurance techniques and technologies in U.S. government security applications.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

ISSC361Information Assurance3
SCMT301Foundations of U.S. Government Security3
SCMT302Protecting U.S. Government Facilities3
SCMT303U. S. Government Personnel Security3
SCMT392Industrial Espionage3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Information Security (15 semester hours)

Covers techniques and technologies used to design, develop, and deploy effective information security solutions against attacks; security planning and policy principles that focus on a variety of security guidelines, policies, and plans; and industrial espionage threats and techniques that use information technology modes of attack.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, students will be able to:

  • Use analytical, logical, and critical thinking abilities to analyze organizational information security requirements.
  • Apply techniques and technologies to design, develop, and deploy effective information security solutions to defend against attacks.
  • Develop computer and network security solutions and apply audit practices and processes to secure organizational assets and prevent losses.
  • Appraise security planning and policy principles that focus on a variety of security guidelines, policies and plans.
  • Evaluate and counter industrial espionage threats and techniques that use information technology modes of attack.
  • Relate law enforcement intelligence applications and templates to support investigations, security and counterintelligence, trend development and forecasting, and efficient use of open source information.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

Select 5 courses from the following:15
Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications
IT Security: Attack & Defense
Computer and Network Security
Information Security
IT Security: Auditing
IT Security: Planning and Policy
Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
Industrial Espionage
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Loss Prevention Management (15 semester hours)

Examines risk situations, management concepts and techniques, and the impact of safety and compliance policies from a company perspective. Topics include: various strategies and safety aspects of risk management; supply chain management’s role in retail operations; risks associated with the global distribution chain and mitigation; and the types of loss experienced by retailers.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, students will be able to:

  • Identify the types of loss retailers’ experience.
  • Compare and contrast various Risk Management strategies.
  • Explain compliance and safety aspects of Risk Management.
  • Describe the strategic and operational role of human resource management.
  • Examine the role of Supply Chain Management in retail operations.
  • Analyze the risks associated with the global distribution chain and mitigation.
  • Prepare for LPQ Certification.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

RTMG202Risk Management3
RTMG220Retail Asset Protection3
RTMG302Retail Operations3
HRMT407Human Resource Management3
TLMT313Supply Chain Management3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

SCMT498Senior Seminar in Security Management (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (45 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.