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 degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • 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
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Survey of Photography
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop®
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
Jazz and Rock
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
World Archaeology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Race & Religion
Hope and Resilience
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
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
The History and Context of STEM
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
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

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, Concentration in Information Security, or 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.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student 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.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student 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
Red and Blue Team Security
Computer and Network Security
Information Security
IT Security: Auditing
IT Security: Planning and Policy
Law, Privacy, and Digital Data
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.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student 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
SCMG301Supply Chain Risk Management3
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

Elective Requirements (45 semester hours)

Select any courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.45
Total Semester Hours45