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Curriculum Requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program in National Security Affairs is a 15 credit hour program. Students will take a total of five courses to include four required courses and an elective as the fifth course. Students who decide to continue their studies may be able to apply some of these credit hours toward the M.S. in National Security Affairs, if accepted into the program.

NSAM 5001 - Current & Historical Issues (3 credits)

This course is an introductory seminar dealing with current and historical issues in American national security affairs. In the age of globalization and international terrorism it is imperative that we understand the history, topics, and concepts of national security affairs. The pursuit of security involves a wide range of both domestic and international activities that fall under the umbrellas of political, economic, and military relations and procedures. This course examines the history of American security, the workings of the American national security institutions and organizations, cooperative security systems like NATO and the United Nations, international institutions, political violence, terrorism, war, and both domestic and international law on security. On all these topics, this course will emphasize both theoretical and practical issues that will further the student¿s knowledge of American national security affairs.

NSAM 5002 - Terrorists & Terrorism (3 credits)

This course analyzes terrorism from a number of perspectives including law enforcement (FBI), defense (DOD), and diplomatic (DOS) orientations in order to understand mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery measures with regards to counterterrorism and antiterrorism. Individual (lone wolf) and group (Islamist) terrorist mindsets will be examined, as well as international and domestic domains.

NSAM 5003 - National Intelligence Collection (3 credits)

This course examines the work of current and future managers in the federal intelligence and homeland security arenas. Students will be introduced to the various ways in which the social and behavioral sciences inform approaches to intelligence collection and analysis and how these scientific approaches can facilitate the goals of countering terrorism and hostile intelligence service actions. Specifically, the emerging field of ¿Futuristics¿ will be explored in this context so that managers can forecast, manage and create preferable future outcomes for their agencies and the nation. 

NSAM 5004 - Border Protection & Military Issues (3 credits)

This course is an in-depth analysis of the importance and the difficulties in security measures and tactics used to protect a sovereign nation¿s borders. Border protection is an essential part of National Security. The threats to domestic populations include drug-smuggling, terrorism, human and arms trafficking, and illegal immigration. Theoretical and applied case studies will facilitate student engagement. The course will serve as an introduction to the theories and applied practices of successful border protection.

The 5th course would be an elective selected from any of the four concentrations in our M.S. in National Security Affairs:

  • Cyber-terrorism and Security (in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computing)
  • Criminal Justice (CAHSS)
  • International Relations and Global Affairs (CAHSS)
  • Homeland Security (CAHSS)
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