Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Online Bachelor’s Degree


The Bachelor’s Degree in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies is earned by satisfactory completion of an online program equivalent to two years of full-time upper division study. The program introduces the student to the basic concepts of terrorism and counterterrorism. Instructors emphasize the importance of understanding extremist, terrorists groups and their operations. This degree also provides training in counterterrorism research, analysis, and operations, focusing on analytical rigor, contingency planning, and proactive security measures. All courses are four and a half quarter units unless otherwise noted.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this degree-completion program will be able to do the following:

  • TCT-PLO B1: Formulate, conduct, and present basic research skills in the field of terrorism and counterterrorism.
  • TCT-PLO B2: Analyze and evaluate sources, assets, events, and systems for potential risks in order to assess and refine contingency planning to include appropriate consequence management in the field of counterterrorism.
  • TCT-PLO B3: Integrate the general workings and issues of the counterterrorism profession through intellectual inquiry and critical thinking.
  • TCT-PLO B4: Demonstrate the ability to lead and manage across settings unique to the counterterrorism field in an ethical and professional manner.
  • TCT-PLO B5: Express ideas and concepts clearly through oral and written communication that informs, enlightens, and persuades those they serve in the counterterrorism field.

INT300     Fundamentals of Intelligence

INT305     Advanced Critical Thinking and Logic

INT315     Open Source Research

NUC415     Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons

PHIL400     Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

PRO398     Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

SEC340     Effective Writing for the Security Professional

TCT390     Foundations of Terrorism

TCT395     Counterterrorism

TCT396     Terrorist Techniques

TCT425     Religious Extremism

Choose any three courses

NUC350     Principles of Grand Strategy

NUC410     Weapons Systems

TCT306     Media and Terrorism

TCT310     Psychology of Violence

TCT410     Lone Wolf Terrorism

TCT420     Psychology of Fear

TCT430     Ethno/Nationalist Terrorism

TCT435     Terrorist Support Networks

TCT440     Islamism and Terrorism

Choose any six courses.

Students may also include any course from support core courses if not previously taken as a major support core course.

CI3710     Internet Security

CI3715     Cybercrime and Information Systems

CI3725     Network Security

CJ2240     Intro to Private Security

CJ2700     Cybercrime in Criminal Justice

CJ3005     Gangs in America

CJ3020     Serial Killers and the Law

CJ3030/ PL3030     Hate Crimes and the Law

CJ3050     Loss Prevention

CJ3400     Constitutional Law

CJ4000     Psychology and the Law

CJ4450     Security Operations Theory

CJ4500     Homeland Security and Terrorism

INT310     Fundamentals of Analysis

INT320     Propaganda and Disinformation

INT330     Writing for the Intelligence Professional

INT379     History of Intelligence, Part 1

INT380     History of Intelligence, Part 2

INT390     Covert Action

INT400     Counterintelligence

INT401     Interrogation and Interviewing Techniques

INT440     Technical Surveillance

INT445     Operational Security

INT460     Clandestine and Secure Communications

INT476     Intelligence Collection

INT477     Collection Management

INT525DC     Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

NUC410     Weapons Systems

PRO375     History of Executive/Dignitary Protection

PRO380     Conflict Resolution

PRO385     Etiquette and Rapport

PRO405     Consequence Management

PRO422     Building Security

PRO430     Travel and Hospitals

PRO432     Principal’s Office and Residence

PRO433     Off-site Visits

PRO466     Advance Work

PRO494     Essentials of Executive Protection

SEC305     Offensive v. Defensive Security:  Understanding the Broader Security Field

SEC320     Foundations of the Security Industry

SEC326     Foundations of Vehicular Security

SEC344     Protective Security Law

SEC360     Information Security

SEC366     Managing the Security Organization

SEC375     Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

SEC452     Infiltration Techniques

SEC486      Bomb Threat Management

TCT525DC     Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

TCT595DC     Advanced Counterterrorism Operations

TCT596DC     Origins, Evolutions, and Trends in Terrorism

TCT600DC    Advanced Counterterrorism


EN1150     Composition I

EN1300     Composition II

EN2100     Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication

Mathematics Electives

Humanities Electives

Behavioral/Social Science Electives

Science Electives

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career:  Set Up for Success!
CS1203     Bridge to Success:  Creating Your Future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

Gen ED or Open Electives

Gen ED or Open Electives

Special Topics

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.