Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Domestic Counter-Terrorism Studies: Policy and Management Concentration

Since 9/11, the military, federal government agencies, and private military contractors have developed new counter-terrorism procedures leading to an increased demand for high wage counter-terrorism jobs. Courses in this concentration focus on an in-depth understanding of motivations and trends, threat assessment, information security, leadership, public policy planning, preparedness and response.

The study of the causes, methods, detection, and prevention of domestic terrorism provides critical background for careers in law enforcement and public policy, among others. The rise of domestic terrorism has created an urgent need for professionals who can lead communities and the nation in the prevention of mass shooting, bombings, or other incidents involving injury or death. The Becker College domestic counter-terrorism studies program will produce graduates prepared for careers in law enforcement, firefighting, government, law, emergency response and management, and research.

Courses include: the history and causes of domestic terrorism, public preparedness, emergency management, law enforcement techniques, and public policy. In addition, policies and methods for dealing with acts of terrorism will be explored. Students receive interdisciplinary training in advanced research into causes and management techniques, learning a wide range of skills necessary to anticipate, understand, and deal with incidents of terrorism. Courses in U.S. history and constitutional law and policy are also provided to prepare students for dealing with domestic threats.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the role of government and civilian agencies in the areas of national security and counter-terrorism
  • Explore the concepts of national security and counter-terrorism in the international environment
  • Examine the development of concepts and frameworks related to national security and counter terrorism
  • Demonstrate higher-level skills in critical analysis and assessment
  • Understand the epistemological difficulties involved in the use of the word, “terrorism,” and definitional problems posed by the concept of terrorism
  • Familiarity with different theories which attempt to identify the causes of terrorism and political violence
  • Understand the historical background of the modern phenomenon of terrorism by tracing the development of terrorist tactics from antiquity to the present
  • Understand the emergence of terrorism and political violence in different parts of the world
  • Understand the main features of Islamic radicalism and its relationship to terrorism and political violence
  • Understand the logic of counter-terrorism and its impact of democracy and human rights
  • Understand various methodological problems involved in the study of terrorism and political violence

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