BA in Security Studies Online

Program Coordinator: Carmen Medellin
Faculty: Coulthart, Duke, Valero
Adjunct Faculty: Barragan, Caire, Cross, Gorman, Hamm, Leiman, Lott, Morris, Rinehart, Rockwell, Ulatowski 

Kelly Hall, Room 213B
(915) 747-6906
nssi@utep.edu

The online Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, critical examination of the contemporary security environment and the ability to understand and analyze complex security problems confronting the United States and international community.  This specialized online degree has been developed primarily with active homeland security, intelligence, law enforcement, and military professionals in mind; and who are seeking undergraduate degree completion in a field of study highly relevant and practical for their careers.  This undergraduate program is also very useful for students wanting to enter into these fields.  All qualified prospective students are welcome to apply for admission.  Students completing this rigorous undergraduate program are well prepared for graduate study in Security Studies or a closely related field and/or are equipped academically and professional to make an immediate impact in a host of security-related careers.

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED ONLY IN THE DISTANCE LEARNING/ONLINE FORMAT.

Program Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours.
  2. Fulfill the general education, block electives, and foreign language core requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts. 
    1. Security Studies majors need to fulfill the mathematics requirement by taking MATH 1320. 
  3. Complete six (6) credit hours of intermediate levels Spanish. Pre-requisites may exist before taking the intermediate level courses. Spanish is the only foreign language available online. 

Major Requirements (48 semester hours)

The major requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies consists of 16 required courses (48 semester hours).  This total is exclusive of UTEP's Core Curriculum requirements and the College of Liberal Arts General Education block elective and language requirements.

All courses are offered in an intensive, 7 week online format for maximum scheduling flexibility for full-time, working students.  This rigorous, but ultimately convenient undergraduate program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

This undergraduate program consists of required major courses at the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior level.  There are no major course electives.  All students take a standard program of required major courses.  This highly specialized online undergraduate degree does not have a minor requirement.

Freshman Level
INSS 1301History and Security3
INSS 1302Geography and Security3
Sophomore Level
INSS 2302Security Studies3
INSS 2303Writing for Security Prof.3
INSS 2304Statistics for Security Stud.3
INSS 2305Modern Strategy3
Junior Level
INSS 3302Sem in Intel and Nat'l Sec3
INSS 3340Seminar in Homeland Security3
INSS 3348Cyberspace & National Security3
INSS 3349Security Operations3
Senior Level
INSS 4301Intel Collection & Analysis3
INSS 4302Intel & Transnational Threats3
INSS 4303Ethics and Security3
INSS 4347Critical Infrastructure Prtctn3
INSS 4380Cybersecurity3
INSS 4390Senior Capstone3

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies.  Students with a semester GPA below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation by the program.  Students will have only twelve (12) semester hours (four courses) to return to "good" academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or better.  Those students failing to return to good academic standing after 12 semester hours may be dismissed from the undergraduate program.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

ESOL Students
Students who completed ESOL 1311 and ESOL 1312 will also need to complete ESOL 2303 with a grade of C or better.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Security Studies Major
Required Courses:
INSS 1301History and Security3
INSS 1302Geography and Security3
INSS 2302Security Studies3
INSS 2303Writing for Security Prof.3
INSS 2304Statistics for Security Stud.3
INSS 2305Modern Strategy3
Upper-Division Coursework:
Select one of the following:3
Sem in Intel and Nat'l Sec
Seminar in Homeland Security
Cyberspace & National Security
Security Operations
Intel Collection & Analysis
Intel & Transnational Threats
Ethics and Security
Critical Infrastructure Prtctn
Cybersecurity
Senior Capstone
Major Electives:
Select six additional hours6
Foreign Language
Select a sequence from the following options: 16
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk
and Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk
Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One
and Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Intensive Span for Span Speak
French Three
and French Four
German Three
and German Four
Accelerated Latin One
and Accelerated Latin Two
Intermediate Portguese I
and Intermediate Portuguese II
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Block Electives
Complete eighteen upper-division hours from the blocks below, with three to nine hours in each18
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Lab for GEOL 1314
Lab for GEOL 1313
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6