– Jessica Paule, Class of 2015
Government & National Security with a concentration in Politics & Government
Patriots have a responsibility to fulfill. To serve. To secure. To represent. Join the ranks of a new generation that protects our country. With a solid foundation in government and national security, you could be a part of a new field of analysts, policymakers and foreign policy scholars. Be a patriot.
You Are The Next Generation
Our national security depends upon the creativity, energy, and skills of young people serving with federal, state, and local agencies and operating in our homeland at our borders and overseas. The next generation of diplomats, military officers, and analysts with the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and state and local offices will help define, detect, and defend against threats to our national security that emerge in coming years. Hiring at all levels of government reflects our urgent and continuing need for more and better-educated professionals to defend our nation and its interests.
Tiffin University has developed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Government & National Security to help meet the growing and demanding needs of our governing agencies for motivated and well-educated graduates. Recruiters and other representatives from the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Marshals, among others, have come to TU to encourage our graduating seniors to apply for permanent positions with their agencies. They look to TU because they know our graduates have the kind of practical, real-world education necessary to meet the many security challenges in the coming years.
A Faculty With Real World Experience
Our Government & National Security program reflects the real world of national security because our faculty comes from that world. Our faculty has served in combat, in CIA stations, in military installations, with international organizations, in FBI field offices, with U.S. Marshals, and in the White House. They bring the real world of national security to our program through outside speakers, internships, and, most of all, through instruction every day in the classroom.
TU Makes It All Relevant!
You won’t be doing book reports. You’ll be doing written and oral briefings on both real and hypothetical security situations that require quick analysis and problem solving. You will learn using the same tools and methods that our national security agencies use for current employees. You will learn how everything taught in our classrooms applies in the real world.& TU makes it all relevant!
The first section of this major draws on those parts of a traditional curriculum that bear directly upon the workings of our governmental system in general, and our national security system in particular, at the federal, state, and local levels.
The second section of this major focuses on the structure, elements, and history of our consideration and the six major instruments of national power – diplomacy, military, economy/commerce, law enforcement, covert action, and homeland security – used to protect and promote our national security. The curriculum also applies these elements to the issues of international security and globalization that our majors will face upon graduation.
Students obtaining the Government & National Security degree may choose between two concentrations: the Intelligence & Security Studies concentration and the Politics & Government concentration. The Politics & Government concentration is designed for students contemplating careers in law, in electoral politics, or in the broader public sector.
What You Can Expect From Your TU Government & National Security Degree:
- Graduates will be able to analyze, and devise solutions for, problems in national security within the framework of our instruments of national power and their use within our political/legal and policy context.
- Graduates will possess a detailed understanding of the history and culture of other parts of the world and how it affects national security.
- Graduates will understand the historical context for current international security threats that face the United States at home and abroad, and how the United States uses the tools of state power to protect the vital interests of America.
- Graduates will understand potential careers and work expectations in the field of national security.
- Graduates will exhibit critical multimodal communication skills.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to write and think critically.
Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences 12 hours
Government & National Security Major 18 hours
- POL205 The Presidency
- POL206 The Congress
- POL207 The Courts
- POL320 Public Administration
- POL391 Comparative Political Systems
- POL400 The Constitution, Liberty, and Order
Total BA hours 121-123 hours
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August
Counterintelligence/Counter-terrorism (ENF441) - This course addresses the issues of counterintelligence and counter-terrorism (covert information modification and planned preemptive responses). This course will provide an explanation of these two different tactical operational modalities. The interconnectivity of these two separate operational fields will be examined to determine their structural relationship in combating an enemy threat. Additionally, this course will examine the geopolitical utilization of these operational methodologies by U.S. domestic and foreign-based operatives providing security to U.S. domestic security interests. Lastly, this course will examine the use of technology and human intelligence in their application regarding counterintelligence.
Homeland Security and the Legal System (JUS215) - This course will examine the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (organizational restructuring of U.S. investigative, security and catastrophic response agencies). An overview will be provided of the CONPLAN (U.S. Governments Interagency Domestic Terrorism Concept of Operations Plan). Presidential Directives 39 and 62, the Patriot Act and evolving case law will also be discussed. The legal approach to terrorism and homeland security will be examined along with the potential effect of these laws and procedures on the civil liberties of citizens of the United States. Additionally, there will be an analysis of international borders and airport security relating to the 4th Amendment.
American National Security Policy (POL313) - Students trace the development of national security in the United States from its conceptual birth during World War II to the present day, including the role that intelligence plays in national security policy. The course examines how national security policy has developed through succeeding presidential administrations.
Transnational and Unconventional Threats (POL420) - Students will examine some of the unconventional security threats posed by transnational actors and organizations. Topics to be covered include globalization, WMD proliferation, drug cartels, energy security, information security, pandemics, and border security. Students will also critically assess how best to organize America’s national security apparatus to respond to these wide-ranging unconventional threats.
Intelligence Analysis (POL425) - The intelligence world is one of ambiguity, nuance, and complexity. Knowing one’s enemies and knowing one’s self has been sage advice for centuries. But how does one know what your enemies are thinking? This course focuses on the conversion of processed information into intelligence through the integration, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of all source data and the preparation of intelligence products in support of known or anticipated user requirements. Analysis is but one phase of the intelligence process, but it is perhaps the most important. Students who take this course will expand their research, computer, communication and analytical skills in order to identify significant facts and derive sound conclusions from imperfect and often contradictory information and flawed evidence.
- Elected Office
- Federal Government Executive
- Local, State and Federal Government Staff
While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:
- Department of State
- Legal Council / Judge Advocate
- Local, State, and Federal government agencies
- Political Campaigns
- Public Office
- Public Official Staff Members
Professor Selnick joined Tiffin University in January 2013. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the United States Air Force, performing duty as a Cyberspace Operations officer, a Logistics officer, and a Politico-Military specialist. Professor Selnick served in numerous locations across the United States, as well as several foreign countries.
During his time in the Air Force, Professor Selnick spent four years in Ottawa, Canada, as a Foreign Exchange Officer with the Canadian Forces, serving in a semi-diplomatic capacity. He also served in Baghdad, Iraq, as part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he helped plan, execute, and manage the largest logistical movement of U.S. troops and materiel since World War II--including subsistence products worth over $3 billion per year. As a result of his efforts, he was awarded the Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award at the Major Command level. Professor Selnick later served as a communications officer for Special Operations Command Central, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in the Middle East as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His responsibilities included tactical and base-level communications for Special Operations Forces in the entire U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. In 2007, US Central Command named him the Communications Officer of the Year. Professor Selnick's last assignment prior to retiring from the Air Force was as the Chief of Cyber Security Strategy and Planning at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. There, he was responsible for numerous efforts, including working cooperatively with our defense industry partners to better protect their networks from cyber espionage and with the Intelligence Community to determine the damage that resulted (in terms of dollars, technological knowledge, and the development of countermeasures) from cyber intrusions. He also worked extensively with offices across the service to reorganize the way the Air Force manages cryptography.
He is a contributor to an ongoing joint effort between the US Army Cultural Resources program and the University of Colorado's Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands to develop and publish the first Cultural Heritage Guide for Field Commanders.
Professor Selnick is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), an independent policy institute based in London, UK; the US Committee of the Blue Shield; the Archaeological Institute of America and its Cultural Heritage Military Panel; the Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Working Group; the Society for Military History; the Air Force Association; and the Jane Austen Society of North America. He is also a certified Project Management Professional ® through the Project Management Institute.
Professor Selnick has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Organization Development degree, also from BGSU, a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Museum, Gallery, and Heritage Studies from Newcastle University, where he is researching the legal and moral obligations regarding the protection of cultural property during a time of conflict.