Bachelor of Arts

You are a protector. You want your family, friends, community and nation to be safe ... always. Learn to define, detect and defend against emerging threats in your country and in your world through classes in security, intelligence and terrorism. Then, your service begins.

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 againstthreats 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 and 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 Intelligence & Security Studies concentration is designed for students contemplating jobs in the military, the intelligence community, or foreign affairs. 

 

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

  • ENF441 Counterintelligence/Counter-terrorism 
  • JUS215 Homeland Security and the Legal System 
  • POL313 American National Security Policy
  • POL341 Covert Action and Intelligence
  • POL420 Transnational and Unconventional Threats 
  • POL425 Intelligence Analysis

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

All Government & National Security concentrations offered

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.

  • Corporate Chief of Security
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • National Security Agency
  • Secret Service
  • State Department
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Marshals
  • Department of Defense Agencies
  • Military Service
  • National Security Agency

Faculty

Dr. Gene Chintala
Dr. Gene Chintala Associate Professor of Political Science
David Selnick
David Selnick Assistant Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences / Assistant...

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