National Security

A Degree in National Security  from one of our partner universities will Increase your readiness for the job market by deepening your interdisciplinary knowledge of national security issues and operations

The discipline covers how nation-states leverage diplomatic, military, information, economic (DIME) and other instruments of power to gain strategic advantage in competitive international relations.

Degree map

A Degree MAP is your step by step guide for taking all the courses you need to earn your degree. Each undergraduate program has its own combination of requirements that are needed to complete the program and earn your bachelor’s degree. Our advisors will walk you through the process and help set you up for success. The Degree MAP is composed of a student’s core concentration courses, on top of their general requirements per University and the electives. Depending on their degree path students will be required to take different amounts of Lower and Upper level courses, that are introductory all the way to advanced level courses per discipline.
General Education Credits
National Security Credits
Electives Credits
Partner University Credits
Job Growth Rate 8.1% Recommended Degree Bachelor’s National Avg. Salary
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What Career Paths does this Degree Program offer?

  • Intelligence analyst
  • Background investigator
  • Accounting Firm
  • Graduate school
  • Security professional
  • Teaching
  • Government Service
  • Law enforcement agent/officer
  • Security Labor Relations

Introduction to National Security (NS 101)

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This course is situated at the intersection of American politics and international relations, and examines national security policy making and implementation, and the political-domestic and global-interactions that determine grand strategy and security politics in an advanced democracy. Learn about the constitutional authority of the U.S. congress, presidency, and executive agencies (such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Central Intelligence Agency) and how they defend national interests.

Comparative National Security Analysis (NS 303)

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This course focuses on complex factors involved with protecting national interests and security. Learn about the economic, geo-political, sociological, and regional cultural factors that drive nations and non-state actors to seek local and international partnerships and/or initiate and engage in conflict. In addition, you study the role of the military in non-combat humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and evacuation operations as you become familiar with the Diplomatic, Information, Military, and Economic (DIME) framework of national power.

National Security Ethics and Diversity (NS 301)

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Discover your own ethical type as you learn about issues of moral judgment in public service. Take a closer look at case studies of wrongful obedience, loyal dissent, and whistleblowing; accountability and mitigation; human and ecological interventions in foreign and international affairs; and the benefits of diversity and inclusion in government agencies and nonprofit organizations and businesses with a global reach.

War & Peace after Cold War (NS 350)

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Analyze key actors and trends in international relations during and after the end of the Cold War. Learn how cooperation changed to rivalry by studying the Balkans Wars; Islamic fundamentalism and the War on Terror; competition between Russia, China, and the United States; national response to terrorist threats and global health and climate dilemmas; and the role of the United States in world politics and the global economy. Students choose this course or Order and Disorder in the Middle East and North Africa. Pending approval, another international relations course might satisfy this requirement.

Counterterrorism: Constitutional and Legislative Issues (NS 410)

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This course explores the evolution of national security as a concept, a legal framework, and a redirection of national policies and priorities. The political, economic, and practical issues of implementation are examined. The course provides an overview of the history of the terrorist threat, United States responses, and an introduction to fundamental policy legislation and documents, such as national security strategies, homeland security decision directives, the National Response Plan, and National Incident Management System. The Department of Homeland Security model of planning, protecting, responding, and recovering from a natural disaster and terrorist attacks is also described.

Notice: All courses are samples of general courses offered by SmarterDegree, its partners and Universities. Not all courses listed are the exact titles or offered directly from