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Undergraduate Online Program:
Culture and Security Studies (B.S.S.)

  • Introduction

    The Bachelor of Security Studies (B.S.S.) in culture and security studies is meant to increase students’ global cultural competency and knowledge of national security issues. The courses will increase the students’ critical thinking and analytical skills in strategic culture, foreign policy and international security studies. 

    Students who have completed an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force should follow the Bachelor of Cultural Competence and Security Studies (B.C.C.S.S.) degree plan.

  • Degree Plan
     Bachelor of Security Studies (B.S.S.) in Culture and Security Studies
    120 Credit Hours
    Courses Hours
    Border Security 3301, 3340 6
    Cultural Competence 3310, 3312 6
    Cultural Competence and Security Studies 3315, 3317, 4350 9
    Cultural Competence and Security Studies* 15
    Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis 3310, 3320 6

    *Students must take a minimum of 15 semester hours in any combination of regional studies and functional security courses.

    Courses Hours
    Communication 2301  3
    Computational and Applied Math 2305, Mathematics 1302, 1303, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1333, 1561, 2305, 2513  3
    Computer Literacy: Agricultural Economics 1351, Animal Science 1351, Business Computer Information Systems 1305, Computational and Applied Mathematics 1351, Computer Science 1301, 1341, 1351, 1361, 1371, Education 2323, Mass Media 2345, Mathematics 1351, Music 2353, Nursing 2338, or Theatre 2345  3
    English 1301, English 1302, and sophomore literature  9
    History 1301, 1302  6
    Natural Science (two lab sciences): biology, chemistry, geology, physics, physical science  8
    Political Science 2301, 2302  6
     Social Science: Agricultural Economics 1331, Ecnomics 2300, 2301, 2302, Geography 2301, 2305, Psychology 1303, 2301, Sociology 1303, 2301  3
     Minor  18
     Electives  16
  • Courses
    • CUL 3312 Cultural Competence: Making Sense of the World II (3-0).  This course is a continuation of Cultural Competence 3310 that extends its anal­ysis of cultural constructs to include specific issues related to international relations, solutions to global problems, and national security.

    • CUL 3310 Introduction to Cultural Competence: Making Sense of the World I (3-0). This course serves as an introduction to various analytical ap­proaches for understanding the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction. Students will explore the variety of “worlds” made visible through the lens of theory. The course aims to foster critical thinking about how cultural constructs shape our understanding of the world and attempted solutions to global problems.

    • ISSA 3320 Intelligence and Democracy: Issues and Conflicts (3-0). This course examines the conduct of intelligence activities by democratic states, focusing on the inherent conflict between the secret nature of intelligence and “open society.” Using a case study approach, students will review the intelligence organizations in the U.S. and other democracies as well as cases where there has been a clash between democratic values and intelligence activities. The course analyzes the requirements for effective intelligence operations and the impact of oversight and control of those operations. Students will examine Government “control” of intelligence op­erations; Judicial and Congressional oversight, management, and interven­tion; and the role and influence of media and public opinion on intelligence activities. Moreover, as a result of 9/11 and the war on terror, students will explore the conundrum of determining whether and to what degree a neces­sary balance exists between secrecy of intelligence operations at home and abroad and democracy.

    • ISSA 3310 Introduction to the Discipline of Intelligence (3-0). This course focuses on the theory and practice of the disciplines of intelligence to in­clude the intelligence process, the key functions of the intelligence cycle, intelligence technology, analysis, collection capabilities, covert action, and policy support. Students will examine the role of intelligence in national security, policy formation, diplomacy, homeland security, and other national priorities. Students will do a comparative review of the Cold War intelligence community and post-9/11 period of the emergence of the current national Intelligence Community (IC). Students will examine partnerships between the IC and the military services, academic, and scientific communities in developing intelligence practices and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Re­connaissance (ISR) systems and capabilities to address the intelligence challenges of the past 60 years. Finally, the course emphasizes the im­portance of preparing and providing intelligence to both policy makers and our nation’s warfighters in a manner that result in information sharing and underscores a post-9/11 commitment to conduct intelligence activities in a manner that fully respects and protects American civil liberties and privacy. 

    • CCSS 4350 Globalization and International Security (3-0). Since the end of World War II, globalization has had a profound impact on the policies, economics, societies and militaries of both state and non-state actors on the regional and world stages. Globalization has brought improved conditions to some nation-states, but for others, it has created an environment of “haves and have nots.” Globalization has also led to ethnic, economic, and religious conflict in regions affecting the national security of the developed world. This course will analyze the way our interconnected world creates differing realities for different nation-states and regions, and what the likely scenarios are for the future of the 21st century. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Cultural Competence and Security Studies 4150.)

    • CCSS 3317 American Government Politics and National Security (3-0). This course introduces students to the study of politics and government and examines the basic ideological, structural, and procedural choices faced by any political system. Students will understand the foundations and traditions of American democracy and the structure, decision processes and policy outcomes, especially defense policy outputs, of the American political system. Students will also examine current policy issues affecting the military.

    • CCSS 3315 Contemporary Security Issues in World Politics (3-0). This course focuses on current, major issues with an international dimension and/or global impact and with salience for the emerging patters of world politics. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, it examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework that explain interactions among nation states and other actors on the international stage.

    • BOR 3340 Legal Issues in International Relations (3-0). Students receive an in-depth overview of laws, policy, strategy, organization, and plans for deal­ing with various natural, accidental and premeditated threats to homeland security. Students review the respective and relative roles and responsibili­ties of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens for U.S. national security. Students discuss various policy and strat­egy issues, including balancing security and civil liberties and information sharing and protection and the USA Patriot Act. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 3340.)

    • BOR 3301 Studies in Homeland Security (3-0). This course introduces the student to the field of Border Security Studies. Students focus on a com­prehensive, up-to-date overview of border security from an all-hazards per­spective. Border security is viewed as a fundamental component of Home­land Security, and as such students examine a wide variety of threats to the homeland. This course incorporates the concepts of critical infrastructure, gathering and analysis of strategic intelligence, and develops the student’s technical writing skills. Students review the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citi­zens in homeland security. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3101 or Criminal Justice 3301.)

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