What is the purpose of the new program?
Since September 11, 2001, the issue of Homeland Security has been foremost in the minds of most Americans. Terrorism in the United States is not new. On March 1, 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists sprayed the U. S. House of Representatives with 30shots, wounding five representatives. The events of 9-11, however, were of such a magnitude as to necessitate a drastic change in methods all levels of government must take to protect the American people. Although Homeland Security Departments have been created at the national and state levels, the first line of defense against terrorism is the police officer on the street.
"Inside the United States, where the war [on terrorism] began, we must continue to give our Homeland Security and law enforcement personnel every tool they need to defend us."
President George W. Bush, Jan. 20, 2004
What is the curriculum of the new program?
We know that terrorism has many faces such as international, domestic, religious, political, state-sponsored, or individually based. The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security is designed to acquaint the police officer with an understanding of terrorism as a concept, to recognize the various motivations, to be aware of targets at the local level, to manage and operate in inter-agency operations of rescue and recovery, and means of prevention and protection. Its interdisciplinary approach gives the officer a broad understanding of theory and practice in the field.
Summary of Degree Requirements
|General Education Core||41|
|Criminal Justice Required||39|
|Total Credit Hours Required for degree||120|
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Where can I find a detailed curriculum outline?
|General Education Core (41) Credit Hours|
|ENGL 1010 & 1020 (English Composition)||6|
|COMM 1010 (Fund. Public Speaking)||3|
|HIST 2010 & 2020 (American History)||6|
|Humanities (Art, Music, Philosophy, Theater)||6|
|ENGL 2030 (Traditions in World Literature)||3|
|MATH 1010, 1530, 1730, 1810, or 1910||3|
|Sciences with Laboratories||8|
|PSY 1010 (General Psychology)||3|
|SOC 2010 (Introduction to Sociology)||3|
|Total General Education Core||41|
|Criminal Justice Required Courses (39) Credit Hours|
|CRJ 1010: Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJ 3000: Constitutional Law||3|
|CRJ 3010: Criminal Law (or PM 3170)||3|
|CRJ 3020: Criminal Evidence & Procedures||3|
|CRJ 3030: Terrorism and the Law||3|
|CRJ 3100: Network Security||3|
|CRJ 3400: Terrorism: Understanding the Threat||3|
|CRJ 3410: Domestic Terrorism||3|
|CRJ 3420: International Terrorism||3|
CRJ 3430: Management of Incidents of Terrorism
|CRJ 3440: Terrorism Prevention||3|
CRJ 4000: Law Enforcement Administration or PM 3230
|PM 3760: Methods of Research for Admin||3|
|Total Required Criminal Justice||39|
|Guided Electives (22)|
Twenty-two hours of guided electives are to be taken in consultation with the advisor in order for the student to obtain maximum benefit from the degree program. All students entering APSU with less than 12 traditional Credit hours must take APSU 1000, a one-hour freshman orientation course as one of these guided electives.
Interdisciplinary Concentration (18)
|CRJ 3040: International Law||3|
|CRJ 3210: Medico-legal Forensics||3|
CRJ 3220: Criminal Investigations: Procedures & Practices
|CRJ 3300: Ethics in Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJ 4200: Special Topics in Criminal Justice||3|
|PHIL 380B: Islam as a World View||3|
|PM 3160: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties||3|
|PM 3240: Public Budgeting & Finance||3|
|PM 4320: Administrative Law||3|
|PM 4330: Political Aspects of Criminal Behavior||3|
|POLS 2010: American National Government||3|
POLS 2040: Introduction to Public Policy
|POLS 2070: International Politics||3|
POLS 3020: American Foreign Policy
|POLS 3040: U. S. Defense Policy||3|
POLS 3070: Contending Theories of
|POLS 3080: Causes and Prevention of War||3|
|POLS 4030: Diplomacy||3|
|POLS 4070: Ethics & International Politics||3|
|POLS 4100: Politics of Terrorism||3|
|POLS 4110: State Sponsored Terrorism||3|
|POLS 4120: Politics of the Middle East||3|
|PSY 2210: Human Interaction||3|
|PSY 3330: Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 4060: Group Dynamics||3|
|PSY 4360: Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SOC 2050: Social Problems||3|
|SOC 3040: Urban Sociology||3|
|SOC 3050: Race Relations & Minority Peoples||3|
|SOC 3140: Sociology of Deviant Behavior||3|
|SOC 3200: Crime & Delinquency||3|
|SW 3440: Crisis Intervention||3|
|SW 4440Z: Law and Social Work||3|
|Total Interdisciplinary Major||18|
What are the employment opportunities for graduates with this degree?
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security is designed to appeal to currently employed officers as well as prospective officers. The degree relevant as most law enforcement agencies, at the city, county, state, and federal levels, are specifically seeking officers with training homeland security. Further, many businesses and industries seek trained personnel in the field.
Is this a traditional or On-Line degree program?
This program is best classified as a traditional program with the classes in the major being offered at Austin Peay @ Fort Campbell Center. Most of the criminal justice courses, as well as the core courses and interdisciplinary courses, are offered on-line throughout the academic year.
How do I file an application for admission?
You may file an application for admission with the Office of Admissions, the Information Window at Fort Campbell, or on-line at www.apsu.edu/admissions.
Where do I find information about admissions, fee payments, financial aid, registration, and course selections?
This information, and more, can be found at https://apweb.apsu.edu.
Where do I find out more about online learning?
APSU on-line learning information can be found at www.apsu.edu/online.
I'm interested in becoming an adjunct instructor in the program. What are the requirements to teach?
Potential adjunct instructors must hold at minimum a Master's Level degree with at least 18 hours of graduate work in the related field. Doctorates are preferred. Adjuncts may either be assigned to lecture courses or for web-based courses and are paid on a fee basis. Interested and qualified persons should contact Dr. James Prescott at 931.221.1469 or at email@example.com.
James Prescott, Ph.D.
Austin Peay State University
P.O. Box 4455
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044