Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies
by UTEP Connect
All too frequently, countries around the globe are faced with complex, multidimensional security challenges. These include the spread of nuclear weapons, terrorism, cybercrime, political conflicts, religion-based disputes, civil war, food security and environmental degradation.
The management and careful handling of such threats is vital within both the government and the private sector, creating a need for security experts with the skills, knowledge, and creativity to respond in a flexible, professional manner.
If you are interested in a career in security, The University of Texas at El Paso’s online Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies program will adequately prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need.
The UTEP Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies is a 100-percent specialized online program designed for law enforcement, military, intelligence and homeland security professionals seeking an undergraduate degree in a field of study relevant to their careers. Qualified students aspiring to work in the security sphere are also eligible for admission.
The aim of this undergraduate program is to forge professionals who can critically analyze and provide solutions to the security problems facing the United States and the rest of the world.
During the process of obtaining an undergraduate degree in security studies, students will:
- Become familiar with the nature of security from a technological, social, economic, political, military and legal perspective.
- Find out about the protection of institutions and individuals, their values, rules and norms from any foreign and known sources.
- Learn to use real-world analytical skills to scrutinize modern-day security threats.
- Leverage practical skills to think critically, analyze structured intelligence and evaluate policies needed for expert analysis of security in both the government and private sector.
- Use acquired skills for operational planning, innovation and policy evaluation by employing scenario exercises and dynamic simulations.
Students who wish to advance their careers can do so by earning an online Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering, or by taking another closely related graduate course in the field of security. Many of UTEP’s Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies graduates secure employment in:
- Government and non-governmental organizations
- Security companies
- Military intelligence
- Cybersecurity agencies
- Law enforcement
- Foreign affairs
- Border protection
To successfully earn UTEP’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Security Studies, you are required to complete 48 semester hours (16 courses), exclusive of the university’s core curriculum requirements and the College of Liberal Arts General Education block electives and language requirements.
All the courses in this program are offered online, which makes it convenient for full-time students who also work. However, the course can also be taken on a part-time basis.
The program does not have major course electives, and all students take a standard program of required major courses at the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior levels.
Why study at UTEP?
Because UTEP’s security studies program is completely online, you don’t have to worry about being late for classes or on-campus events. The online format is also ideal for working individuals. Additionally, the program is taught by highly qualified faculty members with extensive experience in security studies.
UTEP has a longstanding history of excellence in educating students online, both in the U.S. and abroad, and is ranked No. 1 in social mobility and No. 8 overall among national research universities.