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Online Homeland Security Degree Concentration Criminal Justice BS in Counterterrorism

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Register By: October 23 Classes Start: October 25

Earn Your Homeland Security Degree

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Get up to 12 credits for law enforcement training
  • Median annual salary of $88,060 for federally employed police and detectives1
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Learn from instructors with front-line experience
  • 24/7 online access to the classroom 

Homeland Security Degree Online Overview

Work on the front lines of national security with Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security & Counterterrorism. By pursuing this highly focused homeland security degree online, you'll gain insights into an area of criminal justice that continues to grow in demand and develop a deep understanding of the threat of terrorism and how best to respond to it.

In the homeland security degree concentration, you'll examine the nature and history of terrorism, why terrorist groups succeed and fail, how to combat terror and how to respond to domestic and international terrorist campaigns. You'll also explore a wide range of security efforts and develop the analytical and policy skills required in this field.

Courses in the homeland security degree program will take you deep into the realms of psychology, American politics, criminal law and subjects specific to the study of terrorism and counterterrorism. Experienced, knowledgeable faculty will help you chart your course to a professional career in any number of related fields.

Learn how to:

  • Gather and interpret intelligence to assess threats, develop responses and inform policy
  • Examine new technologies and societal trends that affect how law enforcement operates
  • Promote community relations and partnerships with cultural awareness
  • Communicate effectively and professionally
  • Understand discretionary decision-making in relation to laws, regulations and ethics
  • Develop research-based solutions to complex issues
  • Understand theories of human motivation and behavior

Get credit for law enforcement training: If you have completed a basic police, corrections or probation and parole academy training, you may receive up to 12 credits toward your criminal justice degree at SNHU.

Career Outlook

Criminal justice jobs can be highly competitive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of protective service occupations is projected to increase 3% from 2018 to 2028.1 With a slower-than-average job growth, making yourself stand out to employers is imperative.

Brian Rich with the text Brian Rich"In today's environment, there is great competition and law enforcement agencies seek out the very best candidates," said Brian Rich, SNHU criminal justice faculty member and former FBI agent. "Our future leaders and heroes must be better educated than the criminal element."

And the best way to get that education? Rich believes it's by earning your bachelor's degree in homeland security online from Southern New Hampshire University. Graduates of our homeland security degree program have the opportunity to begin or advance a career in criminal justice with specialized skills.

Beyond standard police and detective roles, the homeland security concentration could help prepare you for employment in government roles such as:

  • Border patrol agent. Secure U.S. borders as an armed and uniformed member of the federal police. You'll have the responsibility of preventing illegal trafficking of people and contraband as well as detecting terrorist threats.
  • Federal air marshal. Protect airline passengers and crew members by taking passenger flights worldwide. Performing investigative work, you'll proactively fight terrorist violence and suspicious criminal activity.
  • Transportation security officer. As a member of the Transportation Security Administration, you'll keep people safe by screening passengers and luggage at controlled entrances and exits in airports.
  • Emergency management director. Working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, you'll coordinate relief for disasters – ranging from extreme weather phenomena to terrorist attacks – that overwhelm local and state resources.

Note: Law enforcement positions may involve additional training and eligibility requirements.

And if you've served in the military, transitioning to civilian work in homeland security can be a great choice. With a track record of passion for service, veterans have the opportunity to continue protecting the people through occupations directly supporting our national defense. No matter what job you had as a military service member, you're likely to find a job at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that builds upon the unique skills you possess.

Private companies also contract with the government to provide products and services for defense and security purposes. These companies have sensitive – and often secretive – operations that require a team of people skilled in recognizing, managing and defeating threats. Some job titles include:

  • Counterterrorism watchlist analyst
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance manager
  • Security specialist
  • Signals intelligence analyst
  • Site manager

These professions could provide work opportunities from home or abroad and may require special clearance from the U.S. government.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

This specialized program offers students a focused overview of the purpose and function of homeland security and counterterrorism. You’ll explore how historical events and cultural differences within and outside of the U.S. have influenced the evolution of criminal justice. Strategies such as intelligence gathering, threat assessment and collaboration among various branches of the criminal justice system will be examined.

Concentration courses in this homeland security degree program may include:

  • Introduction to Homeland Security and Counterterrorism: Explore the differences between homeland security and counterterrorism to determine agencies' roles in keeping citizens safe. You'll also study the history of the Department of Homeland Security and how terrorism has both created and shaped this federal executive department.
  • Intelligence and Counterintelligence: Study the history of espionage and counterintelligence to understand the benefits of methods used to gather and analyze information. You'll also explore how intelligence and counterintelligence are used in maintaining safety, informing policy and supporting business.
  • Terrorism in the United States: Examine how ideology and culture influence acts of terror and the evolution of homegrown terrorism throughout history. You'll analyze real terrorist organizations – both domestic and foreign – as well as the impact of terror on society as a whole.
  • Security Management: Learn about security management strategies used to maintain public safety. By exploring asset and vulnerability identification, you'll examine the value of security partnerships, emerging trends in safety and emergency management, and how practices have evolved over time.

Courses are taught by criminal justice professionals with years of experience in police departments, military branches, government agencies and more.

Dr Jeff Czarnec in a suit with text 'Dr. Jeff Czarnec'“Students will reap the benefits of progressive and authentic course content taught by professionals working on the front lines of the homeland security profession," said Dr. Jeff Czarnec, SNHU's associate dean of criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Communication Certificate

Jobs in the criminal justice field demand critical thinkers with tip-top communication skills. That’s why SNHU’s online criminal justice degree program includes the option of earning a communication certificate. Built to prepare learners with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people, the certificate gives students resources to improve their ability to collect and convey field-related information.

Upon graduating, some students also choose to gain more knowledge through a master's in criminal justice online. SNHU offers a graduate concentration in advanced counterterrorism and homeland security for more specialized graduate study.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All online bachelor's degree students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Major courses: The criminal justice curriculum requires completion of 13 major courses, making up 39 of your bachelor's credits. These courses provide the practical knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish your career goals.
  • Concentration courses: To successfully complete the homeland security and counterterrorism concentration, you'll need to complete 4 specialized concentration courses for a total of 12 credits.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:

  • (viewed May 19, 2020)
  • (viewed May 28, 2020)
  • (viewed May 19, 2020)

Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

2According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.