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Online Homeland Security Degree Concentration Criminal Justice BS in Counterterrorism

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Register By: June 24 Classes Start: June 26

Earn Your Homeland Security Degree

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Get up to 12 credits for law enforcement training
  • Median annual salary of $93,970 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.

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 can help you chart your course to a professional career in any number of related fields.

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.

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What You'll Learn

  • The history of terrorism
  • Intelligence gathering and interpretation
  • How to respond to and combat terrorism
  • Theories of human motivation and behavior
  • Cultural awareness and ethics
  • Analytical and policy skills

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

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"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.

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BS in Criminal Justice graduate and full-time paralegal Vince Farrell '21 found tremendous value in pursuing his degree with SNHU.

"Working in the legal system for roughly 9 years before starting my program, I thought I knew a lot," said Farrell. "However, this was quickly disproven as my coursework started and the theories began to roll."

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, detect terrorist threats and prevent trafficking of people and contraband.

Federal Air Marshal

Protect airline passengers and crew members, and investigative and fight terrorist  and criminal activity.

Transportation Security Officer

Keep people safe by screening passengers and luggage at controlled entrances and exits in airports.

Emergency Management Director

Work for FEMA to coordinate relief for disasters like extreme weather events and terrorist attacks.

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.

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

If you've served in the military, transitioning to civilian work in homeland security can be a great choice. No matter what job you had as a military service member, you could find a job at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that builds upon the unique skills you possess.

Job Growth and Salary

Homeland security jobs tend to be very stable because the people who do them are fulfilling a calling, not just clocking hours. There is opportunity to advance throughout your career – often while earning a steady salary with excellent benefits.

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Job Growth

Employment in protective service occupations is projected to increase 2% through 2031,1 resulting in about 72,600 new jobs over the decade.

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Salaries can vary greatly, depending on your job duties, title and experience. The median annual wage for federally employed police detectives was $93,970 in 2021.1

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

Learn from Homeland Security Professionals

Picture of Jeff CzarnecDr. Jeff Czarnec, associate dean of criminal justice

“Students will reap the benefits of progressive and authentic course content taught by professionals working on the front lines of the homeland security profession."

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.

"They [instructors] helped me tremendously throughout all of my classes, were easily accessible and always treated me with respect," said graduate Vince Farrell '21.

In addition to the help of his instructors, Farrell found the course content of his program to be extremely beneficial.

"My favorite class was CJ-120 Cultural Awareness in Criminal Justice," he said. "I learned a ton about diversity within the criminal justice system and why diversity is of the utmost importance. It has helped me identify my own implicit biases and helped me work to overcome them."

Embedded 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 an embedded communication certificate. Built to prepare eligible 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

Degree-Specific Courses

In addition to your general education courses and electives, you are required to complete 13 criminal justice courses (39 credits) for your major, and 4 specialized  courses (12 credits) for the homeland security and counterterrorism concentration.

General Education

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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

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. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.

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.

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)

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