Strategic Security and Protection Management Online Bachelor’s Degree


The Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Security and Protection Management is earned by satisfactory completion of an online program equivalent to two years of full time upper division study. The program increases the student’s knowledge of operations in the security industry and in providing protective services to clients, their property and/or their information. This program also provides a foundation for the student’s study at more advanced levels in this field. All courses are four and a half quarter units unless otherwise noted.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this degree-completion program will be able to do the following:

  • SSPM-PLO B1: Recognize various information sources in strategic security and their relationship to security operations.
  • SSPM-PLO B2: Explain threat analysis and its technical, operational, and strategic aspects.
  • SSPM-PLO B3: Appraise policies, reforms, and ethics through integrating information literacy competencies.
  • SSPM- PLO- B4: Synthesize strategic leadership competencies through understandings of cases in the current security environment.
  • SSPM- PLO – B5: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of mediums to key stakeholders.

INT305    Advanced Critical Thinking and Logic

PHIL400    Ethics of Security and Counterterrorism

PRO375     History of Executive/Dignitary Protection

PRO385     Etiquette and Rapport

PRO398     Fundamentals of Threat Assessment

PRO494     Essentials of Executive Protection

SEC320     Foundations of the Security Industry

SEC340     Effective Writing for the Security Professional

SEC344     Protective Security Law

SEC360     Information Security

SEC366     Managing the Security Organization

Choose any three (3) PRO or SEC courses not used as Major Core.
Must complete SEC320 and SEC366 prior to enrolling in any of the major support core courses below.

PRO380     Conflict Resolution

PRO405     Consequence Management

PRO422     Building Security

PRO430     Travel and Hospitals

PRO432     Principal’s Office and Residence

PRO433     Off-site Visits

PRO466     Advance Work

SEC305     Offensive v.  Defensive Security: Understanding the Broader Security Field

SEC326     Foundations of Vehicular Security

SEC375     Workplace Violence, Workplace Security

SEC452     Infiltration Techniques

SEC486     Bomb Threat Management

Choose any six courses.

Students may also include any course from support core courses if not previously taken as a major support core

CI3710     Internet Security

CI3715     Cybercrime and Information Systems

CI3725     Network Security

CJ2240     Intro to Private Security

CJ2700     Cybercrime in Criminal Justice

CJ3005     Gangs in America

CJ3020     Serial Killers and the Law

CJ3030     Hate Crimes and the Law

CJ3050     Loss Prevention

CJ3400     Constitutional Law

CJ4000     Psychology and the Law

CJ4450     Security Operations Theory

CJ4500     Homeland Security and Terrorism

INT300     Fundamentals of Intelligence

INT310     Fundamentals of Analysis

INT315     Open Source Research

INT320     Propaganda and Disinformation

INT330     Writing for the Intelligence Professional

INT379     History of Intelligence, Part 1

INT380     History of Intelligence, Part 2

INT390     Covert Action

INT400     Counterintelligence

INT401     Interrogation and Interviewing Techniques

INT440     Technical Surveillance

INT445     Operational Security

INT460     Clandestine and Secure Communications

INT476     Intelligence Collection

INT477     Collection Management

NUC350     Principles of Grand Strategy

NUC410     Weapons Systems

NUC415     Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons

PRO500DC     Advanced Executive Protection

PRO595DC     Advanced Protection Operations

PRO690DC     Advanced Threat Assessment

SEC665DC     Cyber Security

TCT306     Media and Terrorism

TCT310     Psychology of Violence

TCT390     Fundamentals of Terrorism Studies

TCT395     Counterterrorism

TCT396     Terrorist Techniques

TCT410     Lone Wolf Terrorism

TCT420     Psychology of Fear

TCT425     Religious Extremism

TCT430     Ethno/Nationalist Terrorism

TCT435     Terrorist Support Networks

TCT440     Islamism and Terrorism

Science Elective
Mathematics Elective
Humanities Elective
Behavioral/Social Science Elective


EN1150     Composition I

EN1300     Composition II

EN2100     Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career:  Set Up for Success!
CS1203     Bridge to Success:  Creating Your Future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

SEC105     The Foundation, Functions, and Future of Strategic Security

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.