Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Protecting our nation is paramount to our citizens and critical infrastructure. The design of this major is to provide you the opportunity to understand homeland security issues and challenges in the context of an ever-evolving environment. While terrorism is a key emphasis, the program also provides the opportunity to plan for and assess real-world situations from a multi-layered approach of local, state, and federal response viewpoint.

Protecting Our Country: This Is As Real As It Gets

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) in Homeland Security & Terrorism major was developed direct response to the real security threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations. Protecting the citizens of our nation is as real as it gets.

A Strong Need For Homeland Security Experts

The need for college graduates with a grasp of the complexities associated with homeland security and terrorism is clear. This innovative major affords you the chance to hone your professional interests while acquiring traditional skill sets needed to succeed in the 21st century.

Opportunities For Students On Campus

TU students have formed a Global Affairs Organization (GAO) to promote interest on campus in national and homeland security issues. The GAO has arranged field trips, created a 9/11 commemoration, hosted an electronic SWAT training, and takes the student lead in the visits to campus of such national figures as then-CIA Director Porter Goss, former National Counterterrorism Center Chief John Brennan, FBI National Security Chief Willie Hulon and recruiters and other visitors from Washington and elsewhere.

What You Can Expect From Your TU Homeland Security & Terrorism Degree:

  • Graduates will be able to devise problem-solving strategies, using state, local and national instruments of power, for foreign, domestic and natural threats to homeland security.
  • Graduates will apply accepted principles of homeland security by constructing an appropriate security and response plan.
  • Graduates will be able to devise problem-solving strategies, using the instruments of national power, for foreign threats to our national security within the U.S. and abroad.
  • Graduates will develop critical thinking and analytical skills as they apply to research and practical application of criminal justice concepts.
  • Graduates will identify, assess, and prioritize threats, risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Graduates will identify and coordinate resources to combat threats, minimize risks and reduce vulnerabilities.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate within government levels, across government levels and to all sectors.
  • Graduates will understand principles of managing people, financial obligations and projects.
  • Graduates will understand and work within the environment of social, economical, legal, ethical, technological and political interdependencies of homeland security.
  • Graduates will understand public, private, and non-profit institutional roles and responsibilities of homeland security.
  • Graduates will work effectively within and understand dilemmas of collaborative networks.

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 21 hours
Homeland Security and Terrorism Major 30 hours

  • ENF154 Homeland Security Overview
  • ENF212 Concepts of Terrorism
  • ENF240 Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • ENF245 Emergency Organizations and Management 
  • ENF390 Special Topics
  • JUS215 Homeland Security and the Legal System 
  • POL151 Introduction to National Security Studies
  • POL341 Covert Action and Intelligence 
  • POL491 Capstone Senior Seminar in Homeland & National Security 
  • PSY344 Psychology of Terrorism

Total BCJ hours 121


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

Homeland Security Overview (ENF154) - The course presents an introduction to the public and private sector dimensions of the theory and practice of homeland security at the national, regional, state and local level. The perspective will include an overview of the administrative, legislative, and operational elements of homeland security programs and processes, including a review of homeland security history, policies and programs. The student will examine, in general, terrorism and the intelligence issues that support homeland security operations.

Concepts of Terrorism (ENF2123) - This course provides an introduction into the theories explaining terrorist behavior. It will examine the questions of what constitutes terrorism, terrorist groups and what economic, social, religious and other issues lead to the conduct of groups like al Qaeda. Additionally, students will be required to think critically about how terrorist groups form, what makes them disband and how knowledge is transferred among groups and group members. Further, it will cover the history and development of the term “terrorism” and the development of modern terrorism in practice.

Critical Infrastructure Protection (ENF240) - This course provides a broad perspective of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) effort in the United States. The overall mission of CIP is to protect and ensure the continuity of the critical infrastructure of the US that is essential to the nation’s security, public health and safety, economic vitality and way of life against debilitating disruption or destruction from man-made or natural incidents. Students will explore the importance of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, the eighteen critical infrastructure sectors and their related challenges for protection. 

Emergency Organization and Management (ENF245) - Every level of government bears responsibility for emergency response. A systematic analysis of the public agencies and an overview of organizations involved in homeland security will be covered in this course. Topics such as threat assessment, risk analysis, incident management systems, coordinating with supporting agencies, response procedures, the planning function, coordinated government efforts, crime scene operations, prevention strategies, response protocols, evacuation, medical support and conducting an effective follow-up analysis will all be covered. This class will prepare the student with information necessary to respond to terrorist acts.

Homeland Security and the Legal System (JUS215) - This course will examine the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (organizational restructuring of U.S. investigative, security and catastrophic response agencies). An overview will be provided of the CONPLAN (U.S. Governments Interagency Domestic Terrorism Concept of Operations Plan). Presidential Directives 39 and 62, the Patriot Act and evolving case law will also be discussed. The legal approach to terrorism and homeland security will be examined along with the potential effect of these laws and procedures on the civil liberties of citizens of the United States. Additionally, there will be an analysis of international borders and airport security relating to the 4th Amendment.

  • FBI Agent
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Office of Inspector General Service
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Military
  • State Homeland Security


Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis Assistant Professor & Chair for Criminal Justice Graduate Programs / Internship...
Scott Blough
Scott Blough Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice / Chair for Undergraduate Off-Campus Seated...
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies / Chair for Main Campus...
Jeffry Stockner
Jeffry Stockner Professor of Business Law & Criminal Justice
Charles White
Dr. Charles White Assistant Professor / ATIC & OPOTA Coordinator
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, Criminal...
Dr. Gordon Crews
Dr. Gordon Crews Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology


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