Bachelor of Arts

Government & National Security

The reality is that national security has an ongoing, fundamental responsibility to protect the people of our country. If service to your country is your calling, TU offers a premier national security program that will enable you to define, detect and defend against emerging threats. Our grads have gone on to work in the Department of Defense, CIA, FBI, United Nations and Secret Service. You can, too. 

The major, housed in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, takes a global view of American national security policy and security issues. The program focuses on the workings of American political and governmental processes, national security, and the intelligence community. The emphasis in the major is on career skills, research methods, critical thinking, scholarly writing and public speaking.

THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT AND FEDERALISM

The first part of this major draws on those parts of a traditional government curriculum that bears directly upon the workings of our governmental system in general, and our national security system in particular, at the international, federal, state, and local levels.

You Are The Next Generation

Our national security depends upon the creativity, energy, and skills of young people serving with federal, state, and local agencies and operating in our homeland at our borders and overseas. The next generation of diplomats, military officers, and analysts with the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and state and local offices will help define, detect, and defend against threats to our national security that emerge in coming years. Hiring at all levels of government reflects our urgent and continuing need for more and better-educated professionals to defend our nation and its interests.

Tiffin University has developed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Government & National Security to help meet the growing and demanding needs of our governing agencies for motivated and well-educated graduates. Recruiters and other representatives from the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Marshals, among others, have come to TU to encourage our graduating seniors to apply for permanent positions with their agencies. They look to TU because they know our graduates have the kind of practical, real-world education necessary to meet the many security challenges in the coming years.

A Faculty With Real World Experience

Our Government & National Security program reflects the real world of national security because our faculty comes from that world. Our faculty has served in combat, in CIA stations, in military installations, with international organizations, in FBI field offices, with U.S. Marshals, and in the White House. They bring the real world of national security to our program through outside speakers, internships, and, most of all, through instruction every day in the classroom.

TU Makes It All Relevant!

You won’t be doing book reports. You’ll be doing written and oral briefings on both real and hypothetical security situations that require quick analysis and problem solving. You will learn using the same tools and methods that our national security agencies use for current employees. You will learn how everything taught in our classrooms applies in the real world and TU makes it all relevant!

The first section of this major draws on those parts of a traditional curriculum that bear directly upon the workings of our governmental system in general, and our national security system in particular, at the federal, state, and local levels.

The second section of this major focuses on the structure, elements, and history of our consideration and the six major instruments of national power: diplomacy, information, military, economic, finance, intelligence and law enforcement – used to protect and promote our national security. The curriculum also applies these elements to the issues of international security and globalization that our majors will face upon graduation.

What You Can Expect From Your TU Government & National Security Degree:

  • Graduates will be able to analyze and devise solutions for problems in national security within the framework of our instruments of national power and their use within our political/legal and policy context.
  • Graduates will possess a detailed understanding of the history and culture of other parts of the world and how it affects national security.
  • Graduates will understand the historical context for current international security threats that the United States faces at home and abroad, and how the United States uses the tools of national power to protect the vital interests of America.
  • Graduates will understand potential careers and work expectations in the federal goevernment.
  • Graduates will exhibit critical multimodal communication skills.
  • Graduates will exhibit the ability to write and think critically.

CORE COURSES

POL101 Introduction to the American Political Process     3 hours

POL151 Introduction to National Security Studies     3 hours

POL201 Political Geography     3 hours

POL311 Federalism     3 hours 

Total     12 hours

 

MAJOR COURSES

ENF245 Emergency Organization and Management     3 hours

ENF441 Counterintelligence/Counter-terrorism     3 hours

One of the following:     3 hours

  • HIS225 United States Diplomatic History Since 1895 (w)
  • HIS226 United States Military History Since 1895 (w)

POL205 The Presidency     3 hours

POL206 Congress     3 hours

POL207 The Courts     3 hours

POL310 Public Policy     3 hours

POL313 American National Security Policy     3 hours

POL345 Economic Instruments of Security Policy     3 hours

POL350 International Security     3 hours

POL391 Comparative Political Systems     3 hours

POL400 The Constitution, Liberty, and Order     3 hours

POL420 Transnational and Unconventional Threats     3 hours

POL491 Capstone Senior Seminar in Homeland and National Security (w)     3 hours

SCS300 Research Design (w)     3 hours

SCS470 Internship I     3 hours 

Total     48 hours

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

 

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

There are no related concentrations available

Counterintelligence/Counter-terrorism (ENF441) - This course addresses the issues of counterintelligence and counter-terrorism (covert information modification and planned preemptive responses). This course will provide an explanation of these two different tactical operational modalities. The interconnectivity of these two separate operational fields will be examined to determine their structural relationship in combating an enemy threat. Additionally, this course will examine the geopolitical utilization of these operational methodologies by U.S. domestic and foreign-based operatives providing security to U.S. domestic security interests. Lastly, this course will examine the use of technology and human intelligence in their application regarding counterintelligence.

American National Security Policy (POL313) - Students trace the development of national security in the United States from its conceptual birth during World War II to the present day, including the role that intelligence plays in national security policy. The course examines how national security policy has developed through succeeding presidential administrations.

Transnational and Unconventional Threats (POL420) - Students will examine some of the unconventional security threats posed by transnational actors and organizations. Topics to be covered include globalization, WMD proliferation, drug cartels, energy security, information security, pandemics and border security. Students will also critically assess how best to organize America’s national security apparatus to respond to these wide-ranging unconventional threats.

Intelligence Analysis (POL425) - The intelligence world is one of ambiguity, nuance, and complexity. Knowing one’s enemies and knowing one’s self has been sage advice for centuries. But how does one know what your enemies are thinking? This course focuses on the conversion of processed information into intelligence through the integration, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of all source data and the preparation of intelligence products in support of known or anticipated user requirements. Analysis is but one phase of the intelligence process, but it is perhaps the most important. Students who take this course will expand their research, computer, communication and analytical skills in order to identify significant facts and derive sound conclusions from imperfect and often contradictory information and flawed evidence.

  • Corporate Chief of Security
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Secret Service
  • U.S. Marshals

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Department of State
  • Law School
  • Local, State, and Federal government agencies
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Political Campaigns
  • Public Office
  • Public Official Staffs

 

Faculty

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olga_bertlesen

Olga Bertlesen, Ph.D.

bertelseno@tiffin.edu
419.448.3321

Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • B.A., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • M.D./D.D.S., State Medical University, Ukraine

Olga Bertlesen, Ph.D.

Dr. Bertelsen joined Tiffin University in August 2021. Prior to that, she practiced medicine/dental surgery in Ukraine and, after earning her bachelor and doctoral degrees in History with the focus on Soviet/Russian history and intelligence at American and British universities, she conducted research and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on world history, international relations, and security and intelligence studies at Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Harvard University, New York University, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, Arizona). 


With special interests in Ukrainian and Russian history and intelligence, her research focuses on political violence, bioterrorism, covert action, counterintelligence, and U.S. national and global security. Dr. Bertelsen is the author and editor of five books, and a great number of book chapters and articles that explore the issues of genocidal practices, state violence, U.S. national and global security, and Russian covert operations of ideological subversion. Her scholarship is grounded in empirical and archival research that she conducts in the United States and Europe, including the former KGB archives. Her most recent publications examine Russian covert operations in American academia and Russian disinformation campaigns. 


She is a recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards, and a speaker at various international conferences, forums, and assemblies, including the United Nations. She is a member of several professional associations, and is serving as a reviewer and member of editorial boards of several prestigious scholarly journals, including Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Ideology and Politics Journal, Scripta Historica, and Kyiv-Mohyla Arts and Humanities.


Dr. Bertelsen’s research and publications shaped the vector of her collaborative work with governmental and private intelligence agencies and her consulting activities that mainly focus on the Russian covert action and U.S. national security. She actively engages her students in her research and publication activities, and among her graduate students are individuals whom she helped receive prestigious national and international awards and grants, and who have been employed by the U.S. Department of State and think tanks in the United States, Geneva, Brussels, and Toronto.

 

Olga Bertlesen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence
Olga Bertlesen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence
David Selnick
David Selnick

David Selnick, Ph.D.

SelnickDJ@tiffin.edu
419-448-3325

Assistant Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies

Assistant Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University
  • M.O.D., Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ph.D. candidate, Newcastle University

David Selnick, Ph.D.

Professor Selnick joined Tiffin University in January 2013. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the United States Air Force, performing duty as a Cyberspace Operations officer, a Logistics officer, and a Politico-Military specialist. Professor Selnick served in numerous locations across the United States, as well as several foreign countries.

During his time in the Air Force, Professor Selnick spent four years in Ottawa, Canada, as a Foreign Exchange Officer with the Canadian Forces, serving in a semi-diplomatic capacity. He also served in Baghdad, Iraq, as part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he helped plan, execute, and manage the largest logistical movement of U.S. troops and materiel since World War II--including subsistence products worth over $3 billion per year. As a result of his efforts, he was awarded the Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award at the Major Command level. Professor Selnick later served as a communications officer for Special Operations Command Central, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in the Middle East as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His responsibilities included tactical and base-level communications for Special Operations Forces in the entire U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. In 2007, US Central Command named him the Communications Officer of the Year. Professor Selnick's last assignment prior to retiring from the Air Force was as the Chief of Cyber Security Strategy and Planning at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. There, he was responsible for numerous efforts, including working cooperatively with our defense industry partners to better protect their networks from cyber espionage and with the Intelligence Community to determine the damage that resulted (in terms of dollars, technological knowledge, and the development of countermeasures) from cyber intrusions. He also worked extensively with offices across the service to reorganize the way the Air Force manages cryptography.

He is a contributor to an ongoing joint effort between the US Army Cultural Resources program and the University of Colorado's Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands to develop and publish the first Cultural Heritage Guide for Field Commanders.

Professor Selnick is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), an independent policy institute based in London, UK; the US Committee of the Blue Shield; the Archaeological Institute of America and its Cultural Heritage Military Panel; the Military Cultural Heritage Advisory Group; the Society for Military History; the Air Force Association; and the Jane Austen Society of North America. He is also a certified Project Management Professional ® through the Project Management Institute.

Professor Selnick has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Organization Development degree, also from BGSU, a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Museum, Gallery, and Heritage Studies from Newcastle University, where he is researching the effectiveness of international laws in helping to protect cultural property in conflict zones.

David Selnick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies
David Selnick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies
Craig Stapley
Craig Stapley

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.

stapleycs@tiffin.edu

Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., in Political Science, University of Oklahoma
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma
  • B.A., in Japanese, Brigham Young University

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.

Dr. Stapley has been involved in the field of security studies for over 15 years and in International Relations and Comparative Politics for over 25 years. In that time, he has travelled extensively, spending time in Japan, China, the Soviet Union (in 1989), and Israel. He has also worked in government and casualty insurance fields.

Dr. Stapley received his B.A. in Japanese from Brigham Young University and was working in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh staged the Oklahoma City Terrorist Bombing. Based on that experience and others, he returned to school to pursue graduate work. He completed a Master of Public Administration in 2001 and a Doctorate in Political Science with an emphasis on terrorist targeting from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.

Dr. Stapley taught at the University of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2004 as a Graduate Teaching Associate, teaching independent classes of American Government and International Relations in both traditional and online settings. He then taught at Kansas State University from 2005 to 2016 in traditional, online and video teleconference settings. While at Kansas State, he also directed the graduate program in Security Studies. Also while at Kansas State University, Dr. Stapley guest-lectured and conducted classes at the Army’s Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tiffin University. Dr. Stapley also has an unusual teaching background including teaching English as a Second Language as well as university classes in dance.

Dr. Stapley has presented scholarship at The Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and at professions conferences including the International Studies Association, the Peace Science Society, and the Southwest Social Science Association Conference.

His scholarship has appeared in such peer reviewed journals as the Open Journal of Political Science (2014), Journal of Politics (2014), International Interactions (2014), Global Security Studies (2012), and Contemporary Security Policy (2006). He has also contributed to the edited volumes Terrorism’s Unanswered Questions (2008), and The Handbook of Security (2006). Dr. Stapley has also published book reviews in the American Political Science Association Legislative Studies Section (2001).

Dr. Stapley has been a member of the editorial board of the refereed journal Global Security Studies as well as Research Associate at the Consortium for Small Arms Research, and Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He has won and been nominated for University wide awards for teaching and advising.

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism
Craig Stapley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism

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