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National Security Studies, Minor

Requirements

The Minor in National Security Studies provides an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for public and private sector national security careers through acquisition of subject matter expertise and analytical skills. The minor exposes students to the wide variety of critically important security challenges and issues faced in the twenty-first century, such as terrorism and cyber security, nuclear proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, piracy and global pandemics, sovereignty and the use of force, and civil liberties and the rule of law. Students will also acquire skills such as critical thinking, writing, briefing, and analysis techniques specifically tailored for the national security field, but applicable in many others. Whether students are interested in counterterrorism, homeland security, intelligence gathering and analysis, foreign relations, law and politics, diplomacy, or international development, the Minor in National Security Studies provides the insight and skills needed to succeed in these professions.

Total Program Credits: 24

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Admitted to bachelor degree program at UVU
  2. Students must take either CJ 1010 or POLS 1100 for matriculatio
 
Discipline Core Requirements: 15 Credits
Matriculation Courses:  
  CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3.0) 3
or POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Core Courses  
  NSS 2010 Introduction to National Security  3
  NSS 301R National Security Area Studies 3
  NSS 4600 National Security Law  3
  NSS 475R Current Topics in National Security (3.0)  3
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits
 Complete 9 credits from the following: 9
  CNST 4795 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3.0)  
  NSS 4210 Law of War (3.0)  
  CJ 3340 Terrorism--Radical Fundamentalism and Terrorism Financing   (3.0)  
  CJ 4160 Constitutional Criminal Rights (3.0)  
  ESMG 310G Introduction to Homeland Security (3.0)  
  HIST 3440 The History of World War I (3.0)  
  HIST 345G The History of World War Ii (3.0)  
  HIST 3460 US Military History (3.0)  
  HIST 4140 Genocide in the Twentieth Century (3.0)  
  HIST 430G Violence and Social Conflict in Latin America (3.0)  
  IT 2700 Information Security Fundamentals (3.0)  
  MILS 259R Current Topics in Military Science (3.0)  
  MILS 4200 The Profession of Arms I (3.0)  
  MILS 4210 The Profession of Arms II (3.0)  
  PJST 3020 The Ethics of War and Peace (3.0)  
  PJST 3100 Introduction to Human Security (3.0)  
  PJST 3400 Conflict Transformation: Resolution and Sustainable Peace  (3.0)  
  POLS 1440 Introduction to Middle East Politics (3.0)  
  POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations (3.0)  
  POLS 3100 Survey of International Terrorism (3.0)  
  POLS 3210 World Diplomacy (3.0)  
  POLS 3400 American Foreign Policy (3.0)  
  POLS 3500 International Relations of the Middle East (3.0)  
  POLS 3600 International Relations of East Asia (3.0)  
  POLS 3610 International Organization (3.0)  
  POLS 4500 International Conflict and Security (3.0)  
  POLS 4610 International Law and Relations (3.0)  
or Other course approved by department advisor or director.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
CJ 1010 or POLS 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice or American Nat’l Govt. (Matriculation requirement) 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
NSS 2010 Introduction to National Security 3
NSS 301R National Security Area Studies 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
NSS 475R Current Topics in National Security 3
NSS 4600 National Security Law 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
  Elective 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 24

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

kameron.barkle@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Matthew L. Duffin

Chair UVU Email

Matthew.Duffin@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

Mission, Goals, and Values

The Criminal Justice program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of the theory, research, policy and practice of criminal justice, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of the criminal justice system.

The Forensic Science program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of theory, research, policy and practice of forensic science, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of forensic science.

The following values will dictate our actions in carrying out these missions:

  • Academically and professionally qualified faculty.
  • Superior teaching.
  • Scholarly activities that enhance and strengthen teaching.
  • Continued re-evaluation, assessment, and corrections to curriculum.
  • Ethical awareness and conduct.
  • Cooperation, communication, and diversity across the curriculum.
  • Development of sensitivity toward, and appreciation for, cultural diversity. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the criminal justice field.
  • Preparation for the technologically sophisticated legal environment of the 21st century.

Advancement of the study of law within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.


The vision of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Criminal Justice recognized by students, and alumni, which provides them with a critical understanding of the total system of criminal justice and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The vision of the Forensic Science area of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Forensic Science recognized by students, and alumni, which provides a critical understanding of the investigation procedures for forensic evidence and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The following strategies/goals are being pursued to move toward the above vision:
Develop a comprehensive forensic curriculum in cooperation with the science department.
Organize a Skills USA criminal justice program. Increase the number of students in both the criminal justice and the forensic science programs.
Continue curriculum improvement efforts and link assessment more closely to competencies.

Increase rigor/scholarship across the curriculum.
Actively participate in professional organizations.
Promote scholarly research and development within the faculty.

Contribution to Overall UVU Mission

The departmental mission was developed to contribute to the College of Aviation & Public Services mission which, in turn, contributes to UVU’s mission. Critical to our program is a focus on developing a curriculum, along with other departments at UVU, which prepares our students to be competent for employment or advanced education and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community service.

 

 
 

Criminal Justice

  • Administrative Contact: Kameron Barkle
  • Office: EN 101
  • Telephone: 801-863-7230
  • Email: Kameron.Barkle@uvu.edu
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@uvu.edu
 
 
Law Enforcement
  • Director Police Academy: Steve DeMille
  • Office: EN 114a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8062
  • Email:   demillst@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Patrice Bollen
  • Office: EN 114
  • Telephone: 801-863-6156
  • Email: Patrice.bolen@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 286
 
 

National Security Studies

  • Director: Ryan J. Vogel
  • Office: CB 310J
  • Telephone: 801-863-6891
  • Email: Ryan.Vogel@uvu.edu
 
 

Advisors:

Faculty

Kenneth Crook(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Middle East History, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Matthew Duffin(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Department Chair

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., Business Management, J.D., Brigham Young University; LL.M., Military/International Contracts Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

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Stott Harston(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Marcy Hehnly(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, M.S., Human Resource Management, Troy University; Ph.D., Human Services, Cappella University.

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Bobbi Kassel(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instruction Design, University of Utah.

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Richard Los(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., M.P.A., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University.

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Gary Naisbitt(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State College; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Michael Smidt(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

JD, Law, California Western School of Law; A.A., Arts, Fayetteville State University; M.M.S., Strategic Studies, US Army War College; L.L.M., Law, University of Virginal School of Law; B.B.A., Business Administration, National University.

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Ryan Vogel(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University; M.A., International Affairs, J.D., American University; J.D., LLM, Public International Law, Georgetown University.

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Dan Waddington(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University; M.P.A., California State University; Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Albany.

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Careers

Careers:
For those trained in Criminal Justice, opportunities exist in local, state, federal, and private law enforcement i.e., DEA agent, FBI agent, corrections officer, security officer, private investigator, game law enforcement officer, immigration inspector, Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms inspector, United States Marshall, Internal Revenue officer, Border Patrol agent, Consumer Safety inspector, and other fields depending on chosen option.

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