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National Security Studies, B.S.

Requirements

The BA/BS in National Security Studies (NSS) will provide an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for public and private sector national security careers through acquisition of subject matter expertise and analytical skills. This baccalaureate degree program will expose 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 NSS BA/BS will provide insight and skills needed to succeed in these professions. 

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements:  35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
 or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4) (recommended for Business, Education,Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3)
 
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
     Biology 3
     Physical Science
3
     Additional Biology or Physical Science
3
     Humanities
3
     Fine Arts 3
     Social/Behavioral Science 
3
Discipline Core Requirements: 42 Credits
  POLS 1100 American National Government 3
  NSS 2010 Introduction to National Security 3
  POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  NSS 3050 US Intelligence Community 3
  NSS 301R National Security Area Studies 3
  NSS 4210 Law of War 3
  NSS 4600 National Security Law 3
  NSS 475R Current Topics in National Security 3
  POLS  3100 Survey of International Terrorism 3
  POLS  3400 American Foreign Policy 3
  POLS  3680 International Political Economy 3
  POLS  4500 International Conflict and Security 3
  POLS  4610 International Law 3
  NSS 4990 National Security Capstone Seminar 3
Elective Requirements: 43 Credits
 
Complete 28 credits from the following: 28
  National Security Career Strategies (3)  
  Intelligence Analysis and Tradecraft (3)  
  National Security Internship (1)  
  Directed Readings and Special Projects in National Security (1)  
  Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)  
  Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System (3)  
  Constitutional Criminal Rights (3)  
  The History of World War I (3)  
  The History of World War II (3)  
  Genocide in the Twentieth Century (3)  
  Violence and Social Conflict in Latin America (3)  
  Introduction to Homeland Security (3)  
  Information Security Fundamentals (3)  
  Current Topics in Military Science (3)  
  The Profession of Arms I (3)  
  The Profession of Arms II (3)  
  The Ethics of War and Peace (3)  
  Introduction to Human Security (3)  
  Conflict Transformation Resolution and Sustainable Peace (3)  
  US Presidency (3)  
  World Diplomacy (3)  
  International Relations of the Middle East (3)  
  International Relations of East Asia (3)  
  International Organization (3)  
 
Any other course approved by the NSS Director or Academic Advisor
 
  All other non-discipline electives 15

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 or more semester credits, 40 credits must be upper-division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above, with no required course grade below C-.
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

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
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Writing OR Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
HIST 1700 American Civilization 3
  Biology Elective 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
  Lower Division Elective 3
  Semester Total 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MAT 1030, STAT 1040, MATH 1050, or MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Introduction to Statistics or College Algebra or College Algebra for Business 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
POLS 1100 American National Government 3
  Lower Division Elective 3
  Social/Behavioral Science Electtive 3
  Semester Total 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
NSS 2010 Introduction to National Security 3
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Physical Science Elective 3
  Fine Arts Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science Elective 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Lower Division Elective 3
  Lower Division Elective 3
  Lower Division Elective 1
  Semester Total 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 3100 Survey of International Terrorism 3
NSS 301R National Security Area Studies 3
NSS 4210 Law of War 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 3400 American Foreign Policy 3
NSS 3050 U.S. Intelligence Community 3
NSS 4600 National Security Law  3
POLS 3680 International Political Economy 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 4500 International Conflict and Security 3
POLS 4610 International Law  3
NSS 475R Current Topics in National Security 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
NSS 4990 National Security Capstone Seminar 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Discipline Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
  Degree Total 120

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

CRIMINALJUSTICE@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Bobbi Kassel

 
 

Mission Statement

Criminal Justice Mission

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.

Forensic Science Mission

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.

Center for National Security Studies Mission

The Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) is a nonpartisan academic institution for the instruction, analysis, and discussion of the issues related to the field of U.S. national security. The mission of the CNSS is twofold: to promote an interdisciplinary academic environment on campus that critically examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of the national security policy and practice; and to assist students in preparing for public and private sector national security careers through acquisition of subject matter expertise, analytical skills, and practical experience. The CNSS partners with local, regional, national, and international public and private sector organizations to promote this mission.

 
 

Criminal Justice

  • Department Chair: Bobbi Kassel
  • Office: EN 101d
  • Telephone: 801-863-6896
  • Email: BKassel@uvu.edu
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director, Forensic Lab Track: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@uvu.edu
  • Director, Forensic Investigation Track: Amie Houghton
  • Office: CB 303h
  • Telephone: 801-863-5797
  • Email: amie.houghton@uvu.edu
 
 
Law Enforcement
  • Director, Law Enforcement Academy: Buckey Walters
  • Office: EN 114a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8062
  • Email: buckey.walters@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Assistant: 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
  • Coordinator: Daniel Tran
  • Office: CB 303B
  • Telephone: 801-899-5032
  • Email:  Daniel.Tran@uvu.edu
 
 

Advisors:

  • Doug Hobbs, Assists Students with Last Names Beginning– A-K
  • Office: EN 101a
  • Telephone: 801-863-5531
  • Email: Doug.Hobbs@uvu.edu
  • Katy Dollahite, Assists Students with Last Names Beginning – L-Z
  • Office: EN 101b
  • Telephone: 801-863-7748
  • Email: kdollahite@uvu.edu

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
Faculty



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



AA, General Studies, American River College; 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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Amie Balle Houghton(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

B.S., Biology; M.F.S., Forensic Science, George Washington University.

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Bobbi Kassel(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Department Chair, 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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Melissa Noyes(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

B.S., Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University; J.D., Law, University of LaVerne College of Law.

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Jonathan  Rudd(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty



B.A., Asian Studies, Brigham Young University, J.D., Law, New England School of Law.

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Michael Smidt(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty



B.A., Business Administration, National University; M.S., Strategic Studies, US Army War College; J.D., Law, California Western School of Law; LLM, University of Virginia School of Law.

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Ryan Vogel(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty



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



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

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