The University of Texas at El Paso National Security Studies Institute National Security Studies Institute
   
Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates    

  • Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies (120 hours): This specialized online undergraduate degree provides a highly rigorous curriculum that examines the myriad of security challenges facing the United States now and in the future.  This proposed bachelor's degree focuses upon four key, but overlapping areas of Security Studies: 1) Cybersecurity, 2) Homeland Security, 3) Intelligence and National Security, and 4) Security Operations.  The degree is designed primarily to meet the career objectives of current U.S. Department of Homeland Security and military service personnel and for students seeking to pursue a variety of national security careers.  This major is open to all interested students who qualify for admission.  
  • Minor and Undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security Studies (18 hours): The Undergraduate Minor and Certificate are designed to allow students to become familiar with the intelligence and security needs of the United States and problems of risk confronted by private and governmental organizations. Students will be introduced to problems and reasoning concerning matters of security, counterintelligence, transnational threats such as terrorism and drug cartels, diplomacy, international conflict, intelligence bureaucracies, and related areas.  Undergraduate Certificate is only for students pursuing a Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies. 
  • Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence Distinguished Student Program:  Eligible Intelligence and National Security Studies minor and certificate students can be recognized by the Defense Intelligence Agency for their scholarly achievements.  Students must meet high academic standards and study a strategic language or complete Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics coursework to be recognized for this special honors program.  Please contact the National Security Studies Institute for more information.  
  • Fast-Track Dual Credit Program: Eligible undergraduate students may pursue selected graduate courses that will provide them with both undergraduate and graduate credit (up to 15 hours) that can be applied to their INSS minor and the Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies.  The following courses are acceptable for dual credit:

     

    INSS 5301 - Historical Development of the Intelligence Community (3)

    INSS 5302 - Seminar in Intelligence and National Security (3)

    INSS 5310 - Intelligence and Counterterrorism (3)

    INSS 5315 - Intelligence and Counterproliferation (3)

    INSS 5320 - Counterintelligence and Security (3)

     

    Approval for dual credit does not result in direct admission into the Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies.  "Fast-Track" students must still apply for admission through the Graduate School upon completion of their undergraduate degree.  Please contact the National Security Studies Institute for more information.  

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees are eligible for 6 hours of undergraduate credit, if they have completed the Basic Intelligence Threat Analysis Course (BITAC) through the DHS Intelligence Training Branch.  Graduates of BITAC can receive academic credit for the following courses in the Intelligence and National Security Studies curriculum:

     

    INSS 3302 - Seminar in Intelligence and National Security (3)

    INSS 3340 - Seminar in Homeland Security (3)

     

    BITAC credit for these courses is applicable to the online Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies or the Minor and Undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security Studies.  Please contact the National Security Studies Institute for more information.