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Security Management Degree - Bachelor of Science


Major Requirements (40 credit hours)

(Click a course name below to view course details). All courses are 4 credit hours.

  • LA 300 Foundations for Professional Success

    This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University’s four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
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  • SMGT 305 Theory and Practice of Security

    This course will provide a foundation and overview of the diverse field of security. The focus of the course will be on the different components of security management and the concepts and theory in the field of security.
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  • SMGT 315 The American Criminal and Civil Legal Systems

    This course will provide an examination of the Constitutional underpinnings of criminal and civil law as it applies to the field of security. Special focus will be devoted to an overview of the American court system, specific elements of crime, the operation of civil jurisprudence, and a review of the policies and procedures that influence law in America.
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  • SMGT 325 Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Security

    This course will address ethical issues in the field of security at both the theoretical and applied levels. Special emphasis will be given to an examination of the relationship between ethical principles, moral and normative judgments.
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  • SMGT 335 Infrastructure Security and National Defense

    This course is designed to introduce students to critical components of national infrastructure and the current mechanisms associated with its defense and protection. This will be done by establishing clear understandings of what is being threatened or the types of infrastructure, the nature of the threats including WMDs and terrorism, and the current civil and national defense methods and capabilities used to defend them.
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  • SMGT 345 Risk Analysis and Organizational Security

    This course discusses how to identify an organization’s vulnerabilities and potential threats, as well as how to measure the effectiveness of selected security programs. It seeks to develop student’s abilities to examine and produce surveys, audits, questionnaires, and procedural guidelines that are utilized by security professionals to aid in countering risks. This course also introduces students to basic quantitative methods and systems associated with risk analysis and inter-agency communications.
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  • SMGT 405 Security Administration and Management

    This course seeks to introduce students to the critical management skills necessary for participation in the public and private security sectors as they relate to emergency management. Topics that will be explored include the specific aspects of effective and efficient operations administration; group and organizational leadership; supervision, recruitment and selection of employees including training, performance appraisal, and other labor issues; and the overall future of public and private security organizations in national emergency response plans.
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  • SMGT 415 Physical and Technological Components of Security Management

    This course is designed to establish a critical understanding of the components, requirements, processes, and participants associated with responses to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies. The focus will be on developing student understanding of key roles, regulations, capabilities, and responsibilities associated with the variety of individuals and organizations, public and private, usually involved with response to emergency events.
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  • SMGT 425 Homeland Security and Terrorism

    This course is designed to focus on the intersection between the developments of US national interests, threats to those interests, and the establishment of policies and practices to protect them. As a theoretical companion to SMGT 335, it is designed to focus on such topics as the evolution of the modern threat of terrorism, the role of intelligence in defense planning, the economic and political considerations associated with Homeland Security policies, and the overall importance of information and communication to emergency response practices.
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  • SMGT 435 Principles and Practices of Effective Emergency Planning

    This course focuses on the development and execution of an effective emergency management plan to sustain business, government, and security continuity during a natural or man-made disaster. Special emphasis will be given to case study and mock scenario development and analysis. Topics include threat assessment, risk analysis plan formulation, training, coordinating with support agencies, and the actual overall management of the response to a disaster or emergency.
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Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    Focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the western world, especially as they are found in the American vision and embedded in the values, traditions, documents, and institutions of the United States.
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  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    Begins with world traditions and investigates how social, economic, intellectual, and moral forces of change act against them. The course focuses on the tensions between tradition and change in the production of intellectual, social, and cultural progress. The course emphasizes intense student involvement in a comprehensive learning experience, culminating in a formal written thesis that confronts the values of limited government, popular rule, entrepreneurial processes, and reflective inquiry.
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  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    Focuses on the institutions and traditions of Western civilization that are found at the core of American democracy. Central focus is on the balanced relationship between freedom and the responsibilities involved in the ongoing maintenance of freedom in a just and productive society.
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