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          National Security Studies, Certificate of Proficiency

          Requirements

          The NSS certificate of proficiency is aimed at students with a baccalaureate degree who are looking to re-tool or specialize in national security in order to enter or advance in a national security career. The certificate will provide an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for and allows existing professionals to advance in public and private sector national security careers through acquisition of subject matter expertise and analytical skills. This certificate 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 certificate of proficiency will provide insight and skills needed to succeed in these professions.

          Total Program Credits: 18

          Matriculation Requirements:

          Students must have University Advanced Standing or have completed a baccalaureate degree  

          Discipline Core Requirements: 12 Credits
            NSS 2010 Introduction to National Security  3
            NSS 301R National Security Area Studies 3
            NSS 4600 National Security Law  3
            POLS 4500 International Conflict and Security  3
          Elective Requirements: 6 Credits
           Complete 6 credits from the following: 6
            NSS 4210 Law of War (3.0)  
            NSS 475R Current Topics in National Security (3.0)  
            CJ 3340 Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System (3.0)  
            IT 2700 Information Security Fundamentals (3.0)  
            POLS 3100 Survey of International Terrorism (3.0)  
            POLS 3400 American Foreign Policy (3.0)  
            POLS 4610 International Law and Relations (3.0)  
          or Other course approved by department advisor or director.

          Graduation Requirements:

          1. Completion of a minimum of 18 credits.
          2. Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
          3. Completion of discipline core and electives with a C- grade or higher.
          4. Residency hours -- Minimum of 5 credits required through course attendance at UVU.

          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.


          Prerequisites:

          Completion of a baccalaureate degree

          CJ 1010, or
          POLS 1100, or
          ENGL 2010, or
          HIST 1700, or
          HIST 2700
          Introduction to Criminal Justice
          American National Government
          Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research
          American Civilization
          US History to 1877
           
          Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
          NSS 2010 Introduction to National Security 3
          NSS 301R National Security Area Studies 3
            Elective 3
            Semester total: 9
          Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
          NSS 4600 National Security Law 3
          POLS 4500 International Conflict and Security 3
            Elective 3
            Semester total: 9
            Degree total: 18

          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 115b
          • Telephone: 801-863-8489
          • 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: John McCombs
          • Office: EN 114a
          • Telephone: 801-863-8062
          • Email: John.McCombs@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
          • Administrative Assistant: Daniel Tran
          • Office: CB 303B
          • Telephone: 801-863-5849
          • Email:  Daniel.Tran@uvu.edu
           
           

          Advisors:

          Please visit uvu.edu/criminaljustice/advising/index.html for advisor contact information

          Faculty

          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



          A.A., General Studies, American River College; B.A., Political Science, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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          Marcy Hehnly(2014)

          Associate 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)

          Associate 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)

          Professional In Residence

          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)

          Associate 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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          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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