Government (B.S.) - National Security - Online

Government (B.S.) - National Security - Online

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 104Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning0-3
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 104Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 24
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 104Survey of Old and New Testament4
THEO 104Introduction to Theology Survey 24
Total Hours39-42

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements


Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirement of RLGN 104 waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirement of THEO 104 waived

Major Requirements 

Major Foundational Courses
GOVT 200Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 13
GOVT 220American Government 13
Total Hours6

Course may fulfill select general education requirements

Major Core
GOVT 230Public Policy Research and Writing3
GOVT 330Introduction to Comparative Politics3
GOVT 350Political Economy and Public Policy3
GOVT 421American Constitutional History3
GOVT 425American Foreign Policy3
GOVT 490Political Theory3
Total Hours18
CJUS 382Critical Infrastructure Protection3
GOVT 340International Relations3
GOVT 376Resilient Nations3
GOVT 380Introduction to Intelligence and National Security3
GOVT 384Introduction to Strategic Studies 3
GOVT 387Sovereignty, Borders, and Territorial Integrity3
GOVT 388Ethics, Just War, and Use of Force3
GOVT 480Terrorism3
GOVT 481Counter-Terrorism3
GOVT 483Military Operations and Intelligence3
GOVT 496National Security Studies Capstone3
Total Hours33
Free Electives
Choose 21-27 credit hours of Free Electives21-27
Total Hours21-27

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 30 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of 'C' Minimum required for all courses in the major
  • 25% Of major and concentration taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
BIBL 104 Survey of Old and New Testament 4
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning 0-3
Communications Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective (GOVT 200) 1 3
Second Semester
GOVT 220 American Government 3
RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 4
Critical Thinking Elective 1 3
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
MATH Elective 1 3
Second Year
First Semester
THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey 4
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
GOVT 230 Public Policy Research and Writing 3
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
Second Semester
Cultural Studies Elective 1 3
Natural Science Elective 1 3
CJUS 382 Critical Infrastructure Protection 3
GOVT 380 Introduction to Intelligence and National Security 3
GOVT 384 Introduction to Strategic Studies 3
Elective 3
Third Year
First Semester
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 480 Terrorism 3
GOVT 481 Counter-Terrorism 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
GOVT 376 Resilient Nations 3
GOVT 387 Sovereignty, Borders, and Territorial Integrity 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 483 Military Operations and Intelligence 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
GOVT 388 Ethics, Just War, and Use of Force 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
GOVT 496 National Security Studies Capstone 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours120-123

Refer to the list of approved general education electives at before enrolling foundational skills requirements.

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