In the 21st century, security threats aren’t just local anymore
College of Criminal Justice and Security prepares students to view threats through a global lens
As the world becomes more interconnected, the security threats facing local and national communities are evolving. For the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security, this means preparing students for the security challenges of the 21st century, says James Ness, dean of the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security.
The world we live in "is not disconnected by time or space anymore," he says. "What happens in the U.S. affects the rest of the world and vice versa.”
With the growth of international commerce, communication and public/private security partnerships in today’s marketplace, along with heightened international security issues related to military action and rapidly changing geopolitics, those seeking careers in criminal justice and security will be well-served to have a global perspective, says Ness.
“In our curriculum, we address global security as part of the broad spectrum of security issues,” he explains. The curriculum for the University's Bachelor of Science in Organizational Security and Management, for example, includes four courses related to Homeland Security (public sector): Homeland Security and Interagency Response; Terrorism; Threat and Vulnerability Management, and Global Security Issues. “When discussing global security, it can mean a lot of different things, depending upon the audience.”
Not only that, but the very nature of the College’s classrooms, be they on campus or online, reflect the diverse nature of both the United States and the world. “And as our world continues to get smaller,” says Ness, “that diversity is one of our program’s strongest components.”