National Security Law and Policy – GOVT 461

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course examines key public policy and legal issues, trends and strategies related to the national security context. Students will also examine and articulate recommendations for policy in this context and identify future legal challenges and issues.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Why is national security important? What are the rights, powers, limits, and obligations of the federal government in assuring national security?  This course prepares students for successful careers in law, defense, or national security by examining these and other critical questions relevant to national security. With a focus on constitional and statutory law, as well as policy, students gain a foundational understanding of the structural and applied aspects of national security and why it functions as it does in the modern context.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each original thread must be 450–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 3 scholarly citations and 2 Scripture references per original post. In addition to the original post, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 200–250 words and must contain 2 scholarly sources and 2 Scripture references between the two reply posts.  Demonstration of mastery of the assigned material is demonstrated with citations and references from each/all of the week’s assigned materials and an additional 3 citations from external sources, across the 3 posts. Reply posts will be in response to the posts of two classmates.

The student will write three, 3-5 page research-based papers, in current APA format, that focuses on topics that are relevant to the course content. Each essay must include 5–7 citations in addition to the course textbook/materials and the Bible.

The student will write a 5-7 page research-based paper in current APA format on a topic related to National Security Law & Policy. The paper must include at least eight citations in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. 

Research Paper

The student will submit a 2-page (500 word) “concept paper” where he/she will identify and explain details pertaining to his/her approved topic.

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in current APA format that focuses on a topic of the student’s choice related to National Security Law and Policy. The topic must be pre-approved by the instructor via email. The paper must include at least 10 (scholarly) references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Quizzes (8)

Each module the student will have a quiz based on the text's content. The student may refer to his/her notes and textbooks at any time during the assessment. The student will have 15 minutes to choose the correct answers to 10 questions.