Looking for Studies in Terrorism or Intelligence Degrees Online? Check the Facts

When we think of a college level education, certain images which have been engrained into our minds since we were little are conjured up. Professors wearing tweed jackets with leather patches, massive stone buildings, tree-filled campuses and perhaps even a few flashes of Animal House; however, the reality of a higher-level education greatly departs from the concept we all hold so dear. Today there are nearly as many manifestations of university programs as there are students. From the hallowed halls of old to entirely virtual classrooms and everything in between, higher education has evolved into a new breed of academic experience. The problem is that most of us have a hard time attempting to reconcile our expectation of what college life should be with the reality of what it actually is.

Have you been considering studies in terrorism or an intelligence degree online? If you have been, and if you have done any modicum of research into the subject, you'll find that there are very few opportunities out there in those fields that fit into the traditional definition of college courses. Getting an intelligence degree online or conducting studies in terrorism online is a tricky animal. You want to get a degree which provides you with the best educational experience possible, taught by experienced faculty, and you want the school to be reputable. So below are a few tricks to ensure that you're getting an education that will be beneficial, that you'll be proud of and that could actually translate into a new career or career advancement.

Forget the image of college in your head, plain and simple. Studies in terrorism or an intelligence degree online are not going to live up to traditional expectations of what college should be. This is the 21st Century and you'll be studying cutting-edge information, not out-dated and dusty academia. If you really want the most bang for your buck, you really need to be focused on the faculty biographies and network and the quality of the courses themselves. Most schools should have faculty pages with brief biographies, so check them out and make sure that they have experience within the Intelligence Community and/or the areas of interest for your studies. Also examine the course descriptions to determine whether the material itself is relevant to your future academic and career goals. Realize that a comprehensive course of study will include both an historical perspective of the discipline as well as a forward-looking outlook, and should include instruction in relevant "tools of the trade."

No, unfortunately, you will not find food fights or toga parties at online academic institutions; however, that does not mean that the education is subpar. A professor is a professor no matter his or her distance. The only question that you need to answer for yourself is whether or not you have the wherewithal to self-motivate and use personal discipline to complete assignments without the shame of coming to lecture unprepared. If you jump feet first into the 21st Century and embrace the bold new world of academia that awaits, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a challenging and rewarding endeavor.

Dan Sommer works for Henley-Putnam University, a leading educational institution in the field of Strategic Security. For more info on Henley-Putnam University, studies in terrorism, intelligence degrees online, call 888-852-8746 or visit us online at http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu

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