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BSSDA - Strategic Studies & Defense

Strategic Studies Programs Undergraduate Bachelor of Science

Program Delivery

Online Program

Program Level


Degree Designation

Bachelor of Science

Program Type



College of Graduate & Continuing Studies

Program Description

Program Manager: James Dalton

The program is designed to build upon the military education and experience of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The program develops a soldier’s knowledge in vital areas such as sociology-anthropology, geography, cultural awareness, regional politics, and international conflict.

Instruction in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis is designed to be highly experiential through an integration of the operational and international experiences of SOF soldiers into the curriculum. A soldier will apply course work and study to initiatives and field exercises related to the student's deployment area. Students will conduct research concerning a region’s conflicts and opportunities and will incorporate both their research and field experiences into their program of study, thus potentially enhancing the Department of Defense's body of knowledge of that region. Principles of critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and leadership interweave throughout the curriculum.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

The program is open to those who are active duty or retired from the U.S. Special Operations Forces, including reserve and National Guard components, as well as to other service members who are assigned to Special Operations Units.


Identify, describe, and explain the geographic features of the region.


Demonstrate understanding of the history of the region and its impact on current events.


Identify various cultures of the region, explain similarities and differences among them, and apply this knowledge to develop problem solving strategies within a range of contexts.


Identify political figures in the region, analyze their positions on various issues, and apply this knowledge to develop effective collaborative relationships and/or intervention strategies.


Understand the economics of the region, analyze a range of economic factors, and formulate recommendations for economic activities.


Appraise and articulate the role of the United States within the region.


Appraise and articulate the role of the US Army within the region.


Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to cross cultural competence.