The Bachelor of Arts degree in Homeland Security offers you a comprehensive education in the basics of terrorism, counterterrorism, hazard management, intelligence, and other components of national security. Members of the homeland security enterprise – such as the Department of Homeland Security, state and local public safety entities, and large corporations – are aggressively searching for people who have the comprehensive educational training to be intellectual and strategic leaders in this field. Knowledgeable employees who can contribute new ideas, identify and critique unexamined assumptions of policy and strategy, and who have the ability to translate good intentions into effective action are in demand.

This online bachelor's degree is designed to meet this market need. Through this bachelor’s program, you will receive a holistic liberal arts education that covers the range of domestic security efforts, helping to prepare you for advancement or new entry into the homeland security field. This degree program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or public safety organizations.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of homeland security, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Examine the historical and evolving concept of homeland security within the broader political and national security system of the contemporary nation-state.
  • Recognize the detailed mitigation, planning, response, and recovery phases to and from a national security incident.
  • Differentiate among the various national security threats including those that are manmade, technological, and natural.
  • Discuss the strategic, operational, and tactical threats presented by chemical, nuclear, and biological agents including agent characteristics and delivery systems.
  • Distinguish among and assess the various homeland security approaches, techniques, and processes such as analytics, indications, warnings, and forecasting.
  • Explain the key administrative and command and control elements of the evolving homeland security relationships among the intelligence community Department of Homeland Security; interagency processes and institutions; federal, state, and local intergovernmental relations; and a comprehensive U.S. homeland security strategy.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required18
General Concentration24
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements45
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (18 semester hours)

HLSS300Research Methods in Homeland Security Studies3
HLSS302Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense3
HLSS310Critical Infrastructure Protection3
HLSS311Border and Coastal Security3
HLSS320Intelligence and Homeland Security3
HLSS322Homeland Security Legal and Ethical Issues3
Total Semester Hours18

General  Concentration (24 semester hours)

A general concentration allows you to take courses across a number of areas of study within your program based on your own interests.

Select 8 courses from the following:24
Patrol Methodologies & Community Policing
Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications
Emergency Planning
Emergency and Disaster Incident Command
Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness
Consequence Management
Risk Communications
Mind of a Terrorist
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction
Homeland Security Risk, Threats and Consequences
Private Sector Homeland Security
Port Security
Homegrown Violent Extremism
Intelligence Collection
Law and Ethics in Intelligence
Intelligence Analysis
Counterintelligence
Cyber Warfare
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IT Security: Attack & Defense
IT Security: Risk Management
Cybercrime
Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
Maritime Law
Immigration Law and Policy
Psychology of Disaster
Global Terrorism
Total Semester Hours24

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

HLSS498Senior Seminar in Homeland Security (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all core and major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (45 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.