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 degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- 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
|Total Semester Hours||120|
Degree Program Requirements
General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)
Major Required (18 semester hours)
|HLSS300||Research Methods in Homeland Security Studies||3|
|HLSS302||Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense||3|
|HLSS310||Critical Infrastructure Protection||3|
|HLSS311||Border and Coastal Security||3|
|HLSS320||Intelligence and Homeland Security||3|
|HLSS322||Homeland Security Legal and Ethical Issues||3|
|Total Semester Hours||18|
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.
|Patrol Methodologies & Community Policing|
|Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications|
|Emergency and Disaster Incident Command|
|Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness|
|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|
|Homegrown Violent Extremism|
|Law and Ethics in Intelligence|
|Terrorism and Counterterrorism|
|IT Security: Attack & Defense|
|IT Security: Risk Management|
|Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age|
|Immigration Law and Policy|
|Psychology of Disaster|
|Total Semester Hours||24|
Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)
|HLSS498||Senior Seminar in Homeland Security (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|
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.