The undergraduate certificate in Homeland Security provides a broad comprehension of major national security threats including weapons of mass destruction, security vulnerabilities, intelligence, consequence management, and homeland defense. Experienced, skilled professionals are in needed to help organizations handle terrorist incidents and create proactive measures to protect public safety. Knowledge gained from this certificate program is useful to support your current career in public safety. This online certificate is designed for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of homeland security without committing to a degree program.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the key challenges for the 21st century facing not only U.S. homeland security strategy, but also those of other major actors that might become “peer competitors."
  • Discriminate between valuable sources of information and those sources that are questionable.
  • Differentiate between homeland security and homeland defense.
  • Describe the national intelligence apparatus including FBI, CIA and NSA.
  • Assess proposals for improvement in the state of homeland security.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

HLSS302Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense3
HLSS305Private Sector Homeland Security3
HLSS320Intelligence and Homeland Security3
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Mind of a Terrorist
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction
Border and Coastal Security
Port Security
Total Semester Hours18