HLSS150 Introduction to Homeland Security (3 semester hours)

THIS COURSE IS ONLY OPEN TO TSA STUDENTS: This course will examine the essential characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism. Students will compose a historical timeline reflecting methods and outcomes used by national and international law enforcement and military agencies to counter and combat terrorism. Students will choose effective strategies to generate critical information for local, national, and international law enforcement agencies. Students will write clear, concise, and accurate reports to provide relevant information based on accurate data analysis and sound recommendations.

HLSS154 Mind of a Terrorist (3 semester hours)

This course explores psychological and behavioral perspectives of terrorism. Specifically, the course examines the circumstances underlying why people radicalize and join terrorist groups, engage in terrorist activities, assume various terrorist roles, and, in some instances, de-radicalize and disengage from terrorist activities.

HLSS211 Emergency Response to Terrorism (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of terrorism in the world today. The course examines the history of international and domestic terrorist groups, both state and non-state actors. The course covers the legal aspects of terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), the composition of WMD that threatens the world including chemical weapons, industrial chemical materials, biological agents, radiological and nuclear materials as well as explosives and explosive devices. The course also addresses the impact of the complexities of terrorism and Chemical Biologic Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Weapons on the emergency response community. The course will look at the pre-planning, mitigation, response, and recovery stages. The class will examine the actions necessary to bring the event to termination including: protecting the population and emergency responder, the roles of federal regulations to secure that protection; how the event is treated as a crime and the actions necessary to secure evidence and protect the environment.

HLSS212 Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards (3 semester hours)

This course provides an in-depth study of the history of CBRN agent and material development and use by nations, nation-states, state-sponsored organizations, and terrorists. This course further examines CBRN threats worldwide and reviews CBRN Arms Limitations, Treaties, Organizations, Regimes and Agreements. Finally, the course discusses various approaches to deter use of CBRN agents, materials, and weapons.

HLSS215 Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on the legal and regulatory issues associated with WMD response. Its topics include: associated public law, reporting authorities, jurisdictional and functional issues that govern organizational, technical, medical, scientific, moral/ethical issues, and, other aspects of response.

HLSS230 Chemistry of Explosives (3 semester hours)

This course offers explosive handlers, bomb disposal technicians and responders an introduction to the chemical make-up and associated hazards of explosive substances. The combination of challenging reference sources and instructional interchange immerses the student in the world of explosive compounds including the research and development behind many explosive compounds widely used throughout the world today. This combination of reference materials, website research and group-related projects, allows the new explosive handler to learn the scientific basis for the long lists of safety precautions involved when handling explosives. Topics include, but are not limited to, history of explosives; basic chemical composition of explosives; and, safety precautions and guidelines when approaching or handling explosives. It will also cover researching information sites and references for material ranging from basic safety precautions of explosives to the resources available for emergency handlers and responders. The course helps students understand the hazards associated with common explosive materials.

HLSS231 History of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (3 semester hours)

This course is a dynamic and information packed introduction to the history of incendiaries and explosives. Included is a short study of the origins of modern-day Bomb Disposal and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Teams and their evolving techniques. The course examines areas and ideas from the ancient mystique of “Greek Fire” and the inventions of gunpowder and high explosives, up to modern-day nuclear reactions and weapons of mass destruction. The course provides an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the history and background of the science and mechanics applied to explosive technologies, and provides for a better understanding of those who work to render safe unexploded hazards.

HLSS232 Electronics, Electricity, and Explosives (3 semester hours)

This course is designed for Explosive handling technicians, police or military, or others who respond to incidents involving hazardous devices containing electrical and/or electronic components. Concepts covered include the important differences between electricity and electronics (E&E) from the scientific and technical perspective and the practical situational aspects of threats posed to any handler of suspicious E&E devices. Specific areas are covered in a logical and easy to digest manner and include the fundamental principles of Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) including series, parallel, and series parallel circuits; hazardous device circuit component operations and capabilities; and, safety precautions and guidelines when dealing with circuits contained in hazardous devices. The course focuses on how to conduct research on information sites and references for basic circuitry and helps students recognize the technical aspects of circuit theory, components and capabilities required to effectively perform diagnostic procedures.

HLSS233 Explosive Incident Assessment: Methods, Practices, Protocols (3 semester hours)

This course is an overview of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). It provides a framework in which to evaluate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) utilized by military and civilian Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams and Hazardous Devices teams in the field. The extremely hazardous nature of these operations lends itself to a detailed evaluation of the methods; practices and protocols used during live ordnance and emergency response calls. Formal EOD guidance contained in military instructions and regulations, and Federal Codes of Regulation (CFRs) are examined as references and for operational compliance. They are evaluated for efficacy in meeting the often conflicting and demanding needs of EOD operators. Procedures covered include the full spectrum of military EOD Required Operational Capabilities. Included are high risk evolutions such as diving and demolition operations, parachuting and rappelling operations, and, response to weapons of mass destruction, and small arms employment under hostile and time constrained conditions. The vulnerability and risk of specific EOD procedures to terrorists’ actions is defined, and proposed countermeasures are weighted for effectiveness. The application of industry “Best Practice” risk management processes is examined for application to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal field.

HLSS300 Research Methods in Homeland Security Studies (3 semester hours)

This course must be taken as the first course in the BA in Homeland Security program. This course prepares students to employ basic research methods and writing skills to produce sound research papers and analytical products. Students will learn how to develop the elements of a research strategy, critically read and evaluate data, and communicate their findings in coherent, well-organized written work.

HLSS302 Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense (3 semester hours)

This course offers a broad overview of the key operational and policy areas the United States government employs to best ensure the security of the nation. Students will explore and discover central themes that frame the government’s homeland security operations which emerged after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

HLSS303 Homeland Security Risk, Threats and Consequences (3 semester hours)

This course examines the homeland security threat landscape. Students will evaluate the risks and threats facing homeland security and discuss the consequences if they were realized.

HLSS305 Private Sector Homeland Security (3 semester hours)

The private sector is responsible for much of what has become known as the “homeland security enterprise.” This course will address this expanding role and address the responsibility of private sector entities in securing the homeland.

HLSS310 Critical Infrastructure Protection (3 semester hours)

This course provides an overview of critical infrastructures and their relationships to one another. Critical infrastructure sectors will be analyzed to determine prioritization, potential areas of vulnerability to threats, and potential counter-measures that can be utilized. Students will explore issues pertaining to planning, securing, and responding to these infrastructures under serious threat to ensure continuity of operations. Factors that should be considered in the response to minimize disruption and improve first responder safety will also be discussed.

HLSS311 Border and Coastal Security (3 semester hours)

This course is a study of the federal, state and local organizations involved in border and coastal security, associated homeland security issues, the various policy and operational strategies used for border and coastal access and security, and contemporary border and coastal security concerns. Topics also include immigration and non-U.S. approaches to border and coastal security.

HLSS312 Port Security (3 semester hours)

Port Security is a survey course designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of port security issues. It will examine the critical importance of ports to trade and their vulnerability to disruption and attack. It will also examine several contemporary issues, including; the importance of sea borne trade to the North American and United States economies, the value of mega ports to sea borne trade, the vulnerabilities of ports to disruption and asymmetric attack, critical port security incidents such as the Halifax Explosion, and defensive measures to protect ports from disruption or asymmetric attack.

HLSS320 Intelligence and Homeland Security (3 semester hours)

The course examines the evolution of the role intelligence has played in the development of homeland security strategies. Particular focus is on the ways in which intelligence policy and oversight influence homeland security decisions.

HLSS322 Homeland Security Legal and Ethical Issues (3 semester hours)

This course provides an overview of legal and ethical issues in homeland security. Homeland security legislation and executive orders will be discussed, as will international law, conventions, and declarations. The central focus of the course is the balance of goals, strategies, and objectives for effective homeland security while preserving civil liberties. Issues surrounding intelligence and the use of surveillance, rights of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, immigration, transportation security, and cyber security will all be examined.

HLSS323 Homegrown Violent Extremism (3 semester hours)

This course explores homegrown violent extremism in Western society that has significantly increased around the globe due to the inspiration of al Qaeda and similar groups. This course will examine the ideology of homegrown extremists and the different models of why and how people become radicalized and choose to take violent action against their fellow citizens. Also addressed in this course is the increasing use of social media to recruit and radicalize individuals, initiatives to counter homegrown violent extremism, as well as efforts to de-radicalize individuals.

HLSS498 Senior Seminar in Homeland Security (3 semester hours)

This senior capstone course allows students majoring in homeland security to analyze specific program related issues and problems using the knowledge and understanding gained by completing the required courses in the program and a significant number of the major courses. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program.

HLSS499 Independent Study In Homeland Security (3 semester hours)

This course gives students an opportunity to pursue an independent research project or examine a specific area of study under the mentorship of a single professor. The course is open to upper division students only. Participation is at the discretion of the faculty member and must be approved by the Program Director or Dean. The course will typically involve a major research paper (20-30 pages). Students will submit a proposal prior to the start of the course. To be eligible for an independent study, students must be enrolled in a bachelors degree program, must have completed 24 hours at APUS toward their current degree program, and should have already contacted a professor and gained approval for the independent study topic. Once these conditions are met the student should contact his/her academic advisor. Once the course is open the student must complete an official online registration for the course.