Homeland Security, Associate in Science

Before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there was no career field called "homeland security" and no need for a collegiate-level program. Our safety and security were entrusted to well-recognized public safety agencies such as law enforcement, fire service, and the myriad of local, state and federal criminal justice agencies.

Today, homeland security is a composite of many different fields that individually respond and manage natural and man-made disasters. The mitigation, preparation, and response to disasters require due diligence, training, and a specialized expertise to ensure the safety and security of our communities.

The Associate in Homeland Security program introduces students to a wide range of related fields including emergency planning and security, fire service, corrections, emergency management, first responders, private and personal security, computer security, and cyber-crime investigation and prevention. The program provides students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge to gain entry-level positions in various law enforcement, fire service, federal, state or municipal law enforcement agencies, diplomatic security, and customs border protection.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the Homeland Security fields, including their impact upon local communities and society, and organizational structure and operations.
  2. Analyze contemporary issues affecting national, state, and local community security.
  3. Assess operational requirements, social and economic impact, and legislative consequences of Homeland Security.
  4. Evaluate the processes necessary for successful implementation of Homeland Security programs.
  5. Examine the ethics and responsibilities of professionals in Homeland Security and related fields.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the Homeland Security major core courses with a minimum grade of "C-" in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.3. 

Curriculum

Associate in Homeland Security

General Education Core Requirements - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 212/BUS 212Grant Writing

3

CAP 1XXComputer Literacy (CAP)*

3

MATH 135Contemporary Mathematics

3

SCI 1XXScience Elective

4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

PHIL 103Ethical & Legal Issues

3

OR

PHIL 105Ethics, Values, and Cultural Competence in Human Services

3

OR

HSM 105Contemporary Ethical Perspectives

3

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.


Programmatic General Education Core Requirements - 6 Credits

COM 1XXCommunications Elective

3

PSY 2XXElective

3

Homeland Security Major Core Requirements - 24 Credits

Freshman Year

HSM 101Introduction to Homeland Security

3

HSM 106/CJS 106Investigative Report Writing

3

HSM 102Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

3

HSM 103Emergency Planning: Response, Preparedness and Testing for Critical Incidents

3

Sophomore Year

HSM 104Domestic and International Terrorism

3

HSM 220National Incident Management System (NIMS)

3

HSM 235/CJS 235Principles of Personal and Physical Security

3

HSM 290Internship

3

Electives - 9 Credits

HSM/CJS 1XXElectives

6

HSM/CJS 2XXElective

3

Total Credit Hours: 61