Associate in Science - Homeland Security

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 the 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 certain amount of expertise in order to ensure the safety and security of our communities.

The Associate in Homeland Security program provides an understanding of a wide range of topics including aspects of 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. Provide the students with knowledge and skills of the Homeland Security fields of concentration, including impact upon local communities and society, and organizational structure and operations;
  2. Display an understanding of contemporary issues affecting national, state, and local community security;
  3. Present a basic understanding of operational requirements, social and economic impact, and legislative consequences of Homeland Security;
  4. Emphasize the processes necessary for successful implementation of Homeland Security programs;
  5. Examine the ethics and responsibilities of professionals in Homeland Security and related fields; and
  6. Prepare for further academic pursuits and careers in public and private sectors.

Additionally, graduates will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education components.

Graduation Requirements

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. In addition, students must complete all of the general graduation requirements as stated in the catalog.

Curriculum

Associate in Homeland Security

General Education Core Requirements - 24-25 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

HSM 106

Investigative Report Writing (WR)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

 

Science Competency (SCI)

3-4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

HSM 105

Contemporary Ethical Perspectives OR

 

PHIL 105

Ethics, Values, and Cultural Competence in

 

 

Human Services (CU)

3

Non-Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

3

 

Open Elective

 

Homeland Security Major Core Requirements - 21 Credits

Freshman Year

HSM 101

Introduction to Homeland Security

3

HSM 102

Introduction to Weapons of

 

 

Mass Destruction (WMD)

3

HSM 104

Domestic and International Terrorism

3

Sophomore Year

HSM 103

Emergency Planning: Response,

 

 

Preparedness and Testing

 

 

for Critical Incidents

3

HSM 220

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

3

HSM 235

Principles of Personal and Physical Security

3

HSM 275

Research Project OR

 

HSM 290

Internship

3

Electives - 12 Credits

HSM/CJS 1XX

Electives

6

HSM/CJS 2XX

Elective

3

OPEN

Elective

3

Total Credits in the Program

60-61