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Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security




Program Description

This undergraduate certificate in Homeland Security focuses on a select interdisciplinary set of topics in the undergraduate discipline of homeland security. The certificate is designed to provide broad coverage of the major homeland security threats in particular weapons of mass destruction, intelligence, consequence management, and homeland defense.

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Program Objectives

  • 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 Hours
Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense
3 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.

Private Sector Homeland Security
3 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.

Intelligence and Homeland Security
3 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.

Choose 9 Credit Hours from the following:
Mind of a Terrorist
3 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.

Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
3 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.

Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction
3 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.

Border and Coastal Security
3 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.

Port Security
3 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.

Total Credits (18 Hours)
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