Credits Required: 18 (2016-2017 Academic Year)
If you are able to think quickly and strategically and want an exciting and rewarding career that allows you to help protect those in your community, then the Homeland Security program is well-suited for you. During the program, you develop your analytical thinking in order to safeguard critical infrastructure and key resources. The curriculum provides you with knowledge in a variety of areas including terrorism and terrorist motivations, cyber security, fire management, pre-hospital emergency medical services, and weapons of mass destruction.
The Homeland Security program must be completed within two academic years.
Students must achieve a “C” grade or better in all program major courses.
First Semester - 9 Credits
Orientation to Homeland Security
The course consists of 33 contact hours. Students take part in 12 contact hours of the DHS/FEMA online training for Incident Command System 100 and 200; and National Incident Management System 700 and 800. DHS/FEMA certifications are issued following successful completion of these 4 courses and must be presented to the instructor before the end of the class. 3-0-3
Domestic Terrorism & Home Security
This is an overview course focusing on the impact of the war on terrorism in the United States, on our citizens, our government, and on society. Topics to be examined will include how the war on terror has affected first responders; our aviation system, our federal law enforcement agencies, and the relationship between state and local government. Also included will be the topic of cyber-terriorism and how this threat has dramatically altered our country's approach to national security. 3-0-3
Intro to Phys Security & Deterrents
This course will concentrate primarily on the development and implementation of a Vulnerability Assessment program. The course explores the various idiosyncrasies that occur with the different types of facilities. The course will include a critical look at the various aspects of physical and cyber security to be considered and learn how to apply credibility and nuisance tests. Personnel access, traffic control and other mitigation measures will be covered. 3-0-3
Second Semester - 9 Credits
Continuity of Operations Planning
This course is designed for a broad audience and incorporates the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) online class. Topics include an overview of essential functions, delegation of authority, succession planning, alternate facilities, interoperable communications, vital records, directives and databases, and human capital. Students will prepare a COOP (Continuity of Operations Plan) for a local business or government entity. 3-0-3
Cybersecurity: Law & Ethics
The course is designed to introduce the student to the dynamic of information security. Information security covers a broad range of areas; from keeping networks secure from hackers to protection of one's own personal information. Areas of study will include ethical, moral, and legal issues; industry and vendor specific certifications; encryption and decryption methods and protocols; and the security system design life cycle. The latest developments in information security and network security will also be covered. 3-0-3
American National Government
This course considers the evolution of the principles, form, and operation of our governmental systems with special emphasis on constitutional issues and the various means for the resolution of conflicts. 3-0-3