In today’s world, there is daily evidence of the need for security. Natural disasters and the effects of climate change are costly and can devastate entire communities, the threat of terrorism is present globally, and the need for cybersecurity increases as technologies develop. A degree in Homeland Security will afford you the opportunity to have positive impact with every decision you make. You could change the course of events, to influence history. You can direct society to a safer path. You will be at the front line to help people recover from disasters and to prevent crime and terrorism.
A Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security provides the tools to defend and protect against threats to our nation and act and react to all manner of menacing situations, natural or man-made. The degree empowers you to think, to plan, to survive intense circumstances, to work independently and collaboratively in teams and to identify solutions to complex problems.
You will take coursework in emergency management, terrorism studies, risk analysis, strategy, environmental security and cybersecurity. You will have hands-on experiences through internships, class projects and a senior capstone research project to solve real-world challenges for real-world clients. Each résumé-building accomplishment increases your professional value and helps you develop a career with government agencies, businesses or the military.
If you want to make decisions and take actions that affect more than the bottom line, you should explore the Homeland Security degree. It is the choice for future security and intelligence professionals.
The Department of Security Studies & International Affairs successfully prepares its students for dynamic careers. As Homeland Security students walk the stage at graduation, they typically have completed an internship and a consulting experience in a real organization. As a direct result, almost 60% already have jobs or plans to attend graduate school, which is significantly above the national average. Over three-fourths of the class have at least one interview before graduation, and, ultimately, 100% of Homeland Security students have jobs or are attending graduate school within one year of graduation.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security requires successful completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters, with a variety of ways to combine minors and specializations to gain the necessary breadth. Students are also required to complete an internship or Cooperative Education program.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security requires successful completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters as outlined below. Breadth area can be accomplished in several ways, for example:
All Homeland Security majors must complete a senior capstone course (HS 490) and a three-credit internship (at least 300 hours) or co-op following their freshman year. All university requirements for eligibility apply and the high school program works with Career Services to administrate all internship experiences.
Students transferring into the program who have earned academic credits in homeland security-related coursework or professional experience may be granted credit hours to be applied to the degree program with approval from the program coordinator.
|Homeland Security Core||48|
For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.
|Communication Theory and Skills||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101 or equivalent)||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Mathematics (MA 111,MA 112, or MA 140,MA 142, or equivalent)||6|
|Physical Science (lab must be included)||6|
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|HS 110||Introduction to Homeland Security||3|
|HS 155||Foundations of Information Security||3|
|HS 215||Introduction to Industrial Security||3|
|HS 280||Professional Skills in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 310||Fundamentals of Emergency Management||3|
|HS 315||Critical Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis||3|
|HS 320||Homeland Security Law and Policy||3|
|HS 325||Terrorism: Origin, Ideologies, and Goals||3|
|HS 350||Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 360||Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 385||Homeland Security Technology and Systems||3|
|HS 405||Emergent Topics in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 410||Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 480||Environmental Security||3|
|or WX 480||Environmental Security|
|HS 490||Practicum in Homeland Security||3|
|Cooperative Education (CE 696)||3|
Students with a CGPA of 2.5 or higher may enroll in the Cooperative Education or internship experience at the equivalent of three or more credits to be taken during or after the sophomore year. Students must see their advisor prior to enrollment and the prerequisite for any internship is HS 280 or consent of advisor.
|SF 201||Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety||3|
|or SF 210||Introduction to Aerospace Safety|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Environmental Compliance and Safety|
|Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology|
|Applications in Industrial Hygiene|
|Health, Safety, and Aviation Law|
|MA 222||Business Statistics (or equivalent)||3|
|All Homeland Security majors are required to complete coursework to compliment the HS core courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their breadth requirement by either a second major, or two minors (minimum 30 credits total), or one minor and a “coherent block of credits” (minimum 30 credits total) which is determined with consent of the Homeland Security advisor. The breadth areas are located in the Minor Course of Studies.|
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
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