Homeland Security Courses

Courses in homeland security (designated HMLS) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • a major in homeland security
  • a minor in homeland security
  • electives

Introduction to Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 302)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An introduction to the theory and practice of homeland security in both the public and private sector at national, regional, state, and local levels. The objective is to apply management concepts to homeland security, identify legal and policy issues related to homeland security, and compare the four phases of homeland security. An overview of the administrative, legislative, and operational elements of homeland security programs and processes (including a review of homeland security history, policies, and programs) is provided. Topics include the threat of terrorism and countermeasures, including intelligence, investigation, and policy that support U.S. homeland security objectives.

Strategic Planning in Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 304)

Prerequisite: HMLS 302. An examination of the fundamentals of strategic planning necessary for the maintenance of domestic security and the operation of the homeland security organization in the public and private sectors. The goal is to develop and analyze homeland security strategic plans. Topics include organizational priorities, planning documents, policy development, legislation, financial operations, and the evaluation process. Analysis covers threat, risk, vulnerability, probability, and impact as parameters for decision making and resource allocation.

Legal and Political Issues of Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 406)

Prerequisite: HMLS 302. A study of the legal aspects of and public policy on homeland security. The aim is to analyze governmental and private-sector roles and form a model homeland security policy. The development of public policy in homeland security is examined at local, regional, national, and international levels. Topics include surveillance, personal identity verification, personal privacy and redress, federal legislation passed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001, the rights of foreign nationals, the rights of U.S. citizens, the governmental infrastructure for decisions concerning legal rights, and the difficulties of prosecuting terrorist suspects (such as jurisdictional issues, rules of evidence, and prosecution strategies).