Increase your knowledge about defending our homeland and get ready to manage and lead the organizations that defend against threats to homeland security and manage emergency situations by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in homeland security.
A major in homeland security can help you develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for management and leadership in homeland security. The coursework has been developed by practitioner-scholars who work in a variety of homeland security roles and is designed to provide you with a global outlook, interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, and awareness of current issues in domestic and international security. You’ll use actual homeland security information, taken straight from governmental sources, in your assignments.
This program is also available as a minor.
About the Homeland Security Bachelor’s Degree
In your courses, you'll focus on the security issues of homeland security, including international and domestic terrorism, infrastructure protection, strategic planning, international relations, intelligence operations, and evaluation. You'll also learn about ethics, research and technology, legal and political issues and leadership. Management competencies covered include strategic planning, legal awareness, aspects of intelligence and international relations, ethics, decision making, and supervision.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Lead, manage, and motivate others, developing their knowledge and skills, to establish and achieve strategic and operational homeland security goals and interface with internal and external audiences
- Manage technology and information for the protection and recovery of critical infrastructure/information in a hostile or emergency environment
- Navigate the financial, personnel, legal, and political information of public or private organizations to identify, evaluate, and address organizational needs, requirements, and resources
- Research, analyze, and synthesize complex intelligence information using various methods to formulate risk assessments and responses to emerging threats
- Communicate, negotiate, and educate strategically and tactically across cultural boundaries with diverse partners and stakeholders within homeland security
- Write concise and succinct policy, planning, and procedure documents for a variety of audiences to support homeland security operations
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Identify a homeland security issue
- Analyze how the issue should be addressed
- Present possible solutions, including implementation steps and recommendations
Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree Requirements
A degree with a major in homeland security requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See p. 67 for information on overall degree requirements.
Courses in the Major
- Introduction to Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 302)
- Homeland Security Response to Critical Incidents (3 Credits, HMLS 310)
- Legal and Political Issues of Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 406)
- Infrastructure in Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 408)
- Homeland Security and Intelligence (3 Credits, HMLS 414)
- Homeland Security and International Relations (3 Credits, HMLS 416)
- Public Safety Research and Technology (3 Credits, PSAD 410)
- Public Safety Administration Ethics (3 Credits, PSAD 414)
- Public Safety Leadership (3 Credits, PSAD 416)
- Strategic Planning in Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 304)
- Public Safety Policies and Leadership (3 Credits, HMLS 495)
Related required Course
Note: The following related required courses for the major are listed under general education ourses and may be applied to general education or elective requirements.
General Education Requirements
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).
Research and Computer Literacy Courses
- Program and Career Explorations for the Military Community (3 Credits, PACE 111M)
or Program and Career Exploration in Public Safety (3 Credits, PACE 111P)
or other PACE 111 course
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
- Introduction to Research (1 Credits, LIBS 150)
or Career Planning Management (1 Credits, CAPL 398A)
or other general education elective
- Information Systems in Organizations (3 Credits, IFSM 300)
(related requirement for the major)
- Academic Writing I (3 Credits, WRTG 111)
or Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Academic Writing II (3 Credits, WRTG 112)
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394)
or other advanced upper-level writing course
- College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
- Western Civilization II (3 Credits, HIST 142)
or History of the United States Since 1865 (3 Credits, HIST 157)
or other arts and humanities course
- Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100)
or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
- Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201)
or Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits, PSYC 100)
or other behavioral and social science course
- American Government (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
The bachelor's degree in homeland security requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.
This program is designed to help prepare you for management work in security risk assessments, operational recovery management, and strategy development to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.
An articulation agreement between UMUC’s Undergraduate School and Graduate School allows eligible students who complete their undergraduate degree at UMUC with a major in homeland security to reduce their total coursework for the Master of Science in Management or the Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in homeland security management at UMUC by 6 credits (two courses) and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.