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Homeland Security

Certificate Offered

Credits Required: 18 (2015-2016 Academic Year)

The Homeland Security certificate program is well-suited for students who think quickly and strategically and want an exciting and rewarding career that allows them to help protect those in their community. During your studies, you will develop analytical thinking in order to safeguard criminal infrastructure and key resources as well as gain 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.

Personnel working in the Homeland Security and emergency management arena typically require an in-depth background check and a security clearance as they handle law enforcement sensitive information and national security materials on a regular basis.

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Curriculum

First Semester - 9 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CRIM 128
Orientation to Homeland Security
3.00
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
CRIM 133
Domestic Terrorism & Home Security
3.00
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
CRIM 136
Intro to Phys Security & Deterrents
3.00
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

Code
Title
Credits
CRIM 164
Continuity of Operations Planning
3.00
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
CRIM 168
Cybersecurity: Law & Ethics
3.00
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
POLS 101
American National Government
3.00
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