Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is a 120-credit degree available completely online. It was developed by a team of professors and practitioners to provide students with a broad view of homeland security issues by going beyond a single discipline to consider policy, preparation, response and recovery issues. Course work covers law enforcement, emergency management and business continuity issues. The program is intended for adults who want to learn the fundamentals of homeland security and emergency preparedness and prepares students for the day to day decision-making required in the post-9/11 era.

Learn how Coast Guard and Maritime Law Enforcement Academy training can be applied as credit toward this degree.

The degree program can be completed online and complements the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Science in Management degree programs at Thomas Edison State College.

Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • Math course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Critical Thinking for Homeland Security (HLS-355)
  • Cultural Diversity in the US (SOC-322)
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities/Social Sciences/Natural Sciences/Math or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study 18
A. Required 18
  • SOS-440: Terrorism
  • HLS-410: Protecting the Homeland, Balancing Security and Liberty
  • HLS-420: Homeland Security: Preparedness, Prevention and Deterrence
  • HLS-429: Protecting the Homeland, Response & Recovery
  • SOS-492: Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • HLS-498: Capstone in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
III. Electives (select 15 credits from below or other courses in Homeland Security) 15
  • Counterterrorism
  • Disaster & Fire Defense Planning
  • Domestic Terrorism
  • Electronic Intelligence Analysis
  • Emergency Planning
  • Intelligence and Homeland Security
  • Interagency Communication
  • Managerial Issues with Hazardous Materials
  • Managing Homeland Security
  • Natural Disaster Management
  • Port Security
  • Psychology of Disaster
  • Psychology of Terrorism
  • Security Planning and Assessment
  • Social Impact of Disasters on the Community
  • Stress Management Theory & Practice
  • Strategic Planning and Risk Reduction
  • Constitutional Issues
  • Leadership Communication
  • Theories of Leadership
IV. Free Electives 27
Total 120


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