BS in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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. The 120-credit degree program is offered completely online and complements the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Homeland Security or Master of Science in Management degree programs at Thomas Edison State College.

BS in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Credit Distribution

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)
  • College Mathematics
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Personal and Social Responsibility 12
  • Cultural Diversity in the US (SOC-322)
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Ethics or Diversity Elective
C. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 15
  • Critical Thinking for Homeland Security (HLS-355)
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities/Social Sciences/Natural Sciences/Math or Interdisciplinary Elective
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study 18
A. Required 18
  • SOS-440: Terrorism
  • HLS-410: Counterterrorism: Constitutional and Legislative Issues
  • 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. Area of Study 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 credits


Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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