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Embry-Riddle’s Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree program, one of the very first in the nation, is designed for students who envision a safer, more secure tomorrow, and see themselves in some capacity working toward that end. The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security provides students with a foundation in security, with a mix of the University’s General Education requirements along with a solid core of homeland security-related courses. Specialized tracks (minors) in emergency management, terrorism studies, forensic accounting, military science, international history, global conflict studies, or cybersecurity allow students to customize their degree program to meet their personal desires and needs of the industry.
Whether the student’s interest lies in law and policy, terrorism, emergency management, risk assessment, intelligence analysis, strategic planning, or security, Homeland Security graduates emerge ready to contribute to making the world a safer place.
The Homeland Security degree combines the University’s General Education requirements with a solid core of homeland security courses as well as minors in international relations, cybersecurity, global conflict studies, or several other minors available to the student.
The curriculum of this degree is founded in outcome-based methodology, using analysis of marketplace needs, intelligence from U.S. military and governmental experts, and practicing professionals. Students learn to conduct strategic planning, build continuity plans, as well as design and evaluate exercises for emergency response to disasters.
Students can choose one of three ways to specialize their homeland security education:
- By taking two minors, 15-credit hours each
- By taking one minor and another 15-hour block of approved and related courses
A team of faculty with extensive combined field experience leads the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs. These dedicated, talented faculty share with students their first-hand experiences and teach critical analysis and threat assessment using current events and classroom projects.
Subject matter experts from a variety of homeland security disciplines often provide guest lectures or even teach entire courses. As conditions change in the U.S. and around the world, the student’s educational experience is adapted to meet the demands of industry and government institutions. Our degree program empowers its graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful throughout the homeland security enterprise and work to make the world a safer, more secure place.
About Homeland Security at the Worldwide & Online Campus
With the ever changing needs of the government and its role in protecting its citizens, the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security (BSHS) degree aims to meet those needs as well the needs of the private sector.
This bachelor's program will help to develop highly marketable skills for its graduates such as the ability to perform risk analyses, write emergency management plans, and understand how to identify and protect critical infrastructure.
Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities in federal or state government, universities, and the military or in the private sector.
For students who choose to pursue their master’s degree, a 4+1 degree option is available.
The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security (BSHS) degree is based on the needs of the U.S. government and its citizens as well as the needs of the private sector. The BSHS degree combines the University’s General Education requirements with a solid core of homeland security courses as well as minors in international relations, cybersecurity or several other minors available to the student. In addition, this degree allows the student to take maximum advantage of transfer credits and electives in order to explore breadth in related areas of study.
The Homeland Security degree is designed for students who have an interest in obtaining a strong foundation in many of the domains of the growing homeland security enterprise, including terrorism studies, law and policy, emergency management, risk analysis, intelligence, physical security, environmental security, asymmetric warfare, and decision making/strategic planning. In addition, students can choose from two ways to specialize their homeland security education; either through (a) taking two minors or (b) one minor and at least a 15 credit “coherent block of courses” (with permission from the BSHS program coordinator). Senior capstone projects require students to work with local organizations to solve real homeland security or emergency management challenges. Internships or cooperative work experiences optimize the student’s professional preparation and credentials.
The goal of the degree is to produce highly marketable graduates with entry-level skills such as the ability to perform risk analyses, write emergency management and continuity of operations plans, design and evaluate exercises, design and perform physical security evaluations, design and deliver professional briefings, and understand how to identify and protect critical infrastructure. Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities in federal or state government, universities, and the military or in the private sector. In addition, the BSHS program is ideal preparation for further study in graduate school, including law, public policy, or emergency management, intelligence analysis, business, criminal justice, political science, national security studies, international affairs, and other related fields.
B.S. in Homeland Security students who wish to continue on to a master's degree may enroll in the BSHS to MSHSR or MSCMP 4+1 program as outlined in this program.
|Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, and Humanities and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.|
|Communication Theory and Skills|
|ENGL 123||English Composition||3|
|HUMN 330||Values and Ethics||3|
|or ECON 211||Macroeconomics|
|Social Science elective (History/Government/Social Science/Psychology/Economics)||3|
|Physical and Life Science Lower-Level electives|
& MATH 112
|Pre-calculus for Aviation|
and Applied Calculus for Aviation
|or MATH 140|
& MATH 142
| College Algebra|
|Take one of the following courses to satisfy Computer Science requirements. The course used to satisfy the General Education Computer Science requirement cannot also be used to satisfy a Core/Major or Minor requirement.||3|
|Introduction to Computers and Applications|
|Introduction to Computing for Data Analysis|
|Computer and Network Technologies|
|Homeland Security Core**|
|HLSD 110||Introduction to Homeland Security||3|
|CYBR 155||Foundations of Information Security||3|
|HLSD 215||Introduction to Industrial Security||3|
|HLSD 280||Professional Skills in Homeland Security||3|
|EMGY 310||Fundamentals of Emergency Management||3|
|HLSD 315||Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and Risk Analysis||3|
|HLSD 320||Homeland Security Law and Policy||3|
|SCTY 488||National Security Issues and Terrorism||3|
|SCTY 315||Studies in Intelligence I||3|
|or SCTY 385||Intelligence Collection and Analysis|
|HLSD 290||Environmental Security||3|
|HLSD 360||Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security||3|
|HLSD 405||Emergent Topics in Homeland Security||3|
|HLSD 410||Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security||3|
|HLSD 495||Homeland Security Capstone I||3|
|HLSD 496||Homeland Security Capstone II||3|
Breadth Area or Choose Minors
|Students complete their breadth requirement by either two non-duplicating minors (minimum 30 credits total), or one minor and a "coherent block of study" (minimum 30 credits total) that is determined with consent of Program Coordinator.|
|SFTY 201||Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety||3|
|or SFTY 409||Aviation Safety|
|Select one of the following safety courses:||3|
|Environmental Compliance and Safety|
|Health, Safety and Aviation Law|
|STAT 222||Business Statistics||3|
|**For students in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree program the RSCH 202 prerequisite for Core, Program Support, or Minor courses are waived since RSCH 202 is not required for the program.|
|Choose Any 300-400 Level Course|
|Total Degree Requirements||(Minimum) 123|
Minnesota student residents refer to State of Minnesota Course Requirement statement for Humanities requirements.
BSHS to MSHSR or MSCMP 4+1 Program, A Unique Opportunity
The BSHS to MSHSR or MSCMP 4+1 program is for exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education through the master's degree. This fast-paced program an accelerated BSHS leading to an M.S. in Human Security & Resilience (MSHSR) or an accelerated BSHS leading to an M.S. in Cybersecurity Management & Policy (MSCMP) degree programs in five academic years. The 4+1 option allows qualifying students to substitute either three MSHSR graduate courses or three MSCMP graduate courses covering similar concepts and principles for three required courses:
Students who are accepted into the 4+1 program, spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study. At the beginning of their senior year (having earned at least 75 credit hours with a 3.00 CGPA), may take up to three graduate-level courses that will meet undergraduate and graduate program requirements (when a B grade or better is achieved). Students must complete a minimum of 120 undergraduate/graduate course credits for their Bachelor of Science degree.
Upon completion of the BSHS requirements, students will be enrolled in graduate school and can complete their MSHSR or MSCMP degree in one year. In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, a grade of B or better must be earned. If a grade of C or F is earned in any of the MSHSR or MSCMP graduate courses taken for BSHS credit, the student will be removed from the 4+1 program, have credit awarded to the BSHS degree only, and may continue to complete the BSHS degree.
For BSHS to MSCMP 4+1 Program, MCMP 515 (International Law and U.S. Security Policy) can be taken in lieu of HLSD 320 (Homeland Security Law and Policy). Any 500-level MCMP course can be taken in lieu of the BSHS 300/400-level elective.
For BSHS to MSHSR 4 + 1 Program, MHSR 530 (Environmental Security) can be taken in lieu of HLSD 290 (Environmental Security). MHSR 520 (Principles of International Conflict Resolution) can be taken in lieu of HLSD 320 (Homeland Security Law and Policy). Any 500-level MHSR course can be taken in lieu of the BSHS 300/400-level elective.
Students initiate program acceptance through their Academic Advisor or Campus Advisor; to help ensure program criteria are met. Student Advisor will complete the request for processing into the 4+1 program.
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