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Bachelor of Science in
Homeland Security

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.

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