Homeland Security Studies Degree Specialization
Formed to fulfill a crucial mission, the Department of Homeland Security aims to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the U.S. to terrorism, and minimize the damage from attacks should they occur. DeVry University’s Justice Administration bachelor's degree program with a specialization in Homeland Security Studies can help you gain a fundamental understanding of national security, terrorism, international concerns, intelligence analysis and emergency management.
Careers in Homeland Security are in-demand. With a national eye on terrorism, many government and law enforcement agencies are increasing staff. 1 For instance, the Transportation Security Administration staff has grown nearly 400% since 20012 and the FBI reports it will increase jobs by 17% by 2021.3
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Homeland Security Studies Courses
Our Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration with a specialization in Homeland Security Studies may include these career-focused courses:
- Homeland Security and Terrorism - This course provides a foundation for understanding the scope of homeland security, including responsibilities and strategies of the Department of Homeland Security and related government agencies.
- Security Intelligence Analysis - This course investigates intelligence analysis principles and methods as applicable to homeland-security-related case studies and scenarios.
- International Relations - This course examines world politics as related to international conflict and security. Behavior and relationships among states are explored through case studies and real-world events.
- Terrorism Investigation - This course focuses on techniques law enforcement professionals employ in investigating terrorism. Strategic, political, social and religious underpinnings of terrorism are examined, as are current challenges, laws and policies in defense of the U.S. homeland.
- Emergency Management - This course deals with emergency or disaster risk mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Topics covered include managing complex organizations and emergency decision-making, interagency cooperation, and recovery challenges.
- Disaster Response - This course explores various types and phases of disasters, responses that are planned or improvised, and problem avoidance during disasters. Urgent care of disaster victims, search and rescue, dealing with fatalities and models of overall recovery operations are examined.
- Terrorism in Emergency Management - This course covers emergency management considerations when terrorist behavior or acts are a factor. Threats, consequences and responses – with an interagency perspective – are considered through the life cycle of emergency management, from preparedness and planning to long-term recovery.
- Crisis Intervention - This course explores approaches to intervening in traumatic or dangerous social events precipitated by groups, individuals or environmental factors, with consequences for individuals or groups.
1 "Government Job Hiring Set to Soar", Robert Longley, sourced July 24, 2013, http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/governmentjobs/a/hiringbinge.htm
2 "A Decade Later: A Call for TSA Reform", 112th Congress, November 16, 2011, sourced August 21, 2013, http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2011-11-16-TSA_Reform_Report.pdf, page 3.
3 "Best Jobs if You're Leaving the Military", Anne C. Lee, November 2011, sourced June 26, 2013, http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-jobs/2011/career-change-military/6.html