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The Homeland Security degree is designed to increase the knowledge of personnel working in the arenas of public administration, public safety, public health, law enforcement, intelligence, and private security management. This degree provides an introduction to the threats posed by domestic, international, and transnational terrorism, geo-political threats posed by nation states, and natural disasters. Students will explore the underlying factors that lead to global instability and domestic vulnerability, while learning best practices behind successful threat assessment and security planning. This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements, program electives, electives and general education in the courses listed below.

For more information about Justice Studies, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: CRIMJ.AAS.HOME

Program Requirements
CRIMJ 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIMJ 1145Introduction to Homeland Security3
CRIMJ 1147Introduction to Domestic, International, and Transnational Terrorism3
CRIMJ 1151Constitutional Law3
CRIMJ 2150Multiculturalism and Diversity3
POLS 1100Introduction to Political Science3
Program Electives
Select 18 credits from the following:18
CRIMJ 1140
Private Security and Law Enforcement
Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerabilities Solutions
Emergency Management I
Computers and Criminal Justice
Emergency Management II
Introduction to Intelligence
Intelligence Analysis
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Select 10 credits from any 1000- or 2000-level courses10
General Education
Select 18 to 22 credits 118-22
Total Credits64-68

In addition to the courses listed above.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CRIMJ 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIMJ 1145 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
ENGLI 1101
English Composition I
or Workplace Writing
Gen EdMathematics 3-5
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
Second Semester
CRIMJ 1151 Constitutional Law 3
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Small-Group Communication  
Introduction to Business Communication  
Gen EdPhysical and Life Sciences 3-5
CRIMJ 1147 Introduction to Domestic, International, and Transnational Terrorism 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
Summer Semester
ElectiveElective 1 2-3
ElectiveElective 1 2-3
Third Semester
CRIMJ 2150 Multiculturalism and Diversity 3
POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science 3
PHYS 2251 Living With Health 2 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
Fourth Semester
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
ElectiveElective 1 3
ElectiveElective 3
 Total Credits64-70

For general electives, faculty recommend that you take courses toward a stackable credential (i.e. Criminal Justice Certificate courses).


Recommended Elective. PHYS 2251 Living With Health emphasizes stress management, nutrition, fitness and overall wellness – essential for public service professions.

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.
  • Make an appointment with a full-time faculty member to discuss course selections and co-curricular activities.
  • Join the Academy of Law and Criminal Justice Club / Chi Upsilon Honors Society.
  • Schedule Math and English placement tests as necessary prior to the start of the semester.
  • Declare the credentials you desire to complete.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.