Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree

Increase your knowledge about defending our homeland and get ready to manage and lead the organizations that defend against threats to homeland security and manage emergency situations by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in homeland security.

A major in homeland security can help you develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for management and leadership in homeland security. The coursework has been developed by practitioner-scholars who work in a variety of homeland security roles and is designed to provide you with a global outlook, interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, and awareness of current issues in domestic and international security. You’ll use actual homeland security information, taken straight from governmental sources, in your assignments.

Your Coursework in Homeland Security

In your courses, you'll focus on the security issues of homeland security, including international and domestic terrorism, infrastructure protection, strategic planning, international relations, intelligence operations, and evaluation. You'll also learn about ethics, research and technology, legal and political issues and leadership. Management competencies covered include strategic planning, legal awareness, aspects of intelligence and international relations, ethics, decision making, and supervision.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Lead, manage, and motivate others, developing their knowledge and skills, to establish and achieve strategic and operational homeland security goals and interface with internal and external audiences
  • Manage technology and information for the protection and recovery of critical infrastructure/information in a hostile or emergency environment
  • Navigate the financial, personnel, legal, and political information of public or private organizations to identify, evaluate, and address organizational needs, requirements, and resources
  • Research, analyze, and synthesize complex intelligence information using various methods to formulate risk assessments and responses to emerging threats
  • Communicate, negotiate, and educate strategically and tactically across cultural boundaries with diverse partners and stakeholders within homeland security
  • Write concise and succinct policy, planning, and procedure documents for a variety of audiences to support homeland security operations

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify a homeland security issue
  • Analyze how the issue should be addressed
  • Present possible solutions, including implementation steps and recommendations

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for management work in security risk assessments, operational recovery management, and strategy development to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in homeland security requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major (33 Credits)

  • Introduction to Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 302)
  • Strategic Planning in Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 304)
  • Homeland Security Response to Critical Incidents (3 Credits, HMLS 310)
  • Legal and Political Issues in Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 406)
  • Infrastructure in Homeland Security (3 Credits, HMLS 408)
  • Homeland Security and Intelligence (3 Credits, HMLS 414)
  • Homeland Security and International Relations (3 Credits, HMLS 416)
  • Public Safety Research and Technology (3 Credits, PSAD 410)
  • Public Safety Administration Ethics (3 Credits, PSAD 414)
  • Public Safety Leadership (3 Credits, PSAD 416)
  • Homeland Security Issues and Challenges (3 Credits, HMLS 495)

Minor and Elective Courses (46 Credits)

General Education Courses (41 Credits)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course

Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) to be taken in first 6 credits

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Courses

Career Services

Whether you are a current student, alumnus, prospective student or employer, Career Services offers you easy access to career-related support and resources.

Current students and alumni can take advantage of many valuable services, including

  • Career mapping
  • Resume and cover-letter tips
  • Job fair preparation
  • Resources to find job opportunities
  • Strategies for the federal job search
  • Interview preparation

Prospective students are eligible for general Career Planning and Career Change advising as it relates to potential UMGC studies only.