B.S. in Homeland Security

Bachelor of Science

The Department of Security Studies and International Affairs (SSIA) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security (HS) that is based on the needs of the U.S. government and its citizens as well as the needs of the private sector. The HS degree combines the University’s General Education requirements with a solid core of homeland security courses as well as minors in forensic accounting, international relations, terrorism studies, or 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 one of three ways to specialize their homeland security education; either through (1) taking two minors or (2) one minor and at least a 15 credit “coherent block of courses” (with permission from the HS program coordinator) or (3) taking a second major.  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 HS 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, etc.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security requires successful completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters as outlined below.  The breadth area requirement can be accomplished in several ways, for example:

  • Completing two minors (to total a minimum of 30 credit hours)
  • Completing one minor and a second coherent set of coursework of at least 15 credits approved through the advising process (to total a minimum of 30 credit hours)
  • Completing a second major (to total a minimum of 30 credit hours)

All Homeland Security majors must complete a senior capstone course (HS 490) and a 3 credit (that is at least 300 hours) internship or co-op sometime following their freshman year. All university requirements for eligibility apply and the HS program works with Career Services to administrate all internship experiences.

Students transferring into the program who have earned academic credits in homeland security-related coursework or professional experience may be granted credit hours to be applied to the degree program with approval from the program coordinator.

B.S. in Homeland Security with Two Breadth Areas

General Education37
Homeland Security Core48
Breadth Area30
Program Support9
Total Credits124

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101 or equivalent)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Mathematics (recommend MA 120 and MA 220)6
Physical Science (lab must be included)6
UNIV 101College Success1
Total Credits37

Homeland Security Core Courses

HS 110Introduction to Homeland Security3
HS 155Foundations of Information Security3
HS 215Introduction to Industrial Security3
HS 280Professional Skills in Homeland Security3
HS 290Introduction to Environmental Security3
HS 310Fundamentals of Emergency Management3
HS 315Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and Risk Analysis3
HS 320Homeland Security Law and Policy3
HS 325Terrorism: Origin, Ideologies, and Goals3
HS 350Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security3
HS 360Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security3
HS 405Emergent Topics in Homeland Security3
HS 410Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security3
HS 490Senior Capstone in Homeland Security3
Open Elective -any 300/400 level class3
Cooperative Education (CE 396)3
Total Credits48

Students with a CGPA of 2.5 or higher may enroll in the cooperative education or internship experience at the equivalent of three or more credits to be taken during or after the sophomore year. Student must see advisor prior to enrollment, prerequisite for  any internship is HS 280 or consent of advisor.

Program Support

SF 201Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety3
or SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Compliance and Safety
Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
Applications in Industrial Hygiene
Health, Safety, and Aviation Law
MA 222Business Statistics (or equivalent)3
Total Credits9

Breadth Area

All Homeland Security majors are required to complete coursework to compliment the HS core courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their breadth requirement by either a second major, or two minors (minimum 30 credits total), or one minor and a “coherent block of credits” (minimum 30 credits total) which is determined with consent of Homeland Security advisor. All minors are located in the Minor Course of Studies section of this catalog.30