Homeland Security (HS)


HS 110  Introduction to Homeland Security  3 Credits

The primary focus of this course is on issues dealing with the security of the citizens and industries of the United States, with emphasis on the transportation system and critical infrastructure protection roles of states, cities, and municipalities. Specific subjects introduced include the mission; the functions and responsibilities; and the legislative and regulatory framework governing the various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security; criminal acts against transportation; emergency management within the United States; the intelligence community and its role in homeland security; and issues pertaining to air; airtime; surface; and cargo security.

HS 155  Foundations of Information Security  3 Credits

Survey of the broad field of cyber-security and information assurance. Definition of information security; the need for this field of study; ethical and legal issues; risk management and planning; and information security technology; role of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in securing the cyberspace and the nation's information-related infrastructures.

HS 199  Special Topics in Homeland Security  1-6 Credit

This is a variable credit independent study course. Students wishing to pursue an independent study in Homeland Security will need to coordinate and establish the number of credits (for example, 1-3), topics, etc. with a Homeland Security faculty member willing to work with him/her.

HS 215  Introduction to Industrial Security  3 Credits

This course will review the fundamentals of security and emergency planning and management. The nature, scope, history, and essential elements of security in the workplace are discussed with emphasis on personal protection and to a limited extent property protection. The workplace will include selected aviation and industrial settings. Operational aspects of security that include strategies for identifying and controlling security exposures and applicable legal issues are also discussed. Students develop and/or evaluate security programs for selected industries.
Prerequisites: HS 110.

HS 235  Computer and Network Technologies  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to the technology that underlies computers and communication networks, Understanding of how computers operate; how users interact with computers; how computers store data; how computers communicate with other computers; the building blocks of communications networks; the Internet, and TCP/IP communications protocols and applications.

HS 280  Professional Skills in Homeland Security  3 Credits

Prepare students to seek and win internships. Personality evaluations, cover letter and resume preparation, interviewing skills. Ethics and professionalism in homeland security. Prerequisite is junior standing.

HS 290  Introduction to Environmental Security  3 Credits

Students will learn how environmental issues may give rise to socio-political instability around the world. This course will explore how the development and execution of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, and ultimately U.S. national security, can be impacted by emerging threats to nations from environmental health issues, infrastructure vulnerabilities, and natural resource shortages caused by rapid industrialization, population growth, and urbanization in less developed countries. It will also examine transnational threats from ozone depletion, deforestation, and climate change. In a seminar format, students and faculty will cover a variety of readings and discuss their conclusions. Students will have the opportunity to lead class discussions on assigned readings.
Prerequisites: HS 110.

HS 299  Special Topics in Homeland Security  1-6 Credit

This is a variable credit independent study course. Students wishing to pursue an independent study in Homeland Security will need to coordinate and establish the number of credits (for example, 1-3), topics, etc. with a Homeland Security faculty member willing to work with him/her.

HS 310  Fundamentals of Emergency Management  3 Credits

This course includes thorough coverage of the historical background of emergency management (EM) in the United States as well as many of the most significant laws and policies that have defined and shaped the field, including HSPD 5, HSPD 8, the National Flood Insurance Act, and the Stafford Act. Topics include detailed coverage of FEMA's all hazards approach, all phases of the EM cycle, including mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery; integrated emergency management systems, the incident command system, the National Incident Management System, emergency support functions, and risk communications. The course culminates with each student writing and formally presenting an integrated emergency management plan.
Prerequisites: HS 110 and HS 215 and HS 290.

HS 315  Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and Risk Analysis  3 Credits

Critical infrastructure security, resilience, and risk analysis. History and evolution of critical infrastructure on both public and private levels. Federal definitions, sector identification, composition and characteristics of critical infrastructure, as expressed in formal documents (Stafford Act, PDD-63; HSPD-7, PPD-21) and within the private sector. The public-private partnership approach between infrastructure sectors, and sector-specific plans, critical infrastructure in a global context. Definition and role of resilience in critical infrastructure planning and disaster mitigation, response, and recovery. Complete a project involving an in-depth review and presentation of a critical infrastructure sector. Additionally, the concept of risk analysis as a means by which resources and assets are allocated to critical infrastructure(s). Complete a group project utilizing a qualitative risk assessment methodology. Risk fundamentals, network theory, continuity of business planning, and cost-benefit analysis. A formal risk analysis report will be completed at the conclusion of the project and an oral presentation will be delivered. Role of risk in the overall mission of the Department of Homeland Security, to include the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). Successful completion of a FEMA on-line certification on the NIPP.
Prerequisites: HS 110 and HS 215.

HS 320  Homeland Security Law and Policy  3 Credits

This course is an overview of key legal, policy, and ethical issues in the context of Homeland Security policy and practice. Students examine legal concepts regarding constitutional rights of individuals, legal process, access to courts, the law of war, and national security principles as they relate to homeland security legislation and policy initiatives. Legal principles of due process, habeas corpus, search and seizure, compulsory process, and international agreements are explored in greater depth. The law of war will be examined in the context of preemptive war and the 2006 National Security Strategy, as well as issues involving the status of combatants and detention. Elements of national security law, including intelligence collection and sharing, the Patriot Act, and military-civilian relations will also be discussed. Recent Supreme Court decisions relating to some of the above concepts and legal principles will be examined and discussed.
Prerequisites: HS 110 and HS 215.

HS 321  Introduction to Fraud Investigation  3 Credits

The study of contemporary forms of white collar crime and its explanations, theories, and laws; along with the investigation and adjudication, of criminal and regulatory cases. Strategies and policies of law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction responsibilities in white collar crime matters. The utilization of business, public, and accounting records and tools to investigate fraud. Discussion and exposure to Forensic Accounting as an investigative tool against while collar crime.
Prerequisites: HS 110.

HS 325  Terrorism: Origin, Ideologies, and Goals  3 Credits

This course will conduct an overview of the ideologies, concepts, and goals of terrorism. Definitions of terrorism will be explored and discussed. The history and background of terrorism will be examined. Types of terrorism - domestic, state-supported, transnational - will be identified and discussed. Terrorist groups, domestic and worldwide, will be examined in the context of doctrine and goals. Counter-terrorist measures, domestic and worldwide, will be examined. Our national strategies will be covered in light of past and present progress in what the Bush Administration called "The War on Terror.
Prerequisites: HS 110.

HS 335  Information Security Tools and Techniques  3 Credits

Introduction to the tools and techniques used to secure computers; data networks; and digital information. How attackers view and identify vulnerabilities; weaknesses. Methods to attack and secure operating systems; communications infrastructures; and data networks including TCP/IP and the Internet; including attacker applications. Demonstration and hands-on exercises.
Prerequisites: HS 235.

HS 350  Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security  3 Credits

Intelligence is a systematic process of collection, analysis, and dissemination of information in support of national, state, and/or local policy or strategy. This course will explore the varied expressions of the intelligence community as it exists in the U.S. In addition, students will explore the history and development of the IC in the U.S., as well as major legislative acts that led to the development of intelligence as a major function of US national security strategy.
Prerequisites: HS 110 and HS 325.

HS 360  Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security  3 Credits

Strategic planning is the process of defining an organization's strategy (a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal or objective) or direction and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital, its technology and its human resources. This course will investigate the nature of strategic planning as it relates to homeland security and national security in the U.S. In addition, students will explore how strategic planning relates to decision making in more stable environments as well as decision making under uncertainty. Relevant legislation and past decisions (such as the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis) will be explored. In addition, the basic concepts of and techniques for strategic communication will be explored and developed and related to decision making.
Prerequisites: HS 110 and HS 215 and HS 290.

HS 365  Introduction to Digital Forensics  3 Credits

Introduction to the field of digital forensics; its use in gathering evidence; information interpretation for criminal and civil courts; use for intelligence gathering; in research; and incident response. Legal aspects governing search and seizure; the role of file systems and operating systems and how they interrelate; basic tools for computer, network, and mobile forensics acquisition, analysis, and reporting. Demonstration and hands-on exercises.
Prerequisites: HS 335.

HS 370  Emergency Management Strategy and Policy  3 Credits

This course will entail a detailed investigation into homeland security and emergency management policy and strategy at the local, states and national levels. Legal motivations and structures that support the emergency management function, FEMA as an organizations and the cross-over to homeland security tactics will be explored. Public education and risk communication efforts and strategies as well as the role of the Emergency Operations Center in the community will also be explored.
Prerequisites: HS 310 or HS 315.

HS 375  Studies in Transportation Sector Infrastructure and Protection  3 Credits

The exploration of the critical infrastructure in the multimodal sectors of transportation and using an all-hazards risk analysis methodology will assess the adversaries, threats, economic consequences, and controls regarding protection of these key assets. Topics covered will include government oversight of transportation security a thorough review of current federal documents, legislation, and regulations; the human factor in transportation security logistics; crisis, disaster, and risk management; technology of transportation security; smuggling, cargo theft, and contraband; weapons of mass destruction and transportation security; and finally, selected case studies in transportation security.
Prerequisites: HS 310 or HS 315.

HS 399  Special Topics in Homeland Security  1-6 Credit

This is a variable credit independent study course. Students wishing to pursue an independent study in Homeland Security will need to coordinate and establish the number of credits (for example, 1-3), topics, etc. with a Homeland Security faculty member willing to work with him/her.

HS 405  Emergent Topics in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will present multiple learning opportunities for students in either the terrorism or the emergency management area of concentration. In a seminar format, this course will be facilitated by the instructor as an advanced reading class wherein current or emerging topics specific to a given area of concentration will be explored. The instructor will present a series of articles, case studies, and talking points that each student will read and be prepared to discuss in class. In addition, the concept of business continuity planning will be described and illustrated. In the second half of the semester, each student will lead at least one class in the scholarly discussion of a topic assigned to him/her. Domestic and foreign policy implications will be considered. It is possible that this course could springboard the student into a research topic that will be completed in HS 490. Pre-requisite: Junior Standing
Prerequisites: HS 110 and HS 310 and HS 325.

HS 410  Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security  3 Credits

This course studies the nature and structure of exercise design as it is applied in the homeland security professions in general, and in the field of emergency management in particular. Students will be introduced to the nature and characteristics of both discussion-based and operations-based exercises as well as the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) inside the Department of Homeland Security. A brief history of the origins of emergency management and its legislative background (e.g., HSPD 5 and HSPD 8) will be presented. A final student project and presentation that demonstrates the student's understanding of how exercises are designed, scripted, implemented, and evaluated is required.
Prerequisites: HS 310 and HS 315.

HS 411  Terrorism, Insurgency and Irregular Warfare  3 Credits

This course will focus on the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the context of irregular warfare. Varying views of terrorism and insurgency will be examined and discussed. The efficacy of current counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations for U.S. forces throughout the world will be investigated. The strategic necessity of distinguishing between these two forces for mission success will be examined. Current COIN concepts will be examined in the context of current and prior U.S. attempts to conduct operations in non-traditional operational environments. The importance of strong civil-military partnerships as a necessary prerequisite for mission success will be discussed. Finally, the overarching importance of strategy as a template for COIN operations will be examined.
Prerequisites: HS 325.

HS 435  International Crime and Criminal Justice Structure  3 Credits

It has been said that not all criminals are terrorists, but that all terrorists are criminals. This course will expose the student to the current status and predicted trends in global crime, criminology, and the international criminal justice system. Explanations related to all aspects of criminology and the theories related to criminal behavior will be given, along with current examples. Concepts and theories will be applied in discussions on how to best combat organized crime, terrorism, human trafficking, international white collar crime and terrorism/insurgency.
Prerequisites: HS 110 and HS 325 and HS 350.

HS 450  Advanced Topics in Terrorism  3 Credits

Strategies and policies of the United States and its international partners and allies to utilize counterterrorism measures to mitigate or defeat the effects of terror-violence and other challenges to national security. History of terrorism in the United States from the Revolutionary War to present day and the development of counterterror (CT methods used to respond to attacks perpetrated by terrorists. Government agencies and organizations charged to ensure that CT policies and strategies are acted upon and adhered to including: the intelligence community and federal law enforcement agencies tasked to combat terrorism. Asymmetry as a tool of terrorism including the indiscriminate use of violence, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber-attacks to information systems and critical infrastructure.
Prerequisites: HS 320 and HS 325.

HS 465  Cybercrime and Cyberlaw  3 Credits

Types of criminal behavior in cyberspace, such as identify theft, white collar crimes, fraud, child sexual exploitation, intellectual property theft, and online scams. Laws governing cyberspace, defining criminal activity and guiding law enforcement investigations; U.S. decisional law guiding search and seizure of digital devices and information; international laws related to computer crime and privacy.
Prerequisites: HS 335.

HS 485  War, Terrorism and Diplomacy in Cyberspace  3 Credits

Cyberdiplomacy; cyberwar; cyberterrorism, definitions and examples and uses in illegal, violent actions against people for purposes of furthering ideological, economic, or political objectives. Impact of cyberspace on modern views of warfare, terrorism, and diplomacy.
Prerequisites: HS 365 and HS 465.

HS 490  Senior Capstone in Homeland Security  3 Credits

This course is designed to allow the student to explore more deeply issues specific to aspects of homeland security as they affect businesses. Students are expected to work collaboratively in groups to identify a real client, on or off campus, for whom the student group will attempt to solve a homeland security or emergency management related challenge. Each student group will research the origins of their client's challenge, and attempt to identify best practices in the field in order to adapt and apply them to their client's challenge. All projects will contain an introduction, literature review, problem statement, risk/hazard analysis, risk mitigation plan, and policy recommendations that are sensitive to economic realities facing their client. Students will culminate their final projects with presentations to their classmates and to their clients at the end of the term. The expectation of this class is to develop a professional example of the student's thinking and writing. Must be Senior standing.
Prerequisites: HS 310 and HS 315 Corequisites: HS 410.

HS 491  Thesis in Homeland Security  3 Credits

HS 491 is a pass/fail advanced thesis in homeland security. Since students may use HS 491 to substitute for the internship requirement (i.e., for those students who academically do not qualify for internship), the expectation is that the research project must be equivalent to the 300 hours interns are obligated to work. Students will function fairly independently, but still in regular contact with the course instructor, to investigate current issues or challenges to US national security. The thesis project will be a professional paper that may use either primary or secondary data collection methods. Pre-requisite: Junior Standing
Prerequisites: HS 310 and HS 315 and HS 350 and HS 360.

HS 499  Special Topics in Homeland Security  1-6 Credit

This is a variable credit independent study course. Students wishing to pursue an independent study in Homeland Security will need to coordinate and establish the number of credits (for example, 1-3), topics, etc. with a Homeland Security faculty member willing to work with him/her.