Center for the Study of Homeland Security
The Political Science Program administers the Center for the Study of Homeland Security, which now offers a certificate in Homeland Security Studies and a Minor in Homeland Security for degree-seeking students.
The minor in Homeland Security provides students with an opportunity for in-depth study of the political and public policy issues involved in the homeland security field of governance and industry.
To complete the minor, students are required to complete a total of 18 credit hours of coursework.
Specific Requirements for the Minor in Homeland Security
|POLSC 270||Introduction to Homeland Security||3|
|POLSC 272||Critical Incident Management||3|
|Elective Homeland Security Courses|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Intelligence and National Security|
|Homeland Security and the Law|
|Threat and Strategic Planning|
All students pursuing the minor earn the Certificate in Homeland Security Studies.
Students have the option to replace one current 300 level Homeland Security class with an elective 300 level course for the minor. Any elective chosen must be approved prior to the student’s enrollment in the course. Approval is given though student consultation with the Director of the Center for Homeland Security.
Only one course taken for the Homeland Security Certificate can count toward the political science minor.
Student Learning Outcomes for the Homeland Security Program
Knowledge: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of intelligence and counter-intelligence concepts; legal and constitutional principles pertaining to homeland and national security policy; strategic planning interfaces between national, state, and local governments; conceptual aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism; and understand basic inter-agency communication needs, methods, and processes.
Writing: Students will be able to construct and present coherent, objective, and well reasoned arguments or discussions pertaining to topics on homeland security.
Critical Thinking: Students will be able to: recognize issues that are pertinent to homeland security; question issue validity; develop logically sound arguments pertaining to said issues; and evaluate sources of evidence pertaining to the issue (including contrary and supporting evidence).
Communication: Students will be able to construct, compose, and deliver professional reports, research, and briefings.
Outcomes Assessment Activities for the Homeland Security Program
The Director of the Homeland Security program establishes and maintains a portfolio for each student with a declared minor in Homeland Security. Portfolios include student’s major papers and observations of research presentations for the Terrorism course and other pertinent information including transcripts. This portfolio, in conjunction with results from an annual in-class observation of student performance in a minor level course, form the basis of evaluating expected student learning outcomes.