BS Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management was established to provide students with a broad view of homeland security and emergency management issues focusing on policy considerations and aligning with the five National Preparedness System mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Course work includes, but is not limited to homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement and business continuity issues. The program is intended for students who want to learn the fundamentals of homeland security and emergency management and prepares them for the day-to-day decision-making required in the post-9/11 era. The 120-credit degree program is offered completely online and complements the Master of Science in Homeland Security or Master of Science in Management degree programs at Thomas Edison State University.

BS Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 9
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 8-10
E. Mathematics 3
F. General Education Electives 14-16
II. Area of Study 33
A. Required 18
  • Terrorism (SOS-440)
  • Counterterrorism: Constitutional and Legislative Issues (HLS-410)
  • Homeland Security: Preparedness, Prevention and Deterrence (HLS-420)
  • Protecting the Homeland, Response and Recovery (HLS-429)
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SOS-492)
  • Capstone in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HLS-498)
B. Area of Study Electives (select 15 credits from below or other courses in Homeland Security) 15
  • White Collar Crime (AOJ-303)
  • Victimology and Criminal Behavior (AOJ-381)
  • Public Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice (AOJ-484)
  • Management Information Systems (CIS-301)
  • Interpersonal Communications (COM-330)
  • Elements of Intercultural Communication (COM-335)
  • War and American Society (HIS-356)
  • Organizational Behavior (MAN-311)
  • International Relations I (POS-315)
  • Conflict in International Relations (POS-420)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (PSY-370)
  • Introduction to Counseling (PSY-331)
  • Gangs (SOC-384)
  • Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business and Beyond (SOS-360)
  • Challenges in U.S. and Global Public Health (SOS-370)
  • Deliberative Democracy and Social Action (SOS-425)
III. Electives 27
Total 120 credits


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