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Degree Specialization inIntelligence and Homeland Security

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Learn how Homeland Security works to ensure the safety of the United States of America.

Whether you’re involved in government work or international business, the concepts and practical applications learned in the Intelligence and Homeland Security specialization will provide you with a deeper understanding of how the United States operates and protects its citizens, both domestically and abroad.

From human trafficking to cyber attacks, this specialization will familiarize you with the biggest threats facing the United States today -- as well as ways to identify, analyze, and deal with them. You’ll study protocols for reducing vulnerability, tactics for minimizing damage when there is an attack, how to recover from terrorist events, and much more.

This program consists of five lower-division, online Intelligence and Homeland Security courses, for a total of 15 credit hours:

  • HLS300: Introduction to Homeland Security

    This course provides a high level view of homeland security emphasizing organizational structure, case law, and policy creation in response to and results of the dynamic threat environment impacting the United States. Topics include the connections and unified approach between federal, state, and local governments from a policy and procedure perspective.

  • HLS350: Terrorism

    This course provides a basic understanding of the history and concepts of global terrorism including groups, ideologies, and motivations threatening homeland security. Topics include the various forms of terrorism including state-sponsored, transnational, domestic, and international organizations. The concept of counter-terrorism is also addressed through the identification of multi-agency programs and outcomes established for effective operations.

  • HLS375: Risk Analysis and Mitigation

    This course provides visibility into the threat spectrum including the systematic approaches in identifying critical infrastructures and key resources as a basis for risk acceptance and mitigation. In understanding risk and vulnerability, students learn to address appropriate countermeasures in an objective, quantifiable way.

  • HLS400: Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Identification and Protection

    This course provides a high level understanding of critical infrastructures and key resources. Topics include the critical infrastructure protection process and an examination of its components: people, physical entities, and information systems. This course places CIKR in the context of the nation's overarching National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and examines the interchange required for an integrated program. Further, it addresses the risk-informed resource allocation process as a key resource prioritization component.

  • HLS450: Intelligence

    This course provides an understanding of the intelligence cycle as it relates to homeland security. Topics include intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination with a review on the historical context of intelligence and its role in decision making. The course also addresses the different intelligence disciplines of structures, missions, and products. The use of case studies covering past, present, and future challenges to intelligence operations and homeland security counter measures are also discussed for threat assessment and risk analysis.

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