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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
    The purpose of this undergraduate course is to provide the student with a global overview of homeland security. It reviews the history of homeland security, emphasizing organizational structure, case law, and policy creation in response to, and as a result of, the dynamic threat environment affecting the United States. It addresses the connections and unified approach among federal, state, and local governments from a policy and procedure perspective. Finally, the course addresses both domestic and international issues in homeland security and the current and trending challenges in this field.
  • HLS350 Terrorism
    The purpose of this undergraduate course is to provide the student with an understanding of terrorism and the history and concepts of global terrorism including groups, ideologies, and motivations threatening homeland security. It addresses forms of terrorism including state-sponsored, transnational, domestic, and international organizations focusing on similarities, differences, and objectives. It explains counter-terrorism operations from a conceptual basis and identifies multi-agency programs and outcomes established for effective operations. The readings range from the historical origins of terrorism to modern cases of terrorism seen in the world today. On completion of this course, students should be able to identify terrorist organizations both national and international and understand their motivations and methods.
  • 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.


A specialization in Intelligence and Homeland Security pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider an Undergraduate Specialization

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals and personal interests. With just five additional, lower-division courses, you can earn a specialization along with your bachelor’s degree. Similar to a minor, or degree concentration, an undergraduate specialization lets you explore a second area of interest. Provide proof that you’re dedicated and invested in the career you want with additional skills in the field.

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