Online Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree Curriculum

Homeland Security Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum

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Core Courses 39 hours

Supporting Course Requirements 36 hours

  • EES 250: Basic Social Intelligence Skills
  • STA 215: Introduction to Statistical Reasoning
  • FSE 310: WMD/Hazardous Materials
  • GEO 210: Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEO 353: Geographic Information Systems
  • PSY 200 or 200W: Introduction to Psychology

AND select two consecutive courses in the same language.

Choose one of the following:

  • HIS 103: American Civilization since 1877
  • MSL 303: American Military History
  • BIO 100: Introductory Biology
  • BIO 101: Essentials of Biology
  • CHE 101/101L: Introductory Chemistry I
  • PHY 101: Conceptual Physics
  • PHY 131: College Physics I

Choose one of the following:

  • BIO 100: Introductory Biology
  • BIO 101: Essentials of Biology
  • CHE 101: Introductory Chemistry I
  • PHY 101: Conceptual Physics
  • PHY 131: College Physics I

Choose one of the following:

And choose two of the following:

  • POL 100: Principles of Politics and Government
  • POL 101: Introduction to American Government

Free Electives 29 hours

EKU General Education Requirements* 16 hours
(See catalog for details.)

*24 Credit hours of general education requirements are satisfied by required degree supporting courses.

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 120 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog


Course Descriptions

HLS 101 – Introduction to Homeland Security

Principles and practices associated with the emerging discipline of homeland security. Policies, directives, national plans, and legislation that shape and define the ongoing evolution of homeland security. Key issues including civil liberties and diversity. Relationship to public safety, private security, and national security.

HLS 201 – Emergency Management

Emergency planning and response for various risks, threats, and hazards. Integration and coordination of different public safety disciplines; federal, state, and local responsibilities; role of the private sector.

HLS 210 – Physical Security

Principles of physical design and application to include physical security surveys, integrated physical security technology systems, and risk identification and mitigation.

Survey of American constitutional and national security law, homeland security legislation and executive orders, and judicial opinions. Review of international law, conventions and declarations. Examination of conduct codes, ethical decision-making, ethical leadership, and moral courage.

HLS 301 – Critical Infrastructure Protection

Identification, prioritization, and protection of critical infrastructure including information technology, telecommunications, chemical, transportation, energy, water, medical, emergency services, postal and shipping. Impact on personal safety and economic performance.

HLS 310 – Personnel Security

Examines employee and contractor integrity through background screening, security awareness, ethics programs, and audits.  Analyzes special programs to protect key personnel, employees in high risk environments and workplace violence mitigation.

HLS 320 – Security Management

Evolution and application of traditional and current theories in leading and managing corporate and government/industrial security operations. Areas covered include management, supervision and leadership of a security organization.

HLS 321W – Critical Problem Analysis

Critical analysis of various risks, threats, and hazards. Critical thinking and analytical techniques for identifying, describing, disaggregating, and explaining different types of homeland security problems. This is a writing intensive course.

HLS 338 – Government/Industrial Security

Protection of government information, including classification, handling, dissemination, transmission, and storage of classified and sensitive information. Includes other administrative issues involved with computer/cyber security and protection of trade secrets.

HLS 341 – Cyber Security

Overview of the national computer and networked infrastructure that supports national security, including system protection. Global and financial implications of cyber terrorism. Impact of cyber security on privacy and civil liberties.

HLS 349 – Applied Learning (Internship) in HLS

Prerequisites: department chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, a minimum of 30 hours completed. The student works under faculty and field supervisors in placements related to the student’s academic studies. A minimum of 80 hours work required for each academic credit. May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 349 – HLS Cooperative Study

Prerequisites: department chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, a minimum of 30 hours completed. The student works under faculty and field supervisors in placements related to the student’s academic studies. A minimum of 80 hours work required for each academic credit. May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 350 – Workplace Investigation

Overview and management of criminal, civil, administrative, and internal investigative processes in the workplace, to include interviews, reports, and ethical and legal considerations related to investigations.

HLS 380 – Border & Immigration Control

Examines political and operational factors influencing border and immigration control at the federal, state and local levels. Analyzes homeland security legislation, practices and presidential directives focusing on issues dealing with border and immigration control.

HLS 391 – Risk Analysis

History and process of vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA) as it relates to the protection of critical assets and infrastructure.  Instruction in common VRA techniques used in both the public and private sectors.

HLS 401 – Intelligence Process

Key questions facing the U.S. intelligence community and its role in homeland security, national defense and international affairs, with a focus on policy, oversight and intelligence support. Collection, analysis, sharing, and dissemination of information within and between local, state, and federal government agencies and the private sector.

HLS 402 – Counterintelligence

History, structure and operations of the US counterintelligence community. Includes legal foundations of counterintelligence and critiques of recommended changes to the community.

HLS 403 – Intelligence Analysis

Examines processes used at local, state and federal levels to conduct intelligence analysis and develop intelligence products.  Includes advanced instruction in intelligence structured analytic techniques.

HLS 430 – Domestic Terrorism

Coverage of politically-motivated extremist violence in the United States. Includes discussion of definitional issues, radicalization, major attacks, current threats, and principal extremist groups and their ideologies.

HLS 435 – HLS Special Topics

Study of contemporary issues and special topics in homeland security. May be retaken under different subtitles.

HLS 441 – Homeland Security Technology

Broad overview of homeland security technology. Technology as a tool to support homeland security regardless of functional specialty. Contribution of technology to deterrence, preemption, prevention, protection, and response.

HLS 443 – Transportation Security

Examines various mass transit networks and the security environment of each.  Analyzes previous attacks on modes of transit as well as threat and vulnerability assessments of US transportation systems.

HLS 445 – HLS Field Experience

Prerequisite: department chair approval. Designed to broaden the educational experience through appropriate observational work assignments in cooperating agencies. Minimum 80 hours of observation is required for each academic credit. May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 451 – Disaster Preparedness and Response

Prerequisite: HLS 201. Concepts, theories, principles, programs and requirements of emergency preparedness, governmental planning, practice, exercises, hazard and risk assessment, and team building. Overview of the relationship of preparedness to response, emergency operations and incident command systems.

HLS 455 – HLS Independent Study

Prerequisite: department chair approval. Individual reading and research on a problem within the field of homeland security. Student must have independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours.

HLS 460 – Business Continuity and Emergency Management

Examines key emergency management-related challenges and opportunities relevant to business and industry, including business continuity planning.  Analyzes actions business and industry are taking to enhance their security and preparedness.

HLS 461 – Mitigation and Disaster Recovery

Prerequisite: HLS 201. Recovery from disasters and other types of risks, threats, and hazards. Business and government, mitigation activities, critical infrastructure restoration and disaster aid to individuals and communities.

HLS 465 – Modern Natural Disasters

Examines natural disasters to include earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, pandemics, and other events and how they shape current emergency management practices. Analyzes planning for and recovering from such disasters.

HLS 467 – Crime in Disasters

Examines why some people take advantage of disasters and commit crimes.  Assesses strategies about how crimes during natural and man-made disasters can be prevented. 

HLS 490 – Creative Leadership

Prerequisite: CRE 101 or departmental approval.  Analyze public and private sector case studies using leadership theories within a creative problem solving framework.  Group and individual case study analyses strengthen student creative thinking and leadership skills. 

HLS 491 – Emergency Planning

Prerequisite: HLS 451.  Emergency planning requirements, methods and applications for all levels of government and business, including hazard mitigation and emergency operations planning; also considers planning for universities, colleges and secondary schools.

HLS 495 – Strategic Planning and Leadership

Prerequisite: HLS senior standing or departmental approval. Senior capstone course requiring synthesis and application of prior course work in homeland security.  Students complete senior project within a strategic planning framework. 

This page reflects the program requirements in the 2016 EKU Homeland Security Program Advising Guide. See the EKU Undergraduate Catalog for more information.