Online Homeland Security Undergraduate Certificate

Eastern Kentucky University’s online undergraduate certificate in Homeland security provides you with the fundamental knowledge and prepares you to think critically about matters of national security.

This program is a great option if you are seeking to support your higher education credentials without committing to a bachelor’s degree program; or wish to combine a certificate in Homeland Security with your academic major to improve your employment opportunities. Course descriptions are available below.

Students completing the undergraduate Homeland Security certificate are prepared for a variety of positions throughout the private and public sectors to include:

  • Border Protection
  • Immigration & Customs
  • Transportation Security
  • Air Marshalls
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • US Coast Guard
  • Emergency Management
  • Military Services
  • US Intelligence Community
  • Corporate Security


Requirements (18 Hours):

HLS 101 - Introduction to Homeland Security
HLS 201 – Emergency Management
HLS 225 - Legal & Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
HLS 301 - Critical Infrastructure Protection
HLS 401 - Intelligence Process
HLS 430 Domestic Terrorism OR PLS 375 Terrorism/Counterterrorism OR POL 415 Terrorism and Political Violence

Electives - Select 6 hours from:
SEC 210 – Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
FSE 310 – WMD/Hazardous Materials
HLS 341 - Cyber Security
HLS 391 – Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
HLS 441 - HLS Technology

Total Curriculum Requirements: 24 hours


Course Descriptions

See sample lessons on cybercrime, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

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 225 – Legal & Ethical Issues in Homeland Security.  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.  Prerequisite: HLS 101 or department chair approval. 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 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 391 – Vulnerability and Risk Assessment.  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 430 – Domestic Security.  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 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.





Gainful Employment Higher Education Act (78 FR666665 and FR 66832) Disclosure: Estimated program cost for the 24 hours online Homeland Security Undergraduate certificate is $9480. Sixteen students completed the certificate within the normal time (1-1.5 years) in 2010-11. The median loan debt incurred was $0. Thirteen students completed the certificate within the normal time (1-1.5 years) in 2011-12. The median loan debt incurred was $0.