Certificate in Homeland Security

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

Build your knowledge base with a certificate in Homeland Security. NOTE: This option is not available to students majoring or minoring in Homeland Security.

REQUIREMENTS: 15 Hours

Select one course from:

ELECTIVES: 9 hours

Select three courses from:

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 24 hours

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.

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

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 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 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 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 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.  

This page reflects the program requirements in the 2014 EKU Homeland Security Program Advising Guide. See the EKU Undergraduate Catalog for more information.