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Homeland Security Management, Homeland Security Management Track, A.A.S.

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Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60 credit hours.

Purpose: In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Office of Homeland Security was created to strategically coordinate government agencies in order to better forecast, prevent, and defend against future terrorist threats. Six key operational areas are now the focus of Homeland Security: domestic counterterrorism; protecting critical infrastructure; defending against catastrophic threats; and emergency preparedness and response. Students examine a span of local, national and international issues and operations from terrorism to disaster planning and response. At the successful completion of the degree, students are well prepared for entry-level employment or promotional opportunity with numerous local, state and federal vocations. 

Range of Occupations

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Statewide Tuition: This degree is part of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute. This program of study may be designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Statewide Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must complete the required core courses and either the Homeland Security Management track or the Intelligence Analytics.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

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General Education Requirements: 21-24 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 3 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences, Computer Technology or Mathematics*: 3 credits

See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Program Requirements: 36-39 credits

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

Students who elect not to take a Computer Technology general education course must satisfy the computer competency requirement with an elective. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Fast Track Option

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Outline the essential qualifiers of national and international acts of terrorism.
  • Compare and contrast the principles of jurisdictions in local, federal and international agencies.
  • Appraise the responsibility and operations of the media in terrorist threats.
  • Construct a historical timeline reflecting significant terrorist threats and events in the United States and globally.
  • Classify the roles, functions of, and interdependency between local, federal land international law enforcement, and military agencies.
  • Compose a historical timeline reflecting methods and outcomes used by national and international law enforcement and military agencies to counter and combat terrorism.
  • Differentiate between ethical and unethical attitudes and actions regarding the execution of homeland security practices.
  • Demonstrate effective and clear verbal communication skills to articulate factual information, coordinate law enforcement agencies and describe outcomes.
  • Acquaint self with extremist ethnic, cultural, national, religious and political ideologies that foster and support terrorist activity.
  • Examine and interpret forensic evidence to reconstruct crime and terrorist events.
  • Develop strategies to generate information needed by law enforcement agency decision-makers according to Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, CIA, the military and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Solve problems individually and in a team environment.
  • Write clear, concise and accurate reports, to include factual information, analysis of data, and recommendations.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

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