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Homeland Security Management - Transportation and Border Security (A.A.S.)

Title of Major: Homeland Security Management - Transportation and Border Security, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60

About Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute

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. 

Statewide Tuition Reduction Program

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.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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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

Area of Concentration Requirements: 18-21 credits

Computer Competency Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Fast Track Option

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

Program Outcomes

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

  • Outline the essential qualifiers of national and international acts of terrorism.
  • Outline the essential emergency qualifiers and response responsibilities of homeland security, to include responding to natural disasters.
  • Outline global issues/concerns that contribute to threats against the homeland.
  • Compare and contrast the principles of jurisdictions in local, federal and international agencies.
  • Appraise the responsibility and operations of the media in terrorist threats.
  • Appraise the legal constitutional and privacy issues associated with homeland security and homeland security agencies.
  • 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 and international law enforcement, military and intelligence 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.
  • Outline the myriad of weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption.
  • 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 the college’s core competencies.

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